Where in the ward would you rather be!

Griffith U rates second in the world for nursing in the Academic Ranking of World Universities released yesterday

 It’s followed by no less than six other Australian universities in the global top 20. All the subject rankings are in CMM this morning.

There’s more in the Mail

In Features this morning

Marina Harvey (UNSW) and colleagues on reflections in teaching and learning. It’s this week’s pick by Commissioning Editor Sally Kift.

 UNSW DVC Merlin Crossley’s  full-throated praise for Australian universities and why we dare not put them at risk.

Nigel Penny  warns universities won’t be resuming normal-service. The time to be working on new business models is now.

Michael Tomlinson asks, what are the jobs the government wants graduates to be ready for?

Nick Klomp to students: follow your passion not a politician

The CQU VC says Y12 students should set their own career course

“My advice to year 12 students who are considering the career signals being sent to you by the government this week, is to ignore the career signals being sent to you by the government this week.”

“Block out the background noise and decide where your passions lie. Focus exclusively on how you want to make an impact in this world. The only person who gets to decide what your career and study paths looks like, is you. Don’t let a room full of politicians and bureaucrats convince you against doing an arts, humanities, business or law degree if that is where your passions lie.”

“There is not a politician … on the planet who could predict employment trends over this time. So, set your own career course.”

Professor Klomp’s message is in on the CQU website because, “I still haven’t figured out Tik Tok.”

CMM has a bottle of scotch for the first VC in Australia making a student announcement on the short-form video network.

If you can make it there …

Expanding VET into India isn’t easy now, it never has been

Yesterday CMM reported on a new Australian Government programme to help India reach its 120m new skilled workers by 2020, (including meetings, conferences and symposia!). It reminded the learned Claire Field how little happens in exporting VET to India. In 2012 India’s National Skills Development Centre’s target for up-skilling workers was 500m and Ms Field was part of a delegation led by then NSW premier Barry O’Farrell which was keen to help. But not much appears to have happened.

“It’s not for lack of trying by anyone – not least some good Australian private providers who invested heaps and walked away with nothing on joint ventures – India is so hard,” she says.

At UWA den Hollander delivers

Staff have voted for COVID-19 savings to protect jobs

The university community will accept a delay in an enterprise agreement pay rise, no 2020 Christmas leave loading and a 19-day additional leave purchase by staff. While the number of jobs saved is not specified number-crunching suggests it could be around 230 (CMM June 9).

The deal, and the way it was done, is in-line with what was intended to be a national accord, negotiated by four VCs and the federal leadership of the National Tertiary Education Union.

The UWA version was supported by 77 per cent of staff voting, albeit the turnout was just 50 per cent.

This is a big win for Jane den Hollander, who has acted as VC since Dawn Freshwater left, covering until Amit Chaka starts. The well-respected former Deakin U VC gave her word that the deal was needed to address UWA’s “precarious” finances, which “cannot go on unchecked,” (CMM June 22).

It is also a win for VC-elect Chakma, who will start next month with major savings already agreed.

MOOCs of the morning

The full suite of Study with Australia On-Line MOOCs are now up and running

They are a JV between participating universities, AusTrade and Future Learn. CMM international education correspondent Dirk Mulder calls them, “an opportunity to showcase brands and expertise via free taster courses, to a worldwide audience,” (CMM (April 24)

The last to-start include a course on data analytics from Bond U, how to podcast from Uni Wollongong and a Macquarie U course on improving IELTS speaking scores – which has to be a hit with optimists who think international students will come back (April 24).

La Trobe U goes for local student growth: it’s sending a needed signal

It’s the only growth game in town

La Trobe U has taken a UG enrolment hit – and it’s not all COVID-19 caused, with school leavers in regions it serves said to have turned to TAFE. And so, the university is responding to build share among the expected bumper school leaver market next year. There isn’t much choice – Vice Chancellor John Dewar warns international enrolments may never recover to where they were before the crisis (CMM May 13).

New moves: LT U has a new alternative entry scheme for school leavers, who can take two subjects on-line, with results used to calculate an ATAR-equivalent. DVC Students Jessica Vanderlelie says “it is based on solid evidence and recognise student achievement in a way that is directly linked to what it takes to succeed at university.”

It’s additional to the university’s Aspire scheme which guarantees early entry to school students who have the minimum ATAR for the course.

And there’s a new TV, digital recruitment campaignpitching LT U on the quality and caring of teaching staff who help students, “be the best they can be.”

Why they matter: For month’s Vice Chancellor John Dewar has appeared to be on the back foot in dealing with La Trobe’s projected deficit, (CMM May 13. The problem was his frankness on finances led some to assume that the university’s front foot was in the budgetary grave. The Age claimed the university was “at risk of going broke in a matter of weeks,” (CMM June 2). It hasn’t, but the perception that LT U would be a basket case, if it could afford the straw, is a problem.

