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UTS: Top-ranked young university in Australia*

Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President:

“At UTS we are proud to be rated the top young university in Australia and within the top 200 universities globally. It is an outstanding achievement for such a young University. It’s thanks to the hard work of our staff, quality of our students, impact of our alumni and commitment of our partners that we have risen so rapidly in all the major rankings in recent years.

“We will keep innovating and improving the quality of education and educational experience we offer and improving the quality and impact of our research — increasing the benefits we deliver for society. We are well on our way towards our vision of becoming a world-leading university of technology.”

* Times Higher Education WUR Top 150 under 50 Rankings 2016–2017 and QS Top 50 Under 50 2016–2017


The most prestigious international rankings agencies have ranked and rated UTS highly in recent years. Here are some of our recent achievements:

Fuller details of our recent rankings and ratings performance are given below.

UTS is Australia’s top ranked university in the Times Higher Education 100 universities under 50, 2015

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings

UTS is ranked in the top 250 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (opens an external site), which judges world class universities across all of their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. UTS in 9th position is also the youngest of the 31 Australian universities included in the THE World University Rankings top 800 rankings.

UTS ranked 1st in Australia and 21st globally in the Times Higher Education top 150 universities under 50 years of age (opens external site) global rankings, a comprehensive system designed for young universities with indicators linked to industry innovation as well as academic excellence.

UTS also placed 46th on the Times Higher Education list of the "Top 200 of the World’s most international universities 2016" (opens an external site). Based on the “international outlook” indicator from its 2015 World University Rankings, the measure takes into account a university’s international student numbers, percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.

Times Higher Education WUR — Top 150 under 50 (2012–2016)

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Reference: Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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Reimagine Education Award

UTS has been recognised as a world leader in innovative teaching and learning practices, winning the Hybrid Learning Innovation category of the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia.

UTS was nominated for its learning.futures initiative, a several-year-long program aligning future-focused curriculum with informed technology use, designed in tandem with a $1 billion transformation of the UTS City campus.

The award, for the most innovative blended pedagogy to enhance student learning, was accepted by the UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander, one of the architects of learning.futures. learning.futures builds on the UTS model of practice-oriented, research inspired learning, integrating the best of online and face-to-face experiences.

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QS Stars

QS Stars 2015

UTS has been awarded a significant five stars result for excellence in eight out of eight categories of higher education by QS™ for 2014–2016 (opens an exernal site).

  • Teaching: 5 Stars
  • Research: 5 Stars
  • Internationalisation: 5 Stars
  • Employability of our graduates: 5 Stars
  • Innovation: 5 Stars
  • Access: 5 Stars
  • Facilities: 5 Stars
  • Specialist: Five stars achieved in the academic disciplines of Accounting & Finance (opens an external site)

UTS Business School has been assessed under the latest QS Initiative — QS Stars Business Schools — a rating system for university business schools.

In 2014, UTS Business School was awarded 5 Stars overall, achieving 5-star ratings in Employability, Engagement, Internationalisation and Diversity, and Facilities.

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QS World University Rankings

UTS ranked 9th in Australia at 193 (up from 218) in the QS World University Rankings 2016–2017 [opens an external site]. UTS also ranked 8th in the world and 1st in Australia in the QS Top 50 under 50 (opens an external site) in the QS GLOBAL index of newer universities — those less than 50 years old. The rankings are based on research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

QS World University Rankings 2016/2017

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UTS was among the world’s top institutions in 15 of 30 subjects, including accounting and finance, art and design, business and management studies, chemistry, communication and media studies, computer science and information systems, economics and econometrics, education, engineering (civil and structural, electrical, mechanical), environmental sciences, law, mathematics and nursing.

Subject Fields in the Top 100 Universities

Accounting & Finance51–10051–10049
Art & Design-51–10031
Business & Management Studies-51–10051–100
Communication & Media Studies51–1004451–100
Computer Science & Information Systems101–150101–15051–100
Economics & Econometrics101–150101–15051–100

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Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

UTS has ranked in the top 400 world universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, since 2011.

Academic Ranking of World Universities    
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Broad Subject Fields    
Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences-151–200101–150101–150
Subject Fields    
Computer Science151–200101–150101–150101–150
Economics / Business151–200151–200151–200151–200

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ERA — Excellence in Research for Australia

The Australian Government benchmarked 94 per cent of UTS research in the broad fields of research at world standard or above in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. The results demonstrate an increase in the quality of research at UTS, with 67 per cent of our research classified as ‘above world standard’ (ERA ranking 4) or ‘well above world standard’ (ERA ranking 5), which is up from 28 per cent in the last ERA assessment in 2012.

UTS has also increased the number of areas classified as ‘well above world standard’ — the highest assessment — including: chemical sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural, veterinary sciences and economics, statistics, macromolecular and materials chemistry, physical chemistry, genetics, biomedical engineering, human movement and sports science and nursing.

This is the third ERA, conducted by the Australian Research Council to provide an assessment of research excellence within the Australian university sector. The data informs the government’s strategic research investment decision-making process.

The ERA 2015 National Report is available via the ARC website (opens external site). For more information about UTS’s world-class research, visit the UTS Research website.

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