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UOW rated among world’s best young universities

University of Wollongong climbs to 30th in the world, third in Australia on the Times Higher Education list

The University of Wollongong (UOW) has been ranked 30th in the world in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

UOW’s placement is up from last year’s rankings of 37th, and marks the 6th year in a row the University has made Times Higher Education’s list of the top young universities. Overall, the ranking placed UOW third among the 23 Australian institutions that made the list. UOW ranked second for teaching, third for research and third for industry income among Australian universities.

In individual disciplines, UOW ranked first in Australia for Psychology; Geography; Sociology; and History, Philosophy and Theology. UOW ranked second among young Australian universities for Business and Management; Medicine and Dentistry; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Languages, Literature and Linguistics.

The Young University Rankings, previously known as the 150 Under 50 Rankings, have this year been extended to include 200 institutions. The rankings celebrate young universities that have made a great impact on the global stage in years rather than centuries and showcases rising university stars.

The same performance indicators as the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings are applied, with young universities measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. However, the methodology has been recalibrated, with reputation counting for less, to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said the ranking was a reflection of the University’s commitment to world-class research and exceptional teaching quality.

“This latest result confirms the University of Wollongong’s place as a leading institution internationally as well as on the Australian stage,” Professor Wellings said.

“The University has a well-earned reputation as one of the best research intensive universities in Australia, while consistently rating highly for student satisfaction and graduate outcomes. “In a very competitive field, ranking in the top 30 young universities worldwide is a welcome recognition of our commitment to intellectual innovation and to producing graduates with the skills they need for the workplaces of tomorrow.”

The Young University Rankings were announced today (Thursday 6 April) at the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane.

UOW also performed well in the CEO Magazine 2017 Global MBA Rankings, which compare the leading business schools around the world and which were also released today.

UOW Sydney Business School ranked in Tier One for both Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA), with its EMBA ranked equal 29th in the world. The latest rankings successes follow on from good performances in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject in March, placed UOW among the world’s best in several subject fields.

In November last year UOW was ranked by QS in the world’s top one per cent for graduate employability and in September 2016 UOW was ranked as the world’s 12th best young University. Prior to that, UOW jumped 25 places to rank at number 218 in the QS World University Rankings, placing it among Australia’s top 10 universities.

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