The University of Newcastle has earned one of its best international grades, 356th in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities released this week.
The ranking puts it in the top 4per cent of universities in the world, but is still well out of the top 100.
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The top-ranked university in the world was Harvard University and the top-ranked Australian university was the Australian National University in 59th place.
In past years the University of Newcastle has been ranked between 352 and 381.
It was ranked 128th in the world in 2012 for engineering and computers.
There are more than 9000 universities around the globe and 1200 are assessed and ranked in the top 500.
Vice-chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said it was remarkable for the Hunter to have a world-class university that ranked in the top 400 globally.
“A significant number of the high-ranking universities are 100 years old or more,’’ she said.
‘‘As a young university under the age of 50 years, achieving 356th in the world on this prestigious university league table is an excellent result for Newcastle and is testament to our strengthening global research leadership.’’
The ranks are based on cited researchers, published papers, prizes awarded to alumni and to staff in specified fields.
The ranking follows the University of Newcastle’s rankings in 2012 in the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50 by two other independent world ranking systems.
Newcastle was placed number 45 by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in its inaugural 100 Under 50 rankings.