World University Rankings

Western Sydney University Rankings

As a world-class university, Western is globally recognised for our research strengths and innovations in teaching. That's why international students from over 70 countries choose to study at Western Sydney University every year.

Overall Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 20221

  • Top 2% in the world
  • Top 250 universities globally
Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 20231
  • 1st in the world overall
  • 1st in the world for SDG 5 Gender Equality
  • 1st in the world for SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 1st in the world for SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals
  • 2nd in the world for SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 2nd in the world for SDG 15 Life on Land
  • 3rd in the world for SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
  • 4th in the world for SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 5th in the world for SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 7th in the world for SDG 13 Climate Action

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 20221

  • Number 5 in Australia among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 31 in the world among universities under 50 years old

QS World University Rankings 20242

  • Ranked 375th in the world

Top 350 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 20213

US News Best Global Universities 2021

  • Top 20 in Australia
  • Top 250 globally

Subject Rankings

Academic Subjects (Shanghai Ranking) 20221

  • Number 2 in Australia and 16 worldwide in Ecology
  • Top 10 universities in Australia:
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Automation Control
    • Civil Engineering
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Nursing
  • Top 50: Nursing
  • Top 75: Automation Control; Civil Engineering
  • Top 100: Agricultural Sciences
  • Top 200: Clinical Medicine; Education
  • Top 300: Geography; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Computer Sciences & Engineering; Public Health; Communication; Psychology

QS World University Rankings by Subject 20232

  • Top 50: Nursing
  • Top 150: Linguistics; Sports-related Subjects
  • Top 200: Agriculture & Forestry; Architecture & Built Environment; Communication & Media Studies; Geography; Psychology; Sociology

Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings 20223

  • Top 200: Psychology
  • Top 250: Arts and Humanities; Education; Life Sciences and Social Sciences

Excellence in Teaching and Research

QS World University Rankings – Star Audit 20221

Overall Score: 5 Stars

5 star ranking in these categories:

  • Teaching
  • Employability
  • Internationalisation
  • Facilities
  • Research
  • Specialist Criteria: Nursing
  • Environmental Impact

2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report

  • 85% of the University's research has been ranked at 'world standard or above'

For more information about our achievements in research, visit Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) or see our Research Concentrations.

Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers List

Recognises researchers from around the world who demonstrate significant influence in their chosen field or fields. This is based on the publication of multiple, highly-cited papers during the last decade, from January 2011 to December 2021. Western Sydney University academics have been named amongst the most-highly cited researchers in the world in the latest Clarivate Highly Cited (HiCis) Researchers list for 20221.

The University’s highly-cited researchers for 2022 are:

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

  • Associate Professor Brendan Choat
  • Professor Braj Singh
  • Professor Ben Smith
  • Professor Ian Wright
  • Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn
  • Dr Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
  • Professor Peter Reich (affiliate)

School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

  • Distinguished Professor Wei-Xing Zheng

NICM Health Research Institute

  • Dr Joe Firth (affiliate)

Institute for Culture and Society

  • Professor Jamie Peck (affiliate)