The University of Newcastle has risen 23 places to 268 in the world in the 2012 QS World University Rankings released today, the largest increase of any Australian university.

The QS World Rankings evaluate more than 700 universities across the world and rank the top 400.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the independent ranking was an outstanding result that reflected Newcastle’s growing international reputation for consistently high-calibre education, and world-class research and innovation.

“Global competition in the higher education sector is intense and universities are facing increasing scrutiny of their performance and reputation. Newcastle has performed exceptionally well against a challenging backdrop for higher education.

“This independent international assessment, where we have been measured against the world’s best, is a clear indicator that our performance and reputation are on a strong upward trajectory.”

The QS World Rankings are compiled from data sourced through global surveys of academics and employers, and publicly available university data. The rankings measure six indicators – academic reputation, journal citations, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, percentage of international staff and percentage of international students.