The University of Canberra (UC) has claimed the mantle of the fastest-rising university in the world after placing 18th in The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings released on Thursday (24 June).
The ranking positions UC in Australia’s top three universities under 50 years old.
Overall, UC ranked 193rd in The Times Higher Education 2020 World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education announcement came a week after the University jumped in the QS World University Rankings, coming in at 456th, 28 places higher than last year and 145 higher than the year before.
UC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon attributed the University’s rise to the recent development of “world-class research centres and institutes” in communication, education, environment, governance and health.
“UC is Australia’s fastest-rising university and among the fastest-rising universities worldwide. To be placed in the top 20 young universities globally, in our 30th anniversary year, is an outstanding achievement,” said Professor Nixon.
“These results are an affirmation of our strategic purpose – to be a globally respected university that is known for its deep civic connection.
“Whilst it is always a great accolade to continue to do well in international rankings, it is just one indicator of the university’s performance as each ranking uses a different methodology.”
Partnerships with the UC Hospital and Health Hub have helped form the cornerstones of the University’s innovative research, he added.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Leigh Sullivan said these significant rankings achievements exceeded the University’s expectations.
“We are proud that UC research focuses on innovative and impactful outcomes,” Professor Sullivan said.
“We aim to make a difference to the world around us and I think that is evident in every single research project underway at the University.”