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Surge in QS World Rankings caps off a stellar month for UOW

UOW has made one of the biggest jumps among the world’s universities in the QS World University Rankings.

UOW has made one of the biggest jumps among the world’s universities in the QS World University Rankings capping off a month of significant ranking successes for UOW.

The 2015 QS World University Rankings, officially announced today from Glasgow, Scotland, saw UOW surge from its 2014 ranking of 283rd to 243rd - a rise of 40 places representing one of the biggest improvements of any university.

UOW also fared well in the employer ranking—a measure of how much employers value UOW graduates—being placed at 119th in the world and 8th in Australia.

The citations rating—a measure of how often the work of UOW researchers is cited around the world—also placed UOW as 8th in Australia, ranking 195th internationally.

The QS faculty rankings also revealed big improvements for UOW. Its natural sciences ranking jumped 97 places from 298th to 201st, social sciences and management improved 81 places from 259th to 178th while engineering and technology jumped 45 places from 208th to 163rd.

These results follows closely on the heels of UOW’s other recent surge in mid-August when it recorded the fourth biggest improvement in the world leaping from a ranking of 329th to 262nd in the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). This was UOW’s best ever ranking in the table, moving the University into a higher ranking bracket and from 13th in Australia to 10th place behind the Group of Eight universities and Macquarie University.

“These rankings are a fantastic way to celebrate our 40th anniversary as an independent university and today’s announcement really reflects the work that’s gone on from our researchers and the truly great work from our teaching staff,” UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, said.

He said the latest rankings data clearly indicated how UOW’s graduates were highly sought after by employers with the University again being placed well inside the top 1 per cent spot in the world for this category.

“This result is consistent with the 2016 Good Universities Guide which showed for the 15th year in a row that the University received a five star ranking for its graduates getting full-time jobs,” Professor Wellings said.

The Vice-Chancellor said the results also reflected that UOW strives to support students through a range of personalised services to help them with their transition to university and provide support with their career planning and seeking of employment.

“Overall, a really fantastic position for the university to be in and we’re really pleased to jump some 40 places this year in the QS table following on from the Academic Rankings of World Universities that came out last month,” Professor Wellings said.