Western Sydney University surges ahead in global rankings
Western Sydney University has been ranked as one of the best universities in the world – following the release of new rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) and the QS World University Rankings.
In the influential THE Young University Rankings 2018, Western has improved its position in the ‘Top 250 Under 50’ (opens in a new window) – having now reached the 71st position.
250 institutions from 55 countries are included in the Young University Rankings. The rankings are determined using 13 performance indicators – with universities rigorously measured across their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
Western has also been recognised as one of the world’s top universities with the QS World University Rankings 2018. For the first time, the University has reached the top 500 in prestigious global rankings, with a rank of 498th.
Over 950 universities are ranked by QS, using six performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, student to faculty ratio, international faculty, and international students.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover has congratulated the University community on the excellent results.
"The University is proud to be included amongst the world’s modern, vibrant universities that push boundaries and set new standards in the higher education sector for excellence and student experience,” said Professor Glover.
“It’s testament to the dedication and rigour of Western Sydney University’s approach; one grounded in academic ambition, meaningful links with industry, and a continual refinement of our offering to students that ensures they’re equipped to meet the demands of a changing workplace. Certainly it’s pleasing to see our rise in rankings, but we must not rest. We are committed to building on our significant strengths in industry collaboration, research and, most importantly, student outcomes. That means turning our focus towards meeting emerging and future challenges as well as engaging those we confront today."
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