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Uni of Adelaide's global ranking offers opportunities for the State

Wednesday, 19 June 2019


The University of Adelaide has again risen in the latest QS World University Rankings 2020, released today.

The University has increased eight places on last year to be ranked 106th in the world. Adelaide continues to be the leading university in South Australia and one of the highest ranked in the nation.

The latest QS World University Rankings have come just days after the University of Adelaide was ranked 132 in the world in the Performance of Scientific Papers for World Universities, released by National Taiwan University (NTU), and just a month after the highly regarded Leiden Rankings named the University of Adelaide as 6th in Australia and New Zealand, and 139 in the world, for overall research performance.

“Each of the international rankings systems has their own methodology and approach. While none are perfect indicators of institutional quality, each gives a sense of how a University is perceived by others,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen, AO.

“At a time of increasing global competition among universities, the latest world ranking is pleasing news for the University of Adelaide, for our students, staff and alumni.

“Such a ranking speaks to the international perception of our University, of our reputation, and the high regard that a degree from the University of Adelaide holds anywhere in the world.

“Graduates from our University will understand that their degree offers them more opportunities, both within Australia and abroad, and that they will have learned from some of the world’s best academics in their fields,” he said.

Professor Rathjen said the ranking is a response to the University of Adelaide’s increasingly international outlook and the quality of its research programs.

In its new strategic plan, Future Making, the University of Adelaide has challenged itself to be the truly global 21st century university for the State. The plan includes an ambition to forge deeper connections to the “global world of ideas”, including international business and industry, and establish a dedicated program for bringing the world’s “top talent” to Adelaide.

“Leveraging the strengths of our University and its international reputation means being more connected to a global world, and helping to bring that world to our State,” says the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Nancy Cromar.

“We see the potential for opportunities here, welcoming new international students, staff and businesses to South Australia, who otherwise might not have realised the value of our State and our city.

“In joining with us, they will help to create economic and social opportunity, enlivening our city with an exchange of culture and ideas, and enhancing the global connectivity of the community – including that of our local students.”

Increasing numbers of international students also means the creation of more jobs in South Australia. The University of Adelaide’s international students are currently responsible for more than 4400 jobs in the State.*

Over the past 18 months, multinational companies such as Dassault Systemes, Lockheed Martin, Silanna, BAE Systems, and Plant and Food Research have all established partnerships and offices on the University’s campuses.

* London Economics Report 2018, commissioned by the Group of Eight (Go8) universities [Full Story]

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