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University of Wollongong climbs to 29th in the world on the Times Higher Education list

Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

The University of Wollongong (UOW) has been ranked 29th in the world in the 2019 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

UOW’s placement is up from last year’s ranking of 32nd and marks the eighth consecutive year the University has made the list of top young universities.

The Young University Rankings were announced in Guildford in the United Kingdom in June at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit.

UOW lifted its score in all five key performance indicators. The University improved markedly in the citations category from 67.1 to 75.7. This is a reflection of UOW’s research productivity, in line with 2020 QS World University Rankings results, where research output was the cornerstone of the University’s success.

Among Australia’s young universities, UOW is the nation’s leading non-metropolitan university, ranked fourth overall.

UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE said the ranking was a glowing endorsement of the University’s commitment to world-class research and exceptional teaching quality.

“This latest result confirms the University of Wollongong’s place as a leading institution internationally as well as in Australia,” Professor Wellings said.

“The University has a well-earned reputation as one of the most research intensive universities in Australia, while consistently rating highly for student satisfaction and graduate outcomes. In an intensely competitive field, ranking in the top 30 young universities worldwide is a welcome recognition of our commitment to solving global challenges and to producing graduates who are equipped with vital skills for workplaces today and into the future.”

This great achievement highlights the outstanding reputation of the University of Wollongong and in particular, the great contribution UOWD adds to the higher education sector in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates”, commented Professor Mohamed Salem, President of the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

The rankings feature 350 institutions under the age of 50. Young universities were measured on their teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The same performance indicators were used in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings, however when ranking young universities, less emphasis was placed on reputation.

Meanwhile, in Shanghai Ranking's 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects released on June 26, UOW was ranked in the top 100 of 500 universities in the world across 10 disciplines including civil engineering, atmospheric science, energy science and engineering, geography, hospitality and tourism, material science, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering, nanoscience and technology and transportation science and technology.

UOW also performed well in the 2020 QS World University Rankings announced on 19 June. The University climbed to 212, rising six places in a year. In the 2020 ranking, UOW’s citations per faculty were ranked 108th in the world.

UOW is consistently ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world for the quality of its graduates.

In the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, of 660 institutions assessed, UOW was rated 23rd in the world for graduate employment rates.

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