Over three thousand universities worldwide and 10,639 programs of study were evaluated to produce the rankings, which are released today.
La Trobe University’s history discipline – which in the QS rankings system includes archaeology, ancient history and classics – was ranked 38 in the world and third in Australia.
The University was ranked in the top 100 in the world for communication and media studies, linguistics and sociology, while agriculture and forestry, psychology and education were ranked in the top 200.
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said that the rankings highlight the University’s high standards at a global level.
‘To be compared with three thousand other universities and achieve so highly in a number of subject areas is an extremely pleasing result,’ Professor Dewar said.
‘The rankings are a credit to our academic staff and to the University as a whole.’
Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Tim Murray, said the subject rankings indicate that La Trobe’s strong reputation in the social sciences and humanities field is well deserved.
‘In the overall faculty rankings, La Trobe jumped from 217 to 164 in this field from 2012 to 2013,’ Professor Murray said.
‘This year’s subject rankings indicate the University’s continued and growing strength in social sciences and humanities, particularly in history and archaeology.
‘Our achievement of a ranking of 38 for history – which includes archaeology in the QS rankings – is testament to the dedication of our staff and to the innovative nature of our research,’ Professor Murray said.
More information is available about La Trobe's 2013 success in the QS World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings by Subject.
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Image: La Trobe archaeologists at work on the banks of the Murray River.