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Study Group partner universities achieve global ranking success

07 September 2020

This year’s Times Higher Education global rankings brought welcome news for a number of Study Group’s collaborating universities and for international students studying at our centres around the world.

The University of Sydney has moved up nine places in the prestigious rankings. It was named 51st in the world, and second in Australia. The increase was underpinned by excellence in research, teaching reputation and an increase in academic citations. Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said:

“This outstanding result further cements our reputation as one of the world’s leading universities. We continue to perform strongly and deliver leading research that is recognised globally. This affords our staff and students the opportunity to make a real difference and contribution to society; collaborating with partners to address the most challenging topics of our time – be it a global pandemic, climate change, racism or sustainability.”

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the Times Higher Education global rankings moved The University of Auckland up by a remarkable 32 places from 179th to 147th place - its best result since 2008 when it placed 145th. Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said that she was proud of the achievements of staff across the university – both academic and professional – that had produced such an outstanding result:

"We know the excellence of the teaching, learning and research that is carried out at this university, and it is very gratifying to have it endorsed by the Times Higher Education global ranking system,".

In Britain, Study Group’s most recent addition to the universities we work with, The University of Cardiff was named 191st in the world, an increase of seven places on last year’s ranking. The University of Lancaster rose three places to 136th in the world, continuing its upward trajectory. It has increased fourteen places over the last four years.

In the Netherlands, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam rose 22 places to 116th in the world. This news comes in addition to the University being ranked number 39 worldwide for the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals, and second in the world for action against climate change.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. The THE World University Rankings ranked 1,527 institutions from 93 countries, drawing on data points on almost 2,000 of the world’s leading research universities and more than 22,000 academic reputation survey responses.

The rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge universities across all of their core missions, including citations, research, teaching, international outlook and industry income. The annual rankings measure factors such as academic reputation, core areas of teaching, citation statistics, international outlook, and research income and degrees awarded.

Commenting on the rankings, Study Group CEO Emma Lancaster said:

“We are delighted to see a number of our partners make significant gains in this year’s Times Higher Education global rankings. We know this represents extraordinary efforts from their staff on behalf of students, but I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of all our partners who range from established globally-leading institutions in teaching and research to younger but progressive and high-quality institutions around the world. Our international students are fortunate to gain an outstanding education in both kinds of university, and the proof of that is seen in the lives and careers they go on to have after graduation. Well done to them all.”

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