New global rankings show Australia has top-tier water research

Posted 19 April 2017

Australian universities boast some of the world's very best water research institutions, according to the Center for World University Rankings. 

In its inaugural subject rankings, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) looked at 227 subject areas and rated global universities based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals.  

James Cook University was named first when it came to marine and freshwater biology, followed by the Ocean University of China, University of Queensland and the University of Tasmania. 

In the subject area of water resources, University of Queensland (UQ) ranked fourth globally (91.07) and the University of New South Wales came in seventh (89.56). Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands received the top honour. 

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said he was thrilled that the university ranked so highly. 

“This achievement showcases the hard work that our researchers and academics put into science and social science across UQ,” he said.

UQ ranked in the top ten for six water-related subjects: biodiversity conservation (1), marine and freshwater biology (3), water resources (4), ecology (6), environmental engineering (6), environmental sciences (6) and environmental studies (6). 

“A number-one ranking in biodiversity conservation is an incredible achievement and underscores the impressive research firepower we bring to protecting the world’s species,” Høj said. 

University of Tasmania ranked seventh globally for fisheries and for oceanography

Other Australian universities were listed in the top ten for the subject areas of: 

Agronomy (University of Western Australia and University of Adelaide)
Marine engineering (University of Western Australia)
Ocean engineering (University of Western Australia)
Green and Sustainable Science and Technology (Monash University)