University of Queensland tops global ranking for mining and mineral education

The University of Queensland has topped a global subject ranking of universities when it comes to mining and mineral engineering.

The 2018 ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects separates universities by five fields containing 54 subjects, marking their performance in various courses from categories such as engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, natural sciences and social sciences.

While United States-based Ivy League schools (particularly Harvard) tended to dominate first place in the listings, The University of Queensland’s achievement in mining and mineral engineering — one of 22 subjects listed under the engineering bracket — was notable as the sole first-place entry for an Australian university.

Australia was generally overrepresented in this category, with the University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales and Monash University (Melbourne) in fifth, seventh and tenth place respectively, strongly suggestive of Australia’s status as a top global miner.

“These results are a testament to our school’s high level of industry collaboration, as well as our research quality and its impact across the resources sector,” said University of Queensland mechanical and mining engineering head of school Ross McAree.

The full list involved more than 1600 universities from 83 countries with a total of 18,407 places. The top three represented countries were the US, China and UK, whose universities appear 4661 times, 2171 times and 1487 times respectively.

Notably, the University of New South Wales and University of British Columbia stood out in their own way as both appear in the league table in 52 subjects, more than any other universities represented.

The full list can be viewed by category here.

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