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Curtin moves ahead in the prestigious World University Rankings

Media release

Curtin University has again improved its ranking in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR) from 331 last year to equal 284 in the world.

The Forum at Curtin University

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said this recent rise in the QSWUR rankings was largely attributed to the university’s enhanced research, engagement and education performance and its improved international reputation.

Only last month Curtin significantly increased its position from the 301-400 band to the 201-300 band in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), placing the University at number 11 in Australia.

“Research rankings have again increased, with large rises in the numbers of ‘Papers’, ‘Citations’ and ‘Citations per Faculty’,” Professor Terry said.

Furthermore, Curtin has three highly cited researchers in Geoscientists Professor Simon Wilde and Laureate Fellow Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, and Chemical Engineer Professor Zongping Shao. A growing PhD cohort is also expanding research capacity and strengthening the University’s research profile.

“An increase in research income, particularly through partnerships with industry and the growing level of international collaboration with key partners, are significant contributors to the globalisation and impact of Curtin’s research,” Professor Terry said.

“Major initiatives which have been globally recognised include Curtin’s edX consortium membership, key partnerships in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and a recent agreement between Curtin and the Indian School of Mines to establish and operate the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology.

Curtin now ranks eighth in Australia for the ARWU Field of ‘Engineering/Technology and Computer Science’, placing in the 101-150 band, and fourth in Australia for the ARWU’s Subject of Mathematics, placing in the 151-200 band. Curtin is the only Western Australian university to rank in the top 200 in the world for these ARWU disciplines.