UTS awarded five-star rating

Picture by Anna Zhu

Picture by Anna Zhu

In summary: 
  • An audit by the company behind the QS World University Rankings has given UTS a five-star rating
  • The assessment covers eight categories: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and specialisation


UTS has been awarded five stars in the new QS Stars system, which recognises excellence in higher education.

UTS was independently assessed by QS, the company also behind the World University Rankings.

The assessment provides feedback in eight categories including research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and specialisation. Receiving the top overall rating provides affirmation of the quality of UTS. Other five-star rated universities include MIT and Stanford.

According to QS, a five-star institution will often be world-class in a broad range of areas, with cutting edge facilities and be internationally renowned for its research and teaching.

The ratings provide prospective students and their parents with a breakdown of UTS's performance in a broad range of areas, helping them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the university. Rankings usually only provide part of the picture at universities, with limited information on important aspects such as employability and teaching.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said, "The five-star rating recognises our efforts over the past few years, particularly in teaching and research.

"Unlike rankings, ratings are not dependent on the performance of other institutions, but evaluate an individual institution's performance and measure it against pre-set thresholds.

"As such our result in the QS audit complements UTS's entry this year into the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

"The QS five-star rating will provide further opportunities to profile UTS internationally and demonstrate our commitment to being a world-leading university of technology."

The UTS results can be found on the QS website.