The University of Sydney has maintained its lead over other Australian architecture schools in the Architecture and Built Environment category of the QS World University Rankings for 2017. The university has increased its rank from 17 in 2016 to 15 this year, a position it shares now with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. .
Other highly ranked schools fell slightly from their 2016 positions. The University of Melbourne rose from age 18 to 19, taking the place occupied by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on last year. UNSW fell to 22.
Other Australian universities in the world’s top 50 for architecture and the built environment were RMIT University (28), Newcastle University (45) and University of Queensland (49).
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked first in the world for architecture for the third year in a row. University College London (UCL), Delft University of Technology, University of California, Berkeley and ETH Zurich round out the top five.
A university’s ranking is determined by a number of factors, including the school’s academic and employer reputation, both of which are assessed through an international survey, the number of citations per research paper, and their H index, which is based on the institution’s most cited. articles and the number of citations the institution receives in other publications on a given topic.
Ranking bodies like QS have been criticized in the past, both for the methodology behind rankings and for the special attention given to them by prospective students and the universities themselves. ArchitectureAUThe most read story of 2015 was a report on that year’s QS Ranking by Subject, which ranked a number of Australian architecture schools higher than their Ivy League counterparts in the United States.
In 2015, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, professor and director of the University of Queensland School of Architecture, said in an essay for ArchitectureAU: “For the field of architecture, the opinion of the academics questioned accounts for 70% of the score. Opinion polls are by definition subjective, and the fact that the QS Index relies on reputation metrics to this degree has led to considerable skepticism and explains its great variability over the years. Specifically, “[t]The QS survey asks academics to list up to 10 national and 30 international institutions that they consider excellent for research in five areas of faculty they are familiar with. It is highly unlikely that an individual will have a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the inner workings, recent accomplishments, and current agenda of up to 200 programs.
Apart from rankings by subject, QS ranks universities in general. The Australian National University is the highest ranked in Australia, at 22. The University of Melbourne (42), the University of Sydney (46) and the University of New South Wales (49) are the only others Australian universities to rank currently. in the top 50 in 2017.
The QS Global Rankings of the 25 Best Universities for Architecture and the Built Environment in 2017 are:
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – United States
2. University College London (UCL) – United Kingdom
3. Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands
4. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – United States
5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) – Switzerland
6. Manchester School of Architecture – United Kingdom
7. Harvard University – United States
8. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
9. National University of Singapore – Singapore
10. The University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong
11. Tsinghua University – China
12. Columbia University – United States
13. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – United States
14. Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) – Italy
15 = Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong
15 = The University of Sydney – Australia
17. University of Tokyo – Japan
18. Georgia Institute of Technology – United States
19. The University of Melbourne – Australia
20. Tongji University – China
21. Cornell University – United States
22. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Australia
23 = KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden
23 = Stanford University – United States
25. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) – Switzerland