A global ranking that measures quality not just quantity has placed the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as top in Australia for the proportion of highly cited research.
UTS leads Australian universities for having a high proportion of its research in scientific fields rated among the world’s top 10 per cent according to the latest CWTS Leiden Ranking of world universities.
The latest result follows a strong performance by the same measure last year when UTS ranked number two in Australia, behind the Australian National University, and 121 globally for the proportion of frequently cited papers.
This year UTS is placed 94th in the world on the research quality measure with 14 per cent of UTS papers rated in the top 10 per cent of their field based on their citations.
“The Leiden Rankings focus on excellence in research and scientific impact, regardless of a university’s size. So we’re extremely pleased to see the strength of UTS research really shining through when we’re ranked on the quality of our publications,” said UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kate McGrath.
“In addition to our outstanding performance across the sciences, UTS ranked first among Australian universities in life and health sciences, as well as maths and computer science. This shows our research focus in health, sustainability and data sciences is really paying off in the quality and excellence of our research outputs.
“UTS prides itself on fostering collaborations and partnerships to deliver excellent research, and that approach was also reflected in our strong performance in the collaboration indicator –'proportion of the publications of a university co-authored with one or more other organisations'.”
Dean of the UTS Faculty of Science Professor William Gladstone said, “Our researchers are passionate about their work, striving for real-world benefits from their research, and aiming always for excellence.
“This result shows the rest of the world holds UTS researchers in high esteem, which is especially gratifying for such a young university, this being the year of our 30th birthday.”
The Leiden Ranking is produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. It focuses only on scientific impact and participation in scientific collaborations.