Which LT U is addressing. Last week’s staff vote to accept reductions in wages and conditions  to protect jobs from the COVID-19 crunch was a win, saving the university from a brawl over redundancies (CMM June 26).

And rather than just cutting to keep both feet, on rather than under, the ground, LT U is also getting going on a rapid-restructure.

Rob Pike (provost, science, health and engineering,) has gamely stepped up to a four-month appointment as provost, university transformation.

Where Aus unis rate on the ARWU top 100s for 54 subjects

Australian universities are among the world’s top 100 (or 50 in smaller fields) in every discipline, bar one in the new Academic Ranking of World Universities subject lists

The outlier is mathematics, where UNSW drops from 76-100 in 2018 and 2019 to the 101-150 group.

However, UNSW is the top Australian institution on the top 100/50 lists in 37 of 54 subjects, ahead of Uni Melbourne 34, Uni Queensland 32, Monash U 30 and Uni Sydney 27.

The ARWU subject ranking uses the same methodology of its flagship league table, including papers published, journal and citation impact. This year it extended the use of discipline prizes by surveying academics to identify peak awards not widely known outside a field.

Scroll down for all the discipline lists (with apologies for errors/omissions). Last year’s results are in CMM for June 27 2019.

Australian universities in the ARWU’s world top 100: natural sciences

Mathematics: –

Physics: ANU (28)

Chemistry: Monash U (76-100)

Earth Sciences: ANU (26), Curtin U (39) UWA (50) Monash U (51-75), Uni Adelaide (51-75),

UNSW (51-75), U Tas (51-75), Macquarie U (76-100), Uni Melbourne (76-100),

Geography: ANU (9), Uni Queensland (10), Uni Melbourne (13), James Cook U (51-75), Griffith U (76-100), Monash U (76-100), UNSW (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100),

Ecology: Uni Queensland (21), Western Sydney U (23), James Cook U (28), ANU (38), UNSW (43), Uni Melbourne (46), UWA (47), Macquarie U (51-75), Monash U (51-75), Uni Sydney (51-75), Uni Tas (51-75),

Oceanography: U Tas (9), UNSW (20), UWA (22), ANU (51-75), Uni Queensland (51-75), James Cook U (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100),

Atmospheric science: UNSW (34), Uni Melbourne (51-75), U Tas (76-100),

Australian universities in the ARWU’s world top 100: engineering

Mech eng: UNSW 935), Monash U (42), Uni Sydney (51-75), Uni Wollongong (51-75), Uni Adelaide (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100),

Electrical-electronic eng: Uni Adelaide (42), UNSW 51-75), RMIT (76-100), ANU (76-100), Uni Melbourne (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100), UTS (76-100)

Automation and control:  Uni Newcastle (13), ANU (18), Uni Adelaide (24), Victoria U (32), RMIT 51-75), Uni Melbourne (51-75), UNSW (51-75), Western Sydney U (51-75), Swinburne U (76-100), UTS (76-100)

Telecommunications: UTS (19), Uni Sydney (30),  UNSW (35), ANU (44), Deakin U (76-100), Macquarie U (76-100)

Instruments science: UNSW (49), Uni Adelaide (51-75), UTS (51-75), RMIT (76-100), Uni Wollongong (76-100),

Computer science: UTS (13), Uni Adelaide (40), Uni Sydney (49), ANU (51-75), UNSW 51-75), Deakin U (76-100), Griffith U (76-100), Uni Melbourne (76-100)

Civil eng:  UNSW (8), Uni Sydney (21), Uni Adelaide (25), Monash U (40), QUT (51-75), RMIT (51-75), Uni Wolllongong (51-75), Western Sydney U (51-75), Swinburne U (76-100), Uni Melbourne (76-100),

Chemical eng: Monash U (45), Curtin U (51-75), UNSW (51-75), Uni Queensland (76-100),

Materials science: Monash U (51-75), Uni Wollongong (51-75), UNSW (76-100) Uni Queensland (76-100)

Nano science and tech: Monash U (51-75), Uni Wollongong (51-75), ANU (76-100), UNSW (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100),

Energy science and eng: Uni Wollongong (27), UNSW (38), Monash U (41), Uni Queensland (51-75), UTS (51-75), Uni Adelaide (76-100)

Environmental science: UWA (21), Uni Queensland (23), UNSW (42), Uni Melbourne (76-100)

Water resources: UNSW (5), Flinders U (13), Uni Queensland (18), Uni Adelaide (31), Monash U (32), Uni Melbourne (35), UWA (46), ANU (49), UTS (51-75), Griffith U (76-100)

