UON soars into the top one per cent of universities worldwide

Thursday, 8 June 2017


The University of Newcastle (UON) has been ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, announced today by the prestigious QS World University Rankings.

QS World University Rankings

UON has moved up the rankings since 2016 by an impressive 21 places and is now ranked at 224 out of an estimated 26,000 universities across the world. This result highlights UON’s performance as a world-class research-intensive university and positions the university in the top 10 of Australian universities.

UON Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the results were a fitting recognition of the University’s commitment to driving high quality education, research and innovation.

“As communities, cities and regions across the world face significant economic, social and technological change, it is important that universities ensure their graduates are positioned to meet the needs of future employers and that they work with their community, business and industry partners to deliver economic, social and technological innovation.”

“The result demonstrates that our students and partners can be confident that the quality of the work of our staff ranks in the top one percent of universities across the world,” she said.

“Our UON students, staff and alumni can be proud to belong to a university which performs among the world’s best.”

The independent 2017/2018 QS World University Rankings ranked a top group of universities against six indicators which provided measures of academic and employer reputation, research citations, student-staff ratios and the international diversity of staff and students.

Since 2014, UON has moved up more than 70 places in the QS ranking. Professor McMillen highlighted that the University of Newcastle provides an example of a university which is committed to both equity and excellence.

“UON has a long history of working to ensure that students from all backgrounds can access and succeed in higher education,” she said.

“These results demonstrate that delivering equity and excellence are not exclusive and that, through world-class education and research, UON can make a real difference in the lives of students from all backgrounds and to the cities and regions it serves.”