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RANKED: The best universities in Australia

Sarah Kimmorley

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has released its annual rankings for 2017.

Topping the list is Harvard University in the US for the sixth consecutive year.

Stanford and MIT rounded out the top three places, followed by Cambridge and Oxford.

The top ranking Australian university this year is the University of Sydney, coming in at number 74.

All up, 27 made the global top 1000.

“The performance of Australia’s representatives in the top 1,000 has generally improved in 2017 compared to last year, but further funding should be invested in research if the country aspires to increase its competitiveness on the global stage," Dr. Nadim Mahassen, President of the Center for World University Rankings, said.

“This year, 61 countries - more than ever before - feature in the top 1,000 list, which represents the top 3.7% of degree-granting institutions of higher education globally.

"The US remains the dominant force in higher education worldwide, claiming the top three spots, 8 of the top 10, and 54 of the top 100. It leads with 225 universities represented in the top 1,000, followed by China (97), Japan (71), the UK (65), and Germany (57).”

The CWUR uses eight indicators to rank universities.

Here are how Australia's tertiary sector ranked, in ascending order according to the CWUR.

*The first figure following the university is its 2017 ranking. The number following it in brackets is its 2016 ranking.

University of Sydney: 74 (95)
2. University of Melbourne: 82 (89)
3. University of Queensland: 94 (99)
4. University of New South Wales: 105 (117)
5. Monash University: 136 (143)
6. Australian National University: 163 (160)
7. University of Western Australia: 206 (213)
8. University of Adelaide: 280 (319)
9. Macquarie University: 434 (448)
10. University of Wollongong: 436 (455)
11. University of Newcastle: 458 (472)
12. University of Tasmania: 473 (512)
13. James Cook University: 481 (538)
14. Griffith University: 499 (573)
15. Curtin University: 535 (544)
16. Deakin University: 536 (564)
17. Queensland University of Technology: 574 (601)
18. University of South Australia: 591 (673)
19. Flinders University: 614 (632)
20. La Trobe University: 629 (624)
21. Swinburne University of Technology: 677 (670)
22. University of Technology, Sydney: 714 (758)
23. Western Sydney University: 791 (848)
24. Murdoch University: 811 (835)
25. RMIT University: 837 (869)
26. University of New England (Australia): 900 (859)
27. Charles Darwin University: 956 (902)