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UOW climbs world university rankings ladder

UOW surges 14 places in QS World University Rankings. 

The University of Wollongong (UOW) has risen in the latest set of QS World University Rankings, climbing 14 places to number 218 in the world and placing 11th in Australia for overall ranking.

Released in the United Kingdom today (Thursday 7 June), the 2019 QS World University Rankings showed UOW made improvements in several key performance indicators including academic reputation, research citations by faculty and international students.

The QS World University Rankings have been produced since 2004 and are considered among the world’s leading higher education league tables. Universities are ranked based on a wide range of measures including research citations, academic and employer reputation, faculty to student ratio and internationalisation.

In the 2019 ranking, UOW has increased the number of citations each faculty member has placed in academic journals around the world and is now within the top ten in Australia and third in NSW – a clear measure of the growing impact and quality of its research. The measure reflects citations per faculty that have been received between 2012 and 2017, with more than 100 million citations from over 10 million papers considered in the ranking.

UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings CBE, said the increase in UOW’s position on the world stage was a reflection of the hard work by all staff across the institution.

“We are very pleased to see the University once again climbing the international rankings,” he said.

“The rise in academic reputation is testament to the high quality research taking place at UOW, both independently and in collaboration with partner institutions around the world.

“We have also continued to see success with our international students, with UOW continuing its quest to become a truly global university and strengthen its international brand.”

UOW also places in the top 250 in the world for employer reputation, a metric that focuses on how successful institutions are at preparing their graduates for the employment market.

“We have a deep commitment to providing our students with a personalised experience and a quality education that they will value for the rest of their working life,” Professor Wellings said.

“Our graduates will continue to be highly sought after by employers and that is a direct result of the efforts of our teaching and support staff in creating competent and curious global citizens.”

Since 2015 the University has risen more than 50 places in the overall world rankings.

The announcement comes just weeks after UOW became the only Australian university to be listed as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) for two consecutive years.

The GTEA recognises and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence, with UOW identified among 17 leading universities from Asia, Europe, North America, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

The national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) has consistently placed UOW among the top three Australian universities for overall performance, and its annual Employer Satisfaction Survey recently found employers are more satisfied with UOW graduates than with graduates from all other NSW universities.

UOW was also rated Australia’s leading public university for undergraduate student experience in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.