Monash University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), formerly the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings.

In the latest rankings, Monash remains in the 101-150 band with an estimated ranking of 134, representing an improvement of three places since 2012.

Since 2009, Monash has increased its ranking by an estimated 73 places, the greatest improvement of any Go8 university.

Monash University remains dominant in the subject of chemistry with an estimated ranking of 54 – the highest ranking of any Australian university in this category.

Monash maintained the top position of any Australian university in the standalone discipline of Computer Science, with an estimated ranking of 101.

With an estimated ranking of 55 in the broader field of Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences, Monash was ranked highest in Australia, along with University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne said the results highlighted the continuing development of the University’s reputation amongst the global academic community for education and research excellence.

“This result is a testament to all of the hard work that Monash staff have put in over recent years, evident through the impact of our research, the excellence of our facilities and educational offering, and the quality of our graduates” Professor Byrne said.

“Although international rankings are only one way of measuring what we do, the consistent improvement in our standing since 2006 is a welcome recognition of the wonderful results we are achieving in research and education.”

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been presenting the world top 500 universities annually since 2003, based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data.

ARWU uses six indicators to rank universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of Highly Cited researchers, number of articles published in the journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Science Citation Index, and per capita performance.

More than 1000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the top 500 are published.