Food science: Uni Queensland (20), Uni Melbourne (76-100)

Biotechnology: Uni Queensland (7), Uni Melbourne (25), UTS (51-75), Monash U (76-100), UNSW (76-100)

Aerospace (only listings for top 50): UNSW (33), RMIT (41)

Marine/ocean engineering (only listings for top 50, no listing for first four places):  UWA (5), Griffith (8), U Tas (23), UNSW (37)

Transportation science: Uni Sydney (16), UNSW (46), QUT (50), Monash U (51-75), ANU 51-75, UTS (51-75), Uni Queensland (76-100)

Remote sensing: UNSW (13), Monash U (28), ANU (51-75), Uni Melbourne (51-75), UTS (51-75), Uni Queensland (76-100)

Mining and mineral eng: UWA (4), Uni Adelaide (7), Monash U (9), Uni Queensland (12) UNSW (13), Curtin U (19), Uni Tas (25), RMIT (38), Uni Wollongong (42), Uni Newcastle (44), James Cook U (51-75), Uni Melbourne (76-100), Uni SA (76-100),

Metallurgical engineering: Monash U (9), Uni Queensland (24), Deakin U (42), Uni Sydney (46), UNSW (49), RMIT (51-75), Uni Wollongong (51-75)

Australian universities in the ARWU’s world top: life sciences and medical sciences


Life sciences

Biological science: UWA (34), Uni Melbourne (49), Uni Queensland (51-75), Monash U (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Human biological sciences: Uni Melbourne (27), UWA (33), Monash U (51-75), Uni Queensland (51-75), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Agricultural sciences: UWA (17), Uni Queensland (21), Uni Melbourne (30), Uni Adelaide (37), Uni Sydney (39), Uni Tas (47), ANU (51-75), Western Sydney U (51-75)

Veterinary sciences: Uni Sydney (17), Uni Melbourne (26), Uni Queensland (46), Murdoch U (51-75), Uni Adelaide (76-100), Uni New England (76-100)


Medical Sciences

Clinical medicine: Uni Melbourne (13), Uni Sydney (27), UWA (29), Monash U (51-75), UNSW (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100)

Public health: Uni Melbourne (17), Uni Queensland (27), Uni Sydney (35), Monash U (46), UNSW (51-75), UWA (51-75), ANU (76-100)

Dentistry and oral sciences: Uni Adelaide (45), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Nursing: Griffith U (2), Uni Queensland (4), UTS (9), Uni Sydney (12), QUT (17), ACU (18), Monash U (19), Deakin U (40), Uni Melbourne (42), Curtin U (45), Flinders U (51-75), Uni Newcastle, (51-75), Edith Cowan U (76-100), La Trobe U (76-100), Uni Adelaide (76-100), UNSW (76-100), UWA (76-100)

Medical tech: Uni Sydney (51-75), Uni Melbourne (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100)

Pharmacy and pharma science: Monash U (11), Uni Queensland (26), Uni Melbourne (41), Uni Sydney (51-75)

Australian universities in the ARWU’s world top: social sciences

Economics: Monash U (51-75), Uni Melbourne (51-75), Uni Sydney (51-75), UNSW (76-100)

Statistics:  Uni Melbourne (35), Monash U (51-75), ANU (51-75), UTS (51-75), UNSW (76-100)

Law: Griffith U (51-75)

Political science: ANU (76-100), Uni Queensland (76-100)

Sociology: Uni Melbourne (51-75), Uni Queensland (51-75)

Education: Monash U (32), Uni Sydney (40), ACU (51-75), Deakin U (51-75), QUT (51-75), Uni Melbourne (51-75), Uni Queensland (51-75), Griffith U (76-100), UNSW (76-100)

Communication: QUT (51-75), Uni Sydney (51-75), Monash U (76-100), Uni Melbourne (76-100), UNSW (76-100)

Psychology: UNSW (34), Uni Queensland (50), Uni Melbourne (51-75), UWA (51-75), Macquarie U (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Business admin: Monash U (51-75), Uni Melbourne (51-75), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Finance: UNSW (24), Uni Melbourne (44), Monash U (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Management: UNSW (51-75), Uni Melbourne (76-100), Uni Sydney (76-100)

Public admin: Uni Melbourne (42), ANU (51-75), Uni Queensland (51-75), Monash U (76-100)

Hospitality and tourism management: Griffith U (3), Uni Queensland (8), Un SA (34), UNSW (35), Curtin U (43), James Cook U (49), Monash U (50), Edith Cowan U (51-75), QUT (51-75), Southern Cross U (51-75), La Trobe U (76-100), Uni Newcastle (76-100), UWA (76-100), UTS (76-100)

Library and information science: UNSW 12, Uni Sydney (49), Uni Melbourne (51-75),