UC and ACU excel in latest young university world rankings

The University of Canberra and Australian Catholic University have both improved their standing among the world’s top young universities in the prestigious 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings published on 6 April 2017.

The University of Canberra (UC) has risen to number 91 in THE’s list of the best universities under 50 years of age, worldwide.

According to a new THE analysis, UC is also ranked as 30th in the world for Generation Y universities, or those founded between 1986 and 2000.

UC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said he was delighted with the announcement which shows the University is moving in the right direction.

“This result confirms the University's sharp rise as one of the best young universities in the world and we are determined to continue this upward trajectory,” Professor Saini said.

The University of Canberra has operated as a university for less than 27 years, after it was established through the Dawkins higher education reforms to replace the Canberra College of Advanced Education.

Professor Saini said he was pleased to see that despite the institution’s youth, the University’s reputation in research and education is growing and that its international outlook is being recognised worldwide.

“This is a major achievement in a very short period of time and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our academics and staff,” Professor Saini said.

The THE’s Young University Rankings, previously known as the THE 150 Under 50, have now been extended to include 200 institutions – up from 150 in last year’s list.

This ranking looks at universities’ performance indicators in five areas of higher education excellence: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The 2017 results also featured the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in the 101-150 band, the first time ACU has entered the Young University Rankings.

ACU is one of the fastest growing universities in the country with campuses in several capital cities and regional hubs. ACU’s Canberra Campus (Signadou) currently has more than 1,000 students enrolled. ACU is also one of the few Australian universities with a presence in Europe, having recently opened the Rome Centre in Italy.

The full list of results can be viewed at the Times Higher Education website.