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22 September 2016

Times Higher Education World Rankings' logoImprovements in research and teaching, the right mix of international students, industry and professional partnerships, and enhanced citations of UniSA research, have combined to send UniSA “zooming up the charts” in the 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, a fitting cap to the University’s 25th birthday year. 

UniSA broke through two bands from its 2016 ranking, to position itself in the 251-300 band.  

The lift also comes in a bigger pool of assessed universities this year - with another 180 in the mix in 2016 – and places UniSA, one of the nation’s youngest universities, at number 11 in Australia. 

On the back of UniSA’s rise to 24 in the QS World’s Top 50 universities under 50 years old announced earlier in the week, UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says both results reflect the ongoing commitment by University staff to excellence in teaching and research and to engagement with industry. 

“These results means UniSA is now ranked in the top three per cent of world universities in the two most recognised measures – the THE and QS University Rankings,” Prof Lloyd says. 

“This is a stellar achievement for any institution, but for one that is just 25 years old, it is remarkable.” 

He says the results are underpinned by the University’s clear strategies and goals and an ambition to truly reflect its reputation as Australia’s University of Enterprise. 

UniSA showed improvement in its ratings for research and teaching and a significant improvement in the THE citations measure.

“I am especially pleased that THE is considering a broad spectrum of research achievement by assessing books and book chapters in its calculations, rather than confining its scope only to journal articles,” Prof Lloyd says. 

“It means the full range of research from disciplines such as law, education, social sciences, economics and finance are included in the analysis and are recognised as valuable international research contributions.” 

Prof Lloyd says he hoped to build on this performance in the next few years. 

“Continuing on this trajectory will see us move into the nation's top 10 in the coming years - an outstanding achievement for one of the country's youngest universities,” he says. 

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli mobile: +61 418 823 673 email: michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au

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