Australia has 24 universities on the top 200 most internationalised universities in the world list and 16 in the top 100 according to the international ranking agency, Times Higher Education.

I congratulate our universities on these rankings, particularly the Australian National University which was the highest ranked at 25th place.

The Government wants to ensure that our students are receiving an education with a strong international focus which will adequately prepare them for global career paths and it’s pleasing to see that our universities are some of the most internationally-focused in the world.

Australia was the second most represented country in today’s list of the world’s most international universities.

Today’s announcement also confirms Australian universities ongoing success in collaborating with some of the world’s great research institutions, in some cases leading ground-breaking research and innovation that is recognised internationally.

This ranking announcement follows Australia’s success in the overall ranking of the world’s best universities, announced by Times Higher Education in October 2015, where six of Australia’s universities ranked in the world’s top 100, led by the University of Melbourne in 33rd place. Australia was the fifth most represented country in that top 100 list.

Today’s announcement will ensure we continue to attract the world’s top students and researchers to our universities. It also confirms our domestic students are receiving an internationally-focused education that will enable them to remain competitive in an increasing globalised jobs market.

Our commitment to international engagement is demonstrated in the recently announced National Innovation and Science Agenda which will further enhance Australia’s global reputation as a leader in research and education into the future.

The Times Higher Education international outlook ranking scores universities on their ratio of international versus domestic staff and students, as well as each universities success in international research collaboration.

Details of Times Higher Education most international universities ranking are available on their website.

from the office of
Senator The Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Tourism and International Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
Senator for Tasmania