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
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.