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Curtin climbs in world subject rankings

Media release

Curtin University has ranked second in the world for Engineering – Mineral and Mining in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, up 17 places from last year.

Curtin students in a mine at Mount Monger

Curtin achieved ranking in 25 subjects, seven more than last year, and ranked as a top 100 university in seven subjects: Engineering – Mineral and Mining, Architecture/Built Environment, Art and Design, Nursing, Earth and Marine Sciences, Education, and Sports-related Subjects.

Sports-related Subjects is a new ranking category for 2017 and Curtin was positioned in the 51-100 band.

The University also ranked for the first time in Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Psychology, Materials Science, Economics and Econometrics, and Physics and Astronomy.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the results reflected the University’s long-standing reputation for innovation and high-quality research.

“Overall, the results are very positive with improved performance in a number of areas, especially in Engineering – Mineral and Mining through the Curtin WA School of Mines, an outcome that reflects the University’s strong profile and performance in this important field,” Professor Terry said.

“Curtin’s ranking in the new field of Sports-related Subjects shows the University is building strong capability in this discipline.

“The University continues to receive recognition in the QS rankings and this is something staff, students and alumni can be proud of.”

QS this year provided a ranking of 46 subjects which are categorised in the five broad disciplines of Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management.

The ranking assesses university performance across four areas – research, teaching, employability and internationalisation – and looks at six performance indicators, including academic reputation and student-to-faculty ratio.