Taking Our Place In The World
20 March 2013
Each year, independent ranking systems measure UoN's academic and research performance against the world's best universities, including the Ivy League in the US, the Russell Group in the UK and the 'Group of 9' in China.
In 2012, UoN was ranked in the top three per cent of universities in the world by the QS and Times Higher Education global ranking systems, and in the top four per cent of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Newcastle's strong performance on the world stage is noteworthy given the intense competition from internationally established universities, many of which are more than 100 years old. It was therefore significant that in 2012, the QS and Times Higher Education also ranked the University of Newcastle in the world's top 50 universities under the age of 50. As a young university, being ranked by independent agencies as a world-class performer signals we are on the right trajectory and is a testament to the development of first-rate education and research programs. This is a great base from which to build our aspirations and ambitions.
A Leader In Research And Innovation
Discoveries by UoN researchers have made remarkable contributions to the knowledge and understanding of issues of global significance across many discipline areas.
UoN researchers have led the world in fields as diverse as geotechnical science and engineering, energy and resources, reproductive biology, plant biology, applied mathematics, and health and medical sciences.
Our staff and graduates have been singled out for international accolades and awards in these and other fields including architecture, design, natural history illustration, music, media, and humanities and social sciences.
Engagement with partners and productive collaborations are essential if world-class research is to translate into outcomes that will change the lives of individuals, the productivity of industry, or the economic health and sustainability of nations. The development of the 'Jameson Cell' at UoN is just one example of the University's contribution to world-class research. First discovered in 1986, the revolutionary method of separating valuable minerals and coal from waste material is now used in 25 countries around the world. Hailed as one of the country's most financially successful inventions in the past two decades, the Jameson Cell adds $4 billion a year to the value of Australia's minerals export industry.