Strong performance by School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering in world subject rankings

UNSW Sydney’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering performed strongly in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018: Energy Science & Engineering moved up from 51-75 to 39, and Environmental Science & Engineering moved up from 51- 75 to 44.

Within Engineering more broadly, numerous Engineering subjects ranked first in Australia (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Water Resources) – double the number of Engineering subjects ranked first in 2017.
Other highlights included:

• Aerospace Engineering moved up from 47 to 41.
• Electrical & Electronic Engineering moved up from 101-150 to 46.
• Marine/Ocean Engineering moved up from 18 to 16.
• Mining & Mineral Engineering moved up from 12 to 7.
• Telecommunication Engineering moved up from 42 to 38.
• Transportation Science & Technology moved up from 41 to 34.

“This year’s performance by UNSW Engineering – particularly including Energy Science & Engineering as well as Environmental Science & Engineering – in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 makes me proud to be the Faculty’s Dean. It really speaks to the high quality and high impact research of international renown that the Faculty is producing,” said UNSW Dean of Engineering, Mark Hoffman.

“In addition to confirming that UNSW Engineering is a major international leader, it is really exciting to see the continued upward trajectory of UNSW Engineering in rankings like these. This adds to UNSW’s recent rise from 31 to 27 in the Engineering & Technology QS Rankings.”

UNSW Sydney scored the most subjects ranked first in Australia and the highest number of subjects ranked in the top 100 in the country.

With 38 subjects ranking in the global top 100, 24 in the top 50 and three in the top 10, UNSW continues its climb up the rankings, having the most subjects of all Australian universities in the prestigious league table.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects has published the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009. The rankings assess more than 4000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

United States universities continue to dominate the rankings, occupying first place in 35 disciplines, followed by China with nine and the Netherlands with three. The best performing institution in the world is Harvard, taking 17 crowns, ShanghaiRanking said in a release.

The methodology to determine the ranking includes the number of papers published, international collaboration and citation impact. The full methodology can be found here.

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