All five Australian Technology Network (ATN) universities have placed within the top 100 of the Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings 2017, cementing the ATN’s position as the world’s leading network of young universities.
The University of Technology Sydney is the highest ranked Australian university under 50 years old, at 15. QUT is ranked 24, with the University of South Australia, Curtin University and RMIT ranked 32, 84 and 87 respectively.
Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh says the strong performance demonstrates that the ATN is leading a new generation of young, agile and forward-thinking universities, championing impactful research and innovative teaching methods to deliver work-ready graduates.
“A core part of our mission has been supporting partnerships with industry via our real world, applied research focus. This has come from our history of working with industry, illustrated by the fact that nearly two thirds of our research income has come from industry and end users since 2010,” says Ms Hindmarsh.
“These genuine linkages and partnerships result in graduates who possess the real-world skills and experience required to enter industry as highly engaged and valued employees with both the technical and life skills required to succeed.
“This industry focus, alongside our primary commitments to access and equity, have allowed us to cultivate a network of five young universities that are internationally recognised for excellence in higher education.”
ATN universities are responsible for educating 22% of Australia’s international students, and 19% of all Australian university graduates.
The young university rankings are graded against the same 13 key performance indicators as Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. These indicators are grouped into five categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.