Macquarie University has moved up the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the fifth consecutive year.
Compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the ARWU ranks more than 1000 universities worldwide based upon a number of indicators including their number of highly cited researchers and the number of articles published in journals Nature and Science.
Macquarie was officially placed in the 200-300 band worldwide, equal 8-9th with the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven Schwartz said that while rankings tended to be controversial because they each measured different things, they could still be useful.
"Of all the international rankings we tend to pay a bit more attention to the ARWU simply because they're focused on research performance and are pretty transparent and objective in their methodology," he said.
"Other indicators are also promising. In the Excellence in Research for Australia exercise performed by the Australian Government, five of our research areas - Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Psychology and Cognitive Sciences - were noted for their "outstanding performance well above world standard".
"More recently the UK's Times HE named Macquarie University as the top university in Australia for research in environmental science and ecology.
"So together with Macquarie's steady rise in the ARWU over each of the past five years, the evidence is that our transformation of Macquarie's research effort since 2006 is paying dividends."