UNSW School of Social Sciences performs well in world subject rankings

7 Aug 2018

UNSW Library

The UNSW School of Social Sciences has performed steadily in the latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 with Public Administration ranked in the top 75 in the world.

The subject which falls under the Social Research & Policy discipline moved up from 76-100 last year. The School’s Political Sciences (Politics and International Relations) and Sociology subjects were also ranked in the top 150 in the world.

“I’m very pleased to see the strong performance of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects again this year,” said UNSW Dean of Arts & Social Sciences, Professor Susan Dodds.

“It speaks to the superior calibre of our academics, to the world-class research the Faculty undertakes and to the strong nexus between this research excellence and the excellence of our teaching curriculum.”

Other highlights from the rankings across the Faculty include:

• Communications maintaining its position in the 76-100 range

• And Education maintaining its position in the 76-100 range.

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.