Southern Cross University has risen more than 50 places in the internationally renowned Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2024, placing in the top 660 institutions for the first time.
Southern Cross performed well in research and internationalisation, with Citations