UTS among top 10 young universities worldwide

Picture by Toby Burrows

Picture by Toby Burrows

In summary: 
  • UTS has retained its position as top-ranked "young" university in Australia in the latest QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking, moving from 14th to 8th in the world
  • Overall the QS Top 50 Under 50 found that Australia is home to more of the world's strongest recently-formed institutions than any other nation

UTS remains the top-ranked "young" Australian university and has leapt from 14th to 8th in the world with the release today of the 2016/2017 QS Top 50 Under 50.

Earlier this month UTS jumped to 193 in the world in the overall QS World University Rankings, which considers more than 3,800 universities around the globe.

However, QS also does a ranking of the world's top 50 universities established within the past 50 years, known as the QS Top 50 Under 50, which it calls the "ones to watch – the young universities making an impressive impact on the global rankings tables.  Spread across the planet, these fast-rising institutions stand out for their rapid progress across the board – from influential research production to high levels of recognition within the academic community and beyond."

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said being regarded within the top 10 universities worldwide under the age of 50 was an outstanding result given UTS is just 28 years of age.

"Rankings each have their strengths and weaknesses, and you can go up and down. We do not set our strategic course by them, but it is positive that the general trend for UTS is on the way up. Given the reputational survey component of the QS rankings, this at the very least says to me that UTS is becoming increasingly well known internationally among academics and employers," he said.

"That is a pleasing reflection on the quality of our teaching and research, and on the high quality of our graduates."

Overall the 2016/2017 QS Top 50 Under 50 found that Australia is home to more of the world's strongest recently-formed institutions than any other nation, with all of the Australian Technology Network (ATN) universities (of which UTS is a member) in the top 50 and three now in the top 20.

QS's Head of Research Ben Sowter said, "The correlation between the prominence of universities from both Australia and Asia, and the prominence of innovative tech-focused institutions, is especially strong in this year's rankings.

"The trend suggests that young universities with the resources and willingness to focus on creating and maintaining strong STEM-based research programs stand by far the best chance of disrupting any established global elite."