Griffith climbs prestigious ARWU rankings

Inside the Engineering, Technology and Aviation Building on Griffith's Nathan campus
Griffith Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans

The 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has ranked Griffith University in the 201-300 band for the first time, a significant shift upwards for the South East Queensland based institution, after eight years in the top 400 band.

President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Carolyn Evans, said the improved ranking result sees Griffith now placed in the Top 300 for every major global university ranking.

“This is a significant result for the University as we seek to enhance our reputation both nationally and abroad, to strengthen our international partnerships and our attractiveness to future staff, Higher Degree Research students and high-quality international students,” Professor Evans said.

“These results require a team effort right across the University and illustrate that our continued efforts towards creating a better future for all are making an impact.”

Griffith’s ranking within the 201-300 band puts it on par with institutions like the University of Auckland, KAIST (Korea), Maastricht University, National Taiwan University, Newcastle University (UK), Shanghai University, TU Berlin, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Cape Town, Tsukuba University, and the University of Ottawa.

The ARWU ranking, published by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, is non-commercial and has been in existence since 2003, consistently using same metrics to rank global universities.

The ranking uses six objective indicators to rank more than 1800 universities each year, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and the per capita performance of a university.