UOW climbs in 2019 QS World University Rankings

The University of Wollongong has climbed 14 places in the latest set of world rankings, placing 218th in the world and 11th in Australia.

Released in the United Kingdom today, the 2019 QS World University Rankings showed UOW made improvements in academic reputation, research citations by faculty and international students.

The rankings, which rely heavily in a university’s reputation with academics and employers, have been produced since 2004. Universities are also listed based research citations, faculty to student ratio and internationalisation.

Five Australian institutions ranked in the world’s top 50 with ANU ranked highest in 24th place. This was followed by the University of Melbourne (39), the University of Sydney (42), UNSW (45) and the University of Queensland (48).

In the 2019 ranking, UOW increased the number of citations each faculty member has placed in academic journals, which the university said showed its “growing impact and quality of its research”. 

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said the increase in UOW’s position was a reflection of hard work by staff.

“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,” he said.

In the other two major world ranking lists, Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, UOW has most recently placed in the 251-300 bands for both.

On another scoreboard released Thursday, UOW dropped two places to number 32 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, which lists top institutions under 50 years old.

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.

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