Australian universities have featured prominently on the latest universities world rankings list, with three of them making the top 20.

The 2024 QS World University Rankings, now in their 20th year, rank 1,500 universities across the globe, taking teaching quality, reputational standing, research impact, employment outcomes, sustainability, and international research networks into account.

Ranked at number 14 with an overall score of 87.9, the University of Melbourne was the highest ranked Australian institution, coming in ahead of the US’ Caltech (#15), Yale (#16) and Princeton (#17).

Sitting in equal 19th position were the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and The University of Sydney, each with a score of 86.7.

UNSW Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Attila Brungs said the result was a testament to the university's razor-sharp focus on excellence.

“Our position in the top echelon of global universities elevates our collective capacity to attract the world’s best researchers, educators and students, and stir the world’s best institutions to seek our partnership in addressing society’s greatest challenges,” Brungs said.

“What I am most excited about is the opportunity this excellent result presents for us to amplify our societal impact and be at the forefront of positive change.”

The top university in the world is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a score of 100, followed by Cambridge (99.2) and Oxford (98.9) rounding out the top 3.

MIT has been #1 for 12 years running.

Also making the top 10 were Harvard (98.3), Stanford (98.1), Imperial College London (97.8), ETH Zurich (93.3), National University of Singapore (92.7), UCL London (92.4), and University of California, Berkeley (90.4).

Top CompSci courses in Australia

The top 10 Australian universities for studying Computer Science (CompSci) and Information Systems were, in order: The University of Melbourne, Australian National University, UNSW, The University of Sydney, Monash University, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland, Macquarie University (Sydney), and Queensland University of Technology.

These were followed by Deakin (Victoria), the University of Wollongong, and the University of Western Australia.

If Engineering and Technology are more your thing, UNSW, The University of Melbourne, and Monash were rated the best.

For those interested in Data Science, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and University of California Berkeley were the top 3 institutions in the world. There was no specific data on Australian institutions teaching this subject.

If a Master in Business Administration (MBA) is on your bucket list, Melbourne Business School, UNSW (AGSM), and Macquarie Business School at Macquarie University ranked highest.