QS World Rankings today published their inaugural list of the top 50 universities under the age of 50, placing the University of Newcastle at number 33 in the world.
The QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ ranks universities that have been established since 1962, according to their position in the 2011 QS World University Rankings. The global index measures and ranks performance of the world’s top 700 universities based on a number of indicators including research, internationalisation and reputation.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the University of Newcastle had a remarkable record of success for a relatively young university.
“We are an institution that has achieved excellence in key areas while maintaining a strong commitment to equity and engagement.
“We are making a major contribution to economic growth in our regions and the world by educating a skilled workforce, and fostering world class research and innovation.
“Our place in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ is testament to the commitment of all who have contributed to our University community and the work of our partners and supporters since the institution was founded.”
Professor McMillen said universities played a critical role in building knowledge-based economies across the world.
“The presence of 10 Australian universities in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ demonstrates the importance of investing in building and supporting excellence in high performing younger universities to ensure the future of a globally competitive university system in Australia.”
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