Young Australian universities among best in the world
Age might bestow wisdom, but youth is also being celebrated in the academic world, with the release of the best institutions under 50 years of age. The global list known as the UK’s ‘Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 Rankings 2016’ - makes for interesting reading for Australia’s academic sector.
In the number one spot for 2016 is Switzerlands’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which was followed by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University second and Hong Kong’s University of Science and Technology in third position.
Australia has an impressive 16 universities ranked in the top 100, more than any other country, with half of these in the top 50. The Australian institutions in the top 50 include – University of Technology Sydney (21), Queensland University of Technology (28), Charles Darwin University (31), University of Wollongong (37), James Cook University (38), Flinders University (46), Griffith University (48) and Deakin University (50).
The other Australian organisations to make it into the elite list of top 100 are – University of South Australia, La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology, Murdoch University, Western Sydney University, Curtin University, Southern Cross University and RMIT University.
Overall the UK had the most institutions in the extended top 150 list, with strong competition coming from universities in East Asia. In fact, the report comments that if this trend continues “Asia could well become a major driving force for the world’s knowledge production and innovation by 2050”.
The 150 Under 50 Rankings use the same performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings – including staff-to-student-ratio, research income, doctorate-to-bachelor ratio, international-to-domestic student ratio and research influence among others