Monash achieves world gold standard for research excellence

Monash University’s research performance has been ranked above international standard in the latest round of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, released today by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Every three years, the ERA evaluates the research strengths of Australian universities by discipline, following a rigorous assessment process by internationally respected experts.

Of the 22 broadfields of research rated, Monash was eligible for assessment in 21.The University achieved world standard status across all disciplines and the highest possible ranking of five in 10 research disciplines, placing Monash well above world standard in:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Economics
  • Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • History & Archaeology
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies

Over 90 per cent of the University’s sub-fields of research were ranked above or well above world standard, with the number of disciplines achieving the highest ranking of five increasing to 45 in 2018 - up from 38 in the 2015 round.

Among the sub-fields that attained the highest score for the quality of their research, 12 achieved a rating of five for the first time, including Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Criminology, Applied Ethics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results highlight the University's strengths across a diverse range of disciplines and a commitment to high-quality research.

“Monash has demonstrated not only a very high level of research excellence but further significant improvements in research quality,” Professor Gardner said.

“Only through the highest quality research can we address and solve the complex challenges of today's world.”

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Marc Parlange, said the University set new benchmarks for research excellence in Humanities, Arts and Social Science and STEM.

“We are delighted to see strong performances across STEM and HASS which confirms the University’s research strengths in these fields,” Professor Parlange said.

“These results reflect our investment in the expertise, infrastructure and collaborations to drive leading research discoveries.”