Subjects rise up rankings into global top 10

Monash University has welcomed the Shanghai Ranking’s 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) with boosts in 13 subject areas, pushing a number of subjects into the world top 10.

More than 4000 Universities are ranked as part of the GRAS results which were released yesterday (Tuesday July 17) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU).

Monash saw rises across a number of disciplines. Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science jumped 13 places to 9th globally, as did Mining and Material Engineering ranking it 10th in the world.

Metallurgical Engineering jumped two places, putting the subject at 9th globally.

Nationally, Metallurgical Engineering and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are now both ranked 1st, along with eight other subjects, including Business Administration and Education, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nanoscience and Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (joint 1st with UNSW).

There were also major jumps for Transportation Science and Technology up 7 places to 13th globally and 2nd nationally and Business Administration, which rose 16 places to 22nd globally.

Education rose 3 places to be ranked 16th in the world and Nursing rose 7 places to 32nd globally.

Monash’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the results demonstrated the University’s endeavour to foster innovation and excellence across every discipline.

“Monash is creating global impact through the excellence of its research and teaching staff and by collaborating with industry to drive innovation,” said Professor Gardner. 

“The breadth of disciplines in which we have improved this year reveals the full scale of that excellence.  Our expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is self-evident, but our strengths in Education and Nursing area also truly world class,” she said.

Professor Gardner also noted the GRAS results followed strong improvements in the QS 2018 World University Rankings by Subject released in March this year, and the University’s rise to  59th place on the QS World University Rankings ladder in June.

This is the second year that the Shanghai Rankings GRAS ranking has produced a comprehensive set of academic subjects. There are now 54 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences ranked.

Rankings criteria

To be included in the academic subject rankings, universities are required to meet a minimum publication threshold during the period of 2011-2015, with the threshold varied for different subjects. The GRAS uses information sourced independently from the InCites database (sourced from Web of Science) and uses indicators including: number of papers (PUB); Category Normalised Citation Impact (CNCI); International Collaboration (IC); the number of paper published in TOP Journals, and the total number of staff winning significant awards.