The University of Sydney is ranked 60th in the world in the latest Times Higher Education World University 2024 rankings.
In domestic rankings the University is the highest ranked institution in NSW and third-highest ranked in Australia and New Zealand.

In the 20th year of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 1904 universities were ranked – up from 1799 last year – from 108 countries and regions. 

World global rankings assess research-intensive universities across 18 performance indicators covering their core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation. 

Several updates have been made to the World University Rankings methodology this year – including 18 calibrated performance indicators (up from 13 last year), which are grouped into five pillars: teaching, research quality, research environment, international outlook and industry. New metrics include three that look at research quality and one that specifically examines patents under the industry pillar.

Professor Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said: “It is satisfying that the University of Sydney’s highest ranked pillar is research environment, previously referred to as research, which saw us move from 62nd to 54th internationally. We scored especially highly on the research quality pillar which is measured by research strength, excellence and impact and by citation impact.”

The University also achieved a high score for its industry pillar, (score moving from 73.2 to 97.7) which is measured by industry income and the relevance of University research to new patents.
Australian universities’ pillar scores are all above the world average. There are six Australian Universities in the top 100 and 11 in the top 200 in the latest rankings. Australia has 37 universities in the ranking and New Zealand has eight.

Commenting on Australia’s performance, Phil Baty, THE’s Chief global affairs officer, said:

  “… while the rankings show Australia has historically very high levels of research quality, current figures show a relative under-investment in research, which sends a clear red-light warning.  
“What our biggest, most rigorous and authoritative rankings show is that you have to run very fast even just to stand still in an increasingly dynamic, competitive global higher education sector.”  

The University ranked equal 19th globally in the highly regarded 2024 QS World University Rankings, jumping 22 places from last year. In the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject seven disciplines were ranked in the global top 20 and 30 in the top 50.
The University performed strongly in the most recent ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, where Sydney recorded 14 research areas in the top 50 globally, including nursing (7th), telecommunication engineering (9th) and transportation science and technology (10th). 
The University of Sydney is currently hosting the Times Higher Education Academic World Summit 2023.