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Southern Cross Uni punching well above its weight in latest rankings


Dean Gould
18 October 2018

Southern Cross University has been recognised in the Times Higher Education subject rankings in the top four per cent of universities worldwide for social science, business and economics, and education.

The subject rankings are based on the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2019, with the methodology recalibrated for each subject to suit the individual fields. The prestigious rankings place Southern Cross between 301-400 for each category, (there are about 10,000 Universities worldwide).

Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said with impressive campuses in Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast, state-of-the-art facilities, and a plethora of online course offerings, there has never been a better time to study at Southern Cross.

“Southern Cross is being recognised and rewarded for continuing to deliver great outcomes in these subject areas,” Professor Shoemaker said.

“In the past year we doubled the scholarship pool for prospective students and we are continuing to introduce innovative new courses and availabilities, including a double degree in exercise science and psychological science and new health courses including Australia’s first double degree in podiatry and pedorthics.”

The University has also been acknowledged for its impressive track record in the latest Australian Good Universities Guide. Southern Cross psychology courses were ranked highest in the country for teaching quality and student support, while tourism and hospitality courses swept the board as highest ranking in the country for overall educational experience, graduate employment and learning resources. The University’s law, health, communications, environmental sciences, social sciences, creative arts, engineering, science, nursing, business and management courses were all recognised with a five-star ranking in at least one category or more in the 2019 guide.

Finally, the 2018 International Student Barometer (ISB), the benchmark in gauging student experience, recently ranked Southern Cross University as number one in Australia for support of international students. The ISB is conducted by i-Graduate International Insight which tracks international students from application to graduation and highlights Southern Cross University’s deliberate focus on ensuring overseas students have the best possible support, engagement, learning and teaching. Southern Cross University was also ranked number one in the ISB for financial support and accommodation cost.

This week Southern Cross University will champion the interests of regional Australia on the international stage when it hosts the first Regional Universities Conference: Anchor Institutions Transforming their Regions, at its Gold Coast campus, on 18-19 October.