Curtin improves in world’s elite subject rankings

Media release

Curtin University has improved its ranking in education, environmental sciences, psychology and agriculture and forestry in the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject of the world’s top 200 institutions.

The findings revealed that this year Curtin ranked in 12 of the 30 published subjects with an outstanding result for education which rose to number 41 in the world.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket, said QS World University Rankings were regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed international rankings and Curtin was very proud to have improved its global standing this year.

“These rankings are drawn up on the basis of academic opinion, recruiter opinion and citations,” she said.

“Curtin’s increased performance is testament to our status as a research-intensive university, determined by the quality, scale and significance of its research, as assessed against national and international benchmarks.”

Academic disciplines are sorted into five categories: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences and social sciences and management, each of which shows the top universities in that particular field.

“Curtin’s ratings in the field of education were boosted by the international reputation for excellence of the Science and Mathematics, Education Centre (SMEC). The Centre has the world’s largest doctoral program in science and mathematics education, as well as some of the world’s most-highly cited science education researchers,” Professor Hacket said.

“The improvement in psychology reflects the vast array of cutting-edge research projects run by established industry professionals and experts who work in the area, and provide support to students and contribute to course development. This ensures that Curtin Psychology remains at the forefront of education.”

Over 46,000 academics identified the leading institutions for research in their region and field of expertise.

Find out further information on the rankings on the Top Universities website.