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UC ranks in top 100 unis under 50

By Charlotte Harper - 24 November 2015 5

Stephen Parker

The University of Canberra is celebrating reaching one of its strategic plan’s goals two years early today after squeezing into the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50.

The Quacquarelli Symonds rankings agency placed UC just inside in the top 100 universities in the 91-100 section of the list, which was announced today.

Australia features heavily on the list with more often than any other nation in the top 50 at 8. There are 13 Australian institutions ahead of UC and two level with it in the 91-100 section of the list.

14 University of Technology, Sydney
17 The University of Wollongong
20 QUT
21 RMIT
23 Curtin University
25 University of South Australia
36 Deakin University
37 Griffith University
51-60 La Trobe University, James Cook University
81-90 Bond University, Flinders University, Swinburne University of Technology
91-100 Murdoch University, Charles Darwin University, University of Canberra

Asian institutions filled the top six spots with European universities rounding out the top ten. You can see the full list here.

UC climbed more than 100 places in the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings announced earlier this year.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said he was thrilled to see that the hard work and strong commitment by the University’s teaching and research staff in the past few years have been acknowledged.

“This is fantastic news and the result confirms the University’s continuing ascent as one of the best young universities in the world, consolidating its position in the top four per cent of tertiary institutions worldwide,” Professor Parker said.

“We are a very young university, which has never been specially funded for research, but we are now being considered alongside universities which have much longer track records. Our education and research performance has been rising sharply over the last few years and we are determined to continue this steadfast ascent in the years to come,” Professor Parker said.

The QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings are compiled by taking the top 50 universities from the QS World University Rankings that have been founded or established in the last 50 years. The ranking is designed to highlight the accomplishment of universities whose performances in teaching and research are increasingly impressive given their age and resources.
QS has said that the extended list will extend the spotlight to even more of the higher education world’s ‘bright young things’ – young universities making their mark on the international stage with striking speed, challenging the long-established institutions which have previously tended to dominate the rankings tables.

The University of Canberra has been operating as a university for only 25 years, after the Dawkins higher education reforms led to its establishment as the successor to the Canberra College of Advanced Education.

Professor Parker said that the recent recruitment of some of the world’s top researchers, winning more competitive grants and an improved research performance across the board have largely contributed to the University’s growing reputation as an up-and-coming research institution.

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UC ranks in top 100 unis under 50
pink little birdie 11:32 pm 27 Nov 15

Masquara said :

UC is ranked something like 600th in the main list.

All Australian Universities make the top 1000. Which isn’t too bad considering we only have 43 Universities to make the rankings. We are a small country population wise and very young comparatively.

Any University in Australia gives you a world class education.

Paul Costigan 6:01 am 25 Nov 15

Congratulations to Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker. He has worked hard to improve things at Canberra University. He has had to deal with ‘interesting times’. There were complex difficulties within – which he inherited.

And then there was his heroic stand whereby by he was the lone voice amongst the other vice chancellors who had done a deal with the former prime minister on university fees and funding. Stephen Parker had opposed the changes and has been proved correct.

He leaves the university in a far better condition than when he took the job. I hope the gold watch is a good one!

Masquara 9:21 pm 24 Nov 15

UC is ranked something like 600th in the main list.

Charlotte Harper 7:04 pm 24 Nov 15

This list includes universities under the age of 50 only. ANU is older than that. It is 19th in the World University Rankings, but not eligible for this young unis list as it was founded in 1946.

gooterz 4:33 pm 24 Nov 15

Isn’t ANU 19th

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