UW one of best research universities in the world again, report says

The University of Waikato’s rapid ascent of the world university rankings was further confirmed today, with the release of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.

For the first time in its 14-year history, two British universities hold the top two spots in Times Higher Education’s annual World University Rankings.

“This year, New Zealand’s leading institution, the University of Auckland, has plummeted to its lowest position in the rankings to date – falling 27 places to 192nd position, ” it said.

“Higher education is vital to a progressive Australian society and economy and, to maintain our standing, it takes focus and funding from a federal perspective”.

The University of Canberra placed in the 351 to 400 range, an improvement on this year’s 401 to 500 ranking.

“First of all, the consolidation of a number of institutions into the recently merged Khalifa University in the rankings calculations this year has led to the highest ever ranking for the UAE – a place in the 301-350 band”. And for the first time ever, the United Kingdom snagged the top two spots, with Oxford University coming in at number one and Cambridge University just behind it at number two.

Only one university was able to make it to the top 500.

It judges research-intensive universities in five categories: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), global outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer). IISc also saw a dip of bands from 201-250 to 251-300 bands. The California Institute of Technology and Stanford University were joint third.

Johns Hopkins’ upward move in the new ranking bucked a downward trend for USA universities, THE said.

“Cambridge’s rise comes at the expense of the California Institute of Technology, which was number one between 2012 and 2016, number two previous year, and now shares third position with Stanford”, the report said. Malta’s University does not feature on the list.

As the university celebrates its twenty-fifth year of university education in 2017, these rankings demonstrate Swinburne’s commitment to being a globally recognised, world-class institution.

While its universities still dominate the list, they now face increasing competition from established institutions like the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge University, as well as those from Asia.

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