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Australian unis rate highly

The Australian     |     30 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dispelling a year of gloomy predictions of poorer international competitiveness, Australia’s higher education system has come third on a ranking based on performance across 36 disciplines, behind only the US and Britain and equal to Germany. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Australian universities also came in third place based on institutions in top 50 positions in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Australian National University topped the list of 29 local universities qualifying for the ranking, with four disciplines being scored among the … [Read more...]

Rankings confirm “world class system”

ABC News      |      2 October 2014 3 October 2014 “The data shows that Australia does not have just a few world-class universities, but a world-class system" ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australian universities have made  made big gains in the latest Time Higher Education (THE) world university rankings, with one new entrant joining the world's top 200, and most of Australia's top universities moving up the rankings. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Melbourne University remains Australia's top-ranked university in 33rd position globally, ahead of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra at 45th (up from 48th last year), the University of … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition #159 | 22 August 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Deregulate fees to help innovation? 22 August 2014     |     The debate over deregulating university fees is now infecting innovation policy with the Australian Technology Network suggesting reform could forge closer collaborations between universities and industry. While key research drivers like the science and engineering sectors have expressed horror at the extent of funding cuts to their disciplines, the ATN argues in its submission to the Senate inquiry on improving innovation that “equitable” fee deregulation could help. ATN … [Read more...]

Politics 101: why Pyne has failed to sell his education ‘reforms’

 The Conversation     |       18 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Jamie Miller writes that "the long sorry saga" of Christopher Pyne's handling of the government's proposed higher education reforms "serves as an ideal case study of how not to go about building support for a controversial reform program". It also demonstrates a dispiriting tendency on the part of this government to resort, not so much to "spin",  but to out and out deception (that's our takeout, not Miller's). ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   No. And with that, Clive Palmer indicated that the populist Palmer United Party (PUP) would not support the federal government’s proposed … [Read more...]

Melbourne University makes the top 50

 15 August 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………Four Australian Universities have been placed in the top 100 of the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings).………………………………………………………………………………………………………Melbourne University has cracked the top 50 coming in at 44, up 10 places from last year. ANU was placed at 74 (66 in 2013) , University of Queensland 85 (85), University of Western Australia 88 (91). Sydney, ranked 97 last year, dropped out of the top 100.Nineteen Australian universities were placed in the top 500.Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis says that for any Australian universities to be achieving top 100 status is a significant achievement and to … [Read more...]

Big six dominate rankings

The Australian | 26 February 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Six universities have so dominated the latest international ranking of performance across 30 subject areas they have taken out 141 of the available 150 top five places nationally. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Melbourne was once again named Australia’s best performing university in the QS World University Ranking by Subject being placed first nationally in 12 of the 30 disciplines. Its best performance was in education, where it was named the second best faculty in the world, behind the University of London’s Institute of Education, up from third last year. Melbourne also took the … [Read more...]

Australian unis suffer reputational damage

4 October 2013 Australia's leading universities have generally gone backwards in the Times Higher Education rankings, which has been attributed to funding cuts announced by the previous government. The rankings are derived from a survey based on 13 performance indicators, across five areas,  ranging from teaching and research to international outlook. The University of Melbourne remains the highest ranked Australian university but fell six places from 28 to 34 while  Australian National University dropped 11 places from 37 to 48. The negative trend saw Sydney fall 10 places, the University of NSW down 22 places and Adelaide drop out of the top 200. The winners were the University … [Read more...]

The ritual dance of university rankings

The Conversation     |     3 October 2013  Whenever an unfavourable political opinion poll comes out, you can count on one thing: at least one politician saying they never pay attention to polls. And so it goes for university leaders when the results are in from world university rankings. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2013-14 released today were not universally good news for Australian universities. While some improved their rank, the overall result was less encouraging. The University of Melbourne lost six places, going from 28 to 34; while the ANU went from 37 to 48 and the University of Adelaide dropped out of the top 200 altogether. The THE’s … [Read more...]

Rankings show ‘steady as she goes’ for Australian universities

The Conversation    |     15 August 2013 The University of Melbourne has once again improved its position and remains Australia’s best university according to new university rankings released on 15 August. The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University has five Australian universities in the top 100, including University of Melbourne (54), the Australian National University (66), University of Queensland (85), University of Western Australia (91) and University of Sydney (97). Most Australian universities in the top 100 improved their position from last year’s ranking, except ANU which dropped two places (down from 64) and Sydney University which … [Read more...]

Australian unis rank highly

The Australian    |     16 August 2013 With five universities in the world top 100 and 19 in the top 500, Australia has one of the strongest higher education systems internationally – in spite of scarce research dollars and small population and economic scale, according to Ying Cheng, the head of international university ranking agency Academic Ranking of World Universities. Australia has 5% of universities in the top 100, ranking it third (behind the US and Britain)...by GDP it ranks 12th in the world (2.1% of the world total GDP) and it only has 0.33% of world population. Australia has 19 top 500 universities.  Other countries that have a similar number of top 500 are France … [Read more...]