Ranking where youth and enthusiasm really rates

There’s a hooray-a-thon from institutions, on the Times Higher “young university rankings”

UTS, which rates 13th in the world among institutions under 50 is pleased that it leads the locals for the fifth year in a row. Uni Canberra is delighted to be 34th, up from 58th, “a stunning success for a university not yet turned 30!” VP Belinda Robinson said.  ACU (95th), acting VC Stephen Weller said joining the first 100 was “a tribute to the skill of ACU teachers and researchers.” And Victoria U attributes its rise from 53 to 45 in the world, “is proof that its student-focused transformation is paying big dividends.”  There’s more, but you get the idea.

Overall 22 Aus unis make the cut with 15 in the top 100, UTS, QUT (=24), Uni SA (=26), Uni Wollongong (29). James Cook U (33), Uni Canberra (34), Griffith U (35), Victoria U (45), Curtin U (=55), Western Sydney U (58), Deakin U (=63), Swinburne U (81), Murdoch U (89), ACU (95) and RMIT (=98).

The ranking uses the same methodology as Times Higher all-uni rankings, but with “weightings recalibrated to reflect the profile of missions of young universities”. In particular TH says they are adjusted “to give less weight to reputation.”

Presumably because TH did not want other unis to feel left out, there is also a ranking of “Golden Age” institutions, founded between 1945 and 1967. ANU is global number two (behind Uni Cal San Diego), Monash U is six, UNSW is equal eighth, Macquarie U is 33rd, Flinders U is 45th, Uni Newcastle is =49 and La Trobe is 52.


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