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Macquarie University Rises in QS Rankings

The annual QS World University Rankings have been released with Macquarie University being ranked in the top 200 universities in the world. The rise in rank has been a steady increase for the university having been placed 250th in 2019. Nationally, Macquarie is now ranked 13th.


The QS Ranking system is a global ranking system that assesses universities based on the global ranking, ranking by subject, and graduate employability. The following factors are ranked and taken into consideration in totaling the rank of universities:


• Academic Reputation

• Employer Reputation

• Faculty Student Ratio

• Citations per Faculty

• International Faculty Ratio

• International Students Ratio


Macquarie has remained in the top 50 for Philosophy and Linguistics, ranked 24th and 28th respectively with Classics and Ancient History joining their ranks at 44th this year.


Earth and Marine Science, Geology, Geography, and Geophysics have all maintained or entered into the top 100 subjects. Accounting and Finance increased their rank from 84th to 83rd as has Psychology from ranked 74th to 73rd. English Literature and Language have entered the top 100 and ranked 92nd. Although Education remains in the top 100, it fell from 78th to 92.


In light of the unsteady climate for tertiary education in the last few years with the Morrison government preventing public universities from accessing Job-Keeper, the rankings are a sound indicator of the quality of work and teaching at Macquarie.


Globally, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked first as the top university. Australian National University was tied 27th globally and first in Australia.

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