University of Newcastle is Australia's top young university

5 May 2014

The University of Newcastle has been ranked number 1 in Australia and number 28 in the world by the latest independent Times Higher Education’s (THE) rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old.

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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the University of Newcastle‘s global rankings were increasing as a result of a whole-of-university focus on building performance and reputation across education and research.
“The Times Higher Education ‘100 under 50’ ranks dynamic young universities that take ‘decades rather than centuries’ to join the world’s best,” Professor McMillen said.
“In just under 50 years, UON has built a remarkable track record of success by building research strengths, engaging with industry and working with outstanding international universities.”
Professor McMillen said that Australia had a relatively young university sector and that investment in young universities on an upward trajectory for performance was an investment in the future of Australia’s higher education system, and in the future innovation, productivity and skills capacity of Australia.
“Australia and the UK each had 14 universities in the THE ‘100 under 50’ rankings, which is a remarkable achievement and one which demonstrates the importance of good policy settings and investment over the long term in building the performance required  to ensure the reputation of Australia’s higher education system remains competitive.
“Many of our younger universities are located outside capital cities. By continuing to build the capacity of our top performing young universities, we are fuelling economic growth and productivity in our regions and investing in their future.”
“It will be important as governments across the world, particularly in Asia, invest strongly in their universities to ensure their standing on the world stage that Australia’s investment strategy in higher education is sustainable and supports the continued upward trajectory of young and established universities as global leaders. The sustainability of Australia’s standing in global higher education must not solely be based on the capacity of a student to pay for a university education.”
The Times Higher Education ‘100 under 50’ measure the performance of higher education institutions across the world that are under 50 years of age across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

About the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle hosts more than 36,000 students studying Bachelor, Master and Doctoral (PhD) programs across a wide variety of disciplines, including architecture and building; arts and humanities; business; commerce; design; economics; education; engineering; fine arts; food technology; health sciences; law; management; mathematics; medicine; music; nursing; science; and social science.
The university is also known worldwide for its problem-based learning programs. Used mainly in the disciplines of architecture, building, health sciences, medicine and nursing, problem-based learning places students in small groups where they solve problems they are likely to face in their working lives. In other words, it gives a purpose to learning.
The University of Newcastle at Callaghan boasts one of the best campuses in Australia. Its 120 hectares (300 acres) of natural bushland—complete with Australian wildlife—at the city’s edge offers you peace and quiet—the perfect prerequisites for successful study.
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