The University of Canberra (UC) has been named the fastest rising university in the world, ranking 18th in the young universities rankings collated by Times Higher Education.
Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Steel congratulated UC saying its meteoric rise over several years in global rankings was a testament to its dedicated faculty and staff.
“This incredible rise has also seen UC cement itself as one of Australia’s top 10 universities – an incredible achievement for an institution so young,” Mr Steel said.
“To rise so quickly through the rankings is an affirmation of the quality of research and learning experience at UC,” he said.
Mr Steel said UC was a cornerstone of Canberra and its graduates contributed significantly to the community’s education, growth and wellbeing.
Vice-Chancellor and President of UC, Paddy Nixon, said the latest rankings reflected the dedication of staff and the University, to academic excellence and innovation.
“To be placed in the top 20 young universities globally, in our 30th anniversary year, is an outstanding achievement,” Professor Nixon said.
“These results are an affirmation of our strategic purpose – to be a globally respected university that is known for its deep civic connection,” she said.
Professor Nixon said an area of rapid expansion – and the main driver of UC’s rankings success – had been the development of world-class research centres and institutes, based around the five focus areas of communication, education, environment, governance and health.