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Big tick for UC as it climbs 33 places in global Young University Rankings

By Ian Bushnell 10 June 2018 0

University of Canberra is a rising star. Photo: Supplied by University of Canberra.

The University of Canberra’s growing reputation has been further enhanced by the latest global rankings of young universities, which lists the best universities under 50 years of age.

UC jumped to number 58 in the prestigious 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, climbing 33 places after being ranked 91st in 2017.

It also ranked 17th among Generation Y universities (founded between 1986 and 1999), improving on last year by 13 places.

UC said it had cemented its place among the world’s top 100 young universities.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said the ranking was terrific news.

“We are pleased to see the University continue to rise among the world’s best young universities and I’d like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our staff in reaching this achievement,” Professor Saini said.

“In the THE Young University rankings, the advancement is step by step, which makes this major jump a fantastic achievement for our University. It shows we are rapidly moving in the right direction.”

The ranking, which compares 250 institutions from 55 countries, assesses a University’s performance in five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

The table is based on the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship THE World University Rankings, but the weightings have been adjusted to give less weight to reputation.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was named the world’s best young university for the first time in 2018, with Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which topped the list for three years in a row, dropping to second place, while Nanyang Technological University in Singapore held on to third place.

While the UK did not have any institutions in the top 40, it was the most-represented country overall with 31 universities, four more than last year. Australia was second with 22 universities, led by the University of Technology, Sydney in 16th place.

Overall, 55 countries across Europe, Australasia, Asia, North America, Latin America and Africa featured in the seventh annual edition of the table, up from 48 last year.

THE said France, Germany and Australia stood out as countries that set up institutions that were now among the highest placed in the Young University Rankings.

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