The University of Newcastle (UON) has been ranked in the top 10 of Australian universities in the 2014 QS World University Rankings released today, a rise of five places on last year. Globally, the University climbed 41 places to be ranked 257th in the world.

The QS rankings are compiled from international surveys of academics and employers, and education and research data about universities across the world. Six indicators are used to measure a university’s performance: academic reputation, employer reputation, number of citations of a university’s research (scaled to size of institution), ratio of academic staff to students, percentage of international staff, and percentage of international students.

UON is a world class university

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the independent ranking was an excellent result that reflected the University’s international reputation for delivering the highest quality education and conducting world-class research and innovation.

“The University and our community can be very proud of this independent international assessment, measuring us against the world’s best.

“Our overall improvement in the QS rankings this year includes some excellent outcomes in individual ranking categories, which highlight our focus on academic quality and graduate employability”, the Vice-Chancellor said.

UON’s surge in the 2014 QS rankings is based on a 15 per cent improvement in our academic reputation since last year, and a 17 per cent improvement in our reputation among employers since 2013.

“This outcome is testament to the work the University has been engaged in to raise our profile among our national and world peers. In particular it is excellent to see growth in our reputation among employers,” Professor McMillen said.