For the third year the University of Technology Sydney has been named the top young university in Australia in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, this year leaping six places in the global ranking to 15th in the world.
UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs attributes some of this success to the way UTS views "technology".
"While our aim is to become a world-leading university of technology, compared to many other leading universities of technology, particularly those in Asia, UTS doesn’t have a narrow definition of ‘technology’ limited to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines," Professor Brungs said. "We rather see technology as tools which change society; hence social science and arts, for example, are at least as important to our focus."
Climate Change Cluster (C3) Director Peter Ralph says that it is this type of recognition that his researchers thrive on.
"We are really starting to see the benefits of this vision of innovation for C3 and the Faculty of Science. The push on entrepeneurship, and connection to industry, but with foundations in robust multidisciplinary research, is bearing fruit in areas such as the algal bioeconomy, coral biodiversity conservation and smart cities research. It's all about creating a culture of excellence which is open, agile and creative."
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