Why choose Western Sydney University?


Western Sydney University is a world-class university, globally recognised for its research strengths and innovations in teaching. Here's why international students from over 70 countries choose to study at Western Sydney University every year. Find out more about what our students love about Western on Why Study Here! (opens in a new window)

World rankings

Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Ranking of Universities

Academic Ranking of World Universities: Top 400 

Western Sydney University has been named one of the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)  2016.


Find our more in our announcement or on the ARWU website. (opens in a new window)
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Leiden Rankings

Western Sydney Universiy is ranked:
  • 2nd in Australia - Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • 2nd in Australia - Research Partnerships
  • 3rd in Australia - Life and Earth Sciences
  • 12th in Australia - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 13th in Australia - Impact on Research
  • 25th in the world - Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 253rd in the world - Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 272nd in the world - Impact on Research
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Western Sydney University has been ranked:
  • Top 3% in the world
  • In world's top 500 universities
  • Number 86 in the world among universities under 50 years old

For more information, visit the Western Sydney University page on the Times Higher Education website.(opens in a new window)

QS World University Rankings – star audit

5/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
5 Stars 
  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness
  • Innovation
  • Teaching
4/5 stars - indicating that Western is well above world standard
 4 Stars 
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Research

QS World University Rankings - subject areas

Top 50 - Nursing 

Top 100 - Geography 

Top 150 - 200 - Agriculture and Forestry
Communication and Media Studies
Psychology
Sociology

Top 200 - 250 - Education
English Language and Literature

Top 300 - 350 - Medicine 

Top 350 - 400  - Computer Science and Information Systems

QS World University Rankings - faculty areas

Top 250 - Arts and Humanities
Top 350 - Social Sciences and Management 

Good Universities Guide 

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5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard  Quality Teaching

5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard  Generic Skills


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Research ranked at world class or better

70% of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national report.
For more information, visit Research Concentrations.
5/5 stars - indicating that UWS is well above world standard Research areas ranked as "well above world standard" are: Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences, and Complementary Medicine.
4/5 stars - indicating that UWS is above world standard  Research areas ranked as "above world standard" are: Applied Mathematics, Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry, Soil sciences, Ecology, Mechanical Engineering, Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, and Literary Studies.
3/5 stars - indicating that UWS is at world standard  Research areas ranked as "world standard" are: Analytical Chemistry, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Civil Engineering, Clinical Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Film, Television and Digital Media, Historical Studies, Human Geography, Human Movement and Sports Science, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Nursing, Other Studies in Human Society, Philosophy, Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Policy and Administration, Political Science, Pure Mathematics, Religion and Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Specialist Studies in Education, Urban and Regional Planning.
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Ranked among top 20 of Australian universities

For achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants.

For more information, visit Research Grants Awarded 2013.