The University of Newcastle has capped off a year of strong performance in global university rankings, with the latest assessment placing it in the top three per cent in the world.

The 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings released today, place Newcastle in the 276 – 300 bracket.

Times Higher Education is the final of the major independent international rankings of the world’s universities released each year. Today’s results follow the September release of the QS World University Rankings, where Newcastle rose from 291 to 268 in the world.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the University’s strong results in the 2012 rankings provided authoritative, independent evidence that Newcastle’s reputation as a world-class institution was building.

“National and global competition in the higher education sector is intense. Against this backdrop, Newcastle’s position among Australian universities in the Times Higher Education rankings rose from 12 to 11,” Professor McMillen said.

The Times Higher Education world rankings evaluate universities across five areas – teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

“We are particularly delighted that the University has been ranked second in Australia in the industry criterion, which measures research income from industry partners.

“Industry partnerships underpin much of the world-class research that the University of Newcastle undertakes. This strong result demonstrates that we are leaders in Australia in this important area.”

In June 2012, the QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ world rankings placed Newcastle at number 33 of young universities in the world; and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Newcastle number 45 in its inaugural ‘100 Under 50’.

“The University’s strong performance in 2012 across the major independent global league tables is a significant achievement for our institution and our regions,” Professor McMillen said.