Southern Cross named in world’s top 100 young unis

Published 7 June 2018
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Southern Cross has been recognised as one of the top 100 young universities in the world in prestigious university rankings released today.

The 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings benchmark the performance of universities 50 years old or younger and has ranked Southern Cross University 98th in the world.

The rankings are derived from 13 different performance indicators, including evaluations of teaching, research, international outlook and industry income.

Southern Cross was ranked in the 101-150 bracket in 2017, so the elevation to 98th in the world is a reflection that the secret of the university’s success is finally out, according to Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Nancarrow.

“Great, innovative regional universities are frequently overlooked and Southern Cross has been managing to deliver outstanding education and research outcomes without a lot of fanfare in the past,” Professor Nancarrow said.

“Rankings can change, but for Southern Cross this year they provide a strong reassurance that we are continuing to deliver great outcomes and also we are now getting recognition for that work.

“The secret is out – Southern Cross is now unequivocally recognised as a strong, successful university by one of the world’s leading rankings agencies.”

Regional universities are recognised by many people in their local communities as critical drivers of excellence and innovation. Southern Cross had long been a quiet contributor, but advocacy for a New Regional Deal to improve education options for regional Australians and the mounting financial challenges faced by regional campuses to deliver high quality education had driven the University to start telling its story more effectively.

“Rankings are wonderful, but this is just the start for Southern Cross. More people have begun to become aware of the distinctive advantages of a Southern Cross education – with more access to work placements, industry-driven courses and environmental access than many other universities can provide," said Professor Nancarrow.

“Our next intake of students in early July is seeing a spike in interest from regional people who are keen to start opening up new options for their career – and who don’t want to wait until next year to get started.

“This ranking demonstrates the success Southern Cross that has had in developing an outstanding range of courses and opportunities that are relevant to the lives and careers of regional Australians.

“As Australia’s engaged university, this is also an acknowledgement of the importance of involving industry and community in the development of our courses and the identification of work and career opportunities for graduates.”

For more information visit the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings website.

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