Oceanography leads charge in global rankings

The University of Tasmania has topped the nation in the field of oceanography and had 10 subjects recognised within the top 100 globally, following the release of Shanghai Ranking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

The rankings provide comparative analysis on the performance of almost 20,000 universities globally, across 54 subjects and five broad subject areas.

The following 10 subjects achieved top 100 global rankings, up from nine in 2020 thanks to the debut of remote sensing this year (national rankings appear in brackets):

  • Oceanography: 8 (1)
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering: 25 (7)
  • Marine/Ocean Engineering: 27 (3)
  • Ecology: 51-75 (9)
  • Agricultural Sciences: 51-75 (7)
  • Earth Sciences: 76-100 (9)
  • Atmospheric Sciences: 76-100 (3)
  • Remote Sensing: 76-100 (6)

College of Sciences and Engineering Interim Executive Dean, Terry Bailey, said the results were a credit to the talented researchers whose efforts helped secure this outcome.

“This is a remarkable achievement for our people, and I’d like to thank everyone for the hard work and collaboration that is reflected in these results,” Mr Bailey said.

“It’s particularly rewarding to see the consistency of these rankings year-on-year, which signals the depth of talent and reputation for excellence we have across the sciences.”

The GRAS rankings use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in respective subjects, including research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

In addition to these rankings, the University has for the first time been named in the top 500 institutions worldwide in the 2021 Nature Index, coming in at number 488.

The Nature Index ranks the world’s top 500 universities across 35 countries based on the research outputs in selected journals covering life sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, and earth and environmental sciences.

(Banner image of the Southern Ocean by Pete Harmsen)

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