Rankings and Reputation

UNSW has an excellent reputation both in Australia and internationally. We are ranked highly and work hard on strategic partnerships to ensure we offer the very best study experience.



QS World University Rankings: 5 Star+ rating and 46th in the World.

UNSW Australia was ranked 46th in the 2015 QS World University Rankings.

UNSW is also one of only eight universities in the world to be awarded a 5 Star Plus badge for excellence from the QS Intelligence Unit. It’s the fourth year in a row that UNSW has achieved the maximum 5 star plus rating, after being the first university in the world to receive the honour in 2012.

The QS ratings system aims to provide institutions with a broader range of criteria that allow them to stand out in their particular areas of excellence. 

Core areas evaluated included teaching, research, employability, internationalisation, facilities, access, innovation, and specialist criteria in social sciences and management.


International Reputation & Networks

Since 1949, we have developed strong partnerships in teaching and research. We are consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the Asia region and a major recipient of competitive research grants from Australian industry and government bodies. UNSW is proud to be a member of the following prestigious groups:

Group of Eight (Go8)

A coalition of 8 leading Australian universities (out of 39 universities nationally), intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education.

Universitas 21

An international network of 27 research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.

Global Alliance of Technological Universities

UNSW is one of only 9 member universities of this network of the world’s top technological universities. The Alliance aims to address global societal issues to which science and technology could be their solution. These issues include biomedicine and health care, sustainability and global environmental change, security of energy, water and food supplies, security, and changing demographics/ population.