You may have noted the Academic Ranking of World Universities is out today, and I am very pleased to say we have improved our position by six places, placing ANU 64th in the world.
The ranking, produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places ANU top in Australia when we adjust to take size into account.
This improvement clearly reflects the high quality of research at ANU and the commitment to excellence from all ANU staff.
ANU has also done very well in rankings by discipline and subject. In disciplines we ranked 37 in the world for science (including maths) and in the top 100 in social sciences and life sciences.
By subject, ANU took out the top Australian rank at 30 in the world for physics, a subject identified as of national importance in terms of training graduates to meet future workforce needs.
The ANU community has every reason to be proud of these results, and to see them as an endorsement of the work we all do. Thank you for all your efforts.
In addition to the excellent staff already here at ANU, I am pleased to say that a number of high-profile strategic appointments have been made in the recent past, and we will continue to nurture and add to the already very impressive talent pool at ANU.
I would expect our ranking position to further improve in coming years.
It is also very pleasing to see an overall improvement in the standing of the Australian higher education sector, with five Australian universities now in the top 100.