The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) has cemented its reputation as a global leader of a new generation of universities in the latest THE university rankings.
All five ATN universities were amongst the Top 100 universities under 50 years old.
University of Technology Sydney is the highest ranked university in Australia coming in at 21, QUT rose 5 places and came in at 28, while UniSA, Curtin University and RMIT ranked 57, 92 and 98 respectively.
“Younger universities, such as ours, are challenging the status quo. We tend to be early adopters of technology, willing to embrace new innovative ways of teaching and research to offer an exceptional student experience and produce more work-ready graduates,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.
ATN universities who were all founded in the 1980s are not bound by age old traditions and ways of being.
“We’ve embraced our youth to drive change, innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit is embedded in our culture. Our research efforts are united by a common goal to contribute meaningfully to significant global challenges.
“Our universities have achieved so much already in their first three decades, and it is exciting to see where the next 20 years will lead us,” Ms Hindmarsh says.
The ATN universities are all committed to deliver world-class research innovation with direct impact. We are inspired by challenges that have economic, social and environmental benefits, and make a difference to our local and global communities.
“Older universities are following this lead, but younger ones, ironically, have been living it for longer,” Ms Hindmarsh says.
As a consortium, our universities represents 20% of higher education enrolments in Australia, and 22% of the country’s international students. And a point that significantly differentiates us, almost 70% of ATN research income comes from industry or industry-driven sources.
The rankings use the same 13 separate indicators as the World University Rankings, but the methodology has been carefully re-calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities, giving less weight to subjective indicators of academic reputation.
Visit the Fast Facts page to learn more about ATN universities.