“The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is delighted that all five members feature in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 for 2015”, ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh said.
This forward-looking ranking, released today, is based on a modified version of the methodology used in the Times Higher Education’s world university rankings. It highlights the new breed of global universities with the potential to become the next generation’s Harvard or Oxford- those that have managed to join the world elite in decades rather than centuries.
The rankings have Australia placed as the best represented nation in the world, with 16 institutions in the top 100. Australia also has a new number one, the ATN’s University of Technology Sydney, in 21st spot overall. The other ATN universities were ranked 33 (Queensland University of Technology), 35 (University of South Australia), 81 (Curtin University) and 97 (RMIT -Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).
Phil Baty, rankings editor at Times Higher Education, says, “The universities in this unique and pioneering ranking are disrupting the old order. They have proved that world-class teaching and research is not just the preserve of an ancient elite… Australia is now the world’s number one nation when it comes to the new generation of world-class universities.”
ATN’s Renee Hindmarsh went on to say, “Young universities, including the ATN, are making a significant impact on the world stage. Furthermore, the ATN is well placed to continue its performance in the Top 100 Under 50, with its institutions currently aged between 23-28 years.”
“While these rankings are encouraging results for ATN members, the true measure of success for Australian institutions will be their ability to make a tangible impact in an evolving and challenging global environment.”
“With our multi-disciplinary approach and focus on delivering practical real-world solutions, we can respond in an agile and innovative manner to the changing needs of society, and as a result, we are well positioned to succeed”, Ms Hindmarsh concluded.