Varsity moves up the rankings


  • Education
  • Sunday, 22 Sep 2019

The results show Curtin has moved into the 251-300 band in the Times’ rankings.

CURTIN University is in the top 300 universities, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020 released last week.

The results show Curtin has moved into the 251-300 band with an estimated world rank of 258th, an improvement on last year’s result of 301-350 and a jump of 79 places from 337th globally.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Prof Deborah Terry said she was delighted Curtin continued to improve in the highly competitive and prestigious global rankings.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings provide data indicating the performance of universities across the globe to help inform students, families, university colleagues, governments and industry.

“Curtin is committed to delivering a world-class learning experience for our students and producing research that is making a real difference to people living locally, nationally and globally, so I am thrilled with the university’s latest ranking outcome, ” she said.

These global ranking results show performance improvements for Curtin across numerous indicators, with the most notable being a 33 percent increase in the university’s research reputation.

Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) pro vice-chancellor and chief executive Prof Jim Mienczakowski said that Curtin’s latest achievement in the rankings augments its recent achievements in other global rankings.

In the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2019-20, which measures the academic performance of 20,000 universities across the globe, Curtin was positioned 360th in the world – a jump of 40 places.

In the highly competitive 2019 Nature Index, it achieved an international academic ranking of 321 among the world’s top academic institutions, placing it in Australia’s top eight universities.

Meanwhile, in the 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR), Curtin rose to 230th position worldwide and 13th nationally, while in the National Taiwan University rankings, it improved its global ranking to 277, climbing 19 places, with a national ranking of ninth in Australia.

Currently, the university is ranked in the top one percent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019; 21st globally and fourth nationally in the QSWUR: Top 50 under 50, the global review of young institutions under 50 years; and was awarded five stars overall in the 2017 QS Stars University Ratings.

Prof Mienczakowski added that Curtin’s continued improvement in the various global rankings means that Curtin Malaysia is clearly the leading institution in terms of ranking status throughout Borneo and, indeed, for all of Curtin’s international campuses.

In addition to Curtin Malaysia, Perth-based Curtin University has international campuses in Dubai, Singapore and Mauritius, as well as a regional campus in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and strategic partnerships with more than 130 institutions worldwide.

The University of Oxford tops the global rankings for the fourth year running, while the California Institute of Technology is second followed by the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Now in its 16th year, the ranking includes a total 1,396 institutions across 92 countries and regions (up from 1,258 universities across 86 territories last year).

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