UTS leads strong Australian showing in young unis world ranking

Picture by Kwa Nguyen

Picture by Kwa Nguyen

In summary: 
  • For the second year in a row UTS has been named number one in Australia and 21 in the world in the Times Higher Education THE 150 Under 50 ranking
  • Australia was the second most-represented country with 19 institutions included and had more universities in the top 100 than any other nation

UTS again heads the list of Australia's dynamic young universities in the latest Times Higher Education THE 150 Under 50, a ranking of the world's top universities under 50 years of age.

For the second year in a row UTS has been named number one in Australia and 21 in the world in the THE ranking, with Australia the second most-represented country with 19 institutions included. UTS also occupies the top spot in Australia in a second young universities ranking, the QS Top 50 Under 50.

"These rankings are evidence of the depth of quality and excellence in Australian unis – young, dynamic universities with global impact," said UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs.

"While rankings are only one measure of success, to be regarded as the best young university in Australia, and 21st in the world, for the second year in a row is a great achievement. Importantly it shows what innovative thinking and creative approaches over the past decade by UTS staff can achieve.

"To have so many Australian universities in the world's top 50 is also a great result for our country; it again demonstrates the high quality right across the Australian higher education sector.

"These results show however that there are many other nations, particularly across Asia, currently investing significant amounts in higher education to drive national prosperity.

"It would be a missed opportunity if Australia also did not invest sufficiently to maintain this world leading higher education system to drive our own national prosperity."

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said Australia had more universities in the top 100 (16) than any other nation, with half of these sitting in the top 50.

"While Australia's Group of Eight continue to shine in the traditional World University Rankings, one of the nation's strengths is that it has a strong community of young institutions, with universities founded in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s making the list," Mr Baty said.

"Alongside the country's competitive funding mechanisms and highly internationalised institutions, this should serve Australia well in this list in the years to come."

The Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 Rankings draw upon 13 performance indicators around research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity. These include what THE claims as the world's largest invitation-only academic reputation survey and the examination of more than 11 million research papers.

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