The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni)


The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and teaching institution situated in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities. Founded in 1874, we are Australia’s third oldest university, South Australia’s clear research leader, and consistently rank inside the world’s top 140.

Our reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates.

We currently have 14 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers (2020), and, since 2001 our academics have received 11 coveted Australian Research Council Federation and Laureate Fellowships.

Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest- discipline leaders from around the globe and close to 8,000 international students from more than 90 countries, representing around 29% of our near-27,000 total student body.

Research impact

The University of Adelaide is committed to conducting future-making research with global impact. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, we address the world’s greatest challenges.

Our researchers work closely across multiple disciplines and in productive partnership with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe.
The resulting outputs are universally rated ‘world standard or above’ by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment (2018). This includes the highest possible rating in 41 distinct fields, spanning engineering, mathematics, science, medical and health sciences, agriculture and artificial intelligence.

Importantly, our work generates tangible community benefit. A London Economics report commissioned by the Go8 in 2018 valued our total contribution to South Australia’s economy at over AUS$4.23 billion.

2020 Times Higher Education world university rankings and the QS rankings

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni) published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
257 41.25

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 111 10.20
1 0.13
3 0.98
5 2.05
2 0.29
18 1.10
28 3.23
1 0.08
1 0.17
4 0.06
3 0.12
1 0.03
3 0.05
19 0.88
2 0.23
1 0.29
19 0.53
Life Sciences 91 9.76
Earth & Environmental Sciences 41 8.55
Chemistry 37 16.52

Highlight of the month

GABA helps plants endure droughts

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© enviromantic/E+/Getty Images

The molecule GABA enables plants to endure droughts longer since it initiates a previously unknown water-saving mechanism.

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, better known as GABA, is a non-protein amino acid that is part of a key signalling pathway in both plants and animals. Plants accumulate GABA when stressed, but the protein’s precise mode of operation in plants had been unclear.

Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Adelaide in South Australia has shown how the accumulation of GABA in water-stressed plants causes them to narrow the pores in their leaves, resulting in reduced loss of water through the pores.

The discovery could help scientists to make crops and plants more resilient to drought, which are expected to become more common due to climate change.

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  1. Nature Communications 12, 1952 (2021) doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21694-3

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 20.27% Domestic
  • 79.73% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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