Australian Universities have taken a larger stake of the world’s top 500 universities, with five universities taking top 100 places.


Melbourne University has consolidated its position in the top 100, climbing from 60 to 57 in world rankings, while the ANU climbed from 70 to 64 from its positon last year.


The University of Queensland slid four spots to finish at 90 for 2012, down from 86 this time last year. The University of Sydney claimed 93rd spot, up from 96 last year, while the UWA broke through to the top 100 for the first time, finishing at 96.


Monash, the UNSW, Macquarie University, Adelaide and Flinders University all rounded off the top 10 Australian placed universities.


Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, was quick to point to the Federal Government’s historical funding increase as a major contributor to this year’s stellar performance.


"This outstanding result is due in large part to the record $37 billion the Government has invested in our universities, as well as the hard work of Australia's universities,” Senator Evans said.



"Australia now has the third highest number of universities in the top 100. This is an outstanding result when you consider that the top two countries have significantly more universities than Australia's 37. There are 4495 universities in the United States and 115 in the United Kingdom.


The full ranking can be found here