Newcastle Uni climbs in global rankings

THE University of Newcastle has climbed seven places to be ranked 26th in a list of the top 50 universities in the world that are less than 50 years old.

The university was ranked 33rd in the QS World ranking list last year.

The top 50 ranks the performance of the world’s top 700 universities established since 1962 based on indicators including research, internationalism and reputation.

Vice-chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said yesterday it had been a ‘‘great year’’ for the university.

‘‘Our place in the university rankings is further evidence that we are achieving excellence in key areas while maintaining a strong commitment to equity and engagement,’’ she said.

‘‘As a young university, being ranked by independent agencies as a world-class performer is an excellent result and a great base upon which to build our aspirations and ambitions.’’

The Newcastle Herald reported last month that the University of Newcastle had 10 disciplines feature in the top 200 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings.

Civil and structural engineering and geography were ranked in the top 100.

Another three of the university’s engineering disciplines – chemical, mechanical and electrical – feature in the top 200.

Medicine also ranked at 157, while maintaining its Australian ranking at No.9.

Last year, the university launched its NeW Directions 2013-15 strategic plan, with an aim to be ranked among the top 2per cent of the world’s universities by 2015.

The University of Melbourne, Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and Monash University made the top 10 in at least one of the 30 disciplines.

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