Deakin University has been included in the top 500 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time.
In the just released 2014 ARWU rankings, Deakin is in 4th place in Victoria and 19th in Australia.
"We are delighted by this international acknowledgment of the progress we are making as a university in our academic and research endeavors," said Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander.
"Deakin is extremely proud of our research achievements and our research staff and students who have contributed to this excellent result. I commend their exceptional performance and their dedication to conducting high quality research that makes a real difference to the world.
"In our 40th year we are placed in the top 3% of global universities in all three of the international global ranking systems."
The ARWU, formerly known as the Shanghai JiaoTong University Ranking, is a highly regarded index; the data it is based on is independently sourced and focuses on significant indicators of research excellence.
The ranking combines four criteria: quality of education, academic quality, research outputs and per capita performance. These are measured using six indicators for a given university:
- Alumni winning a Nobel Prize or a Fields Medal.
- Staff winning a Nobel Prize or a Fields Medal.
- Number of Highly Cited Researchers identified by Thomson Scientific.
- Publications in Nature and Science.
- Publications indexed in Web of Science Citation and the Social Sciences Citation Indices.
- Per capita academic performance of a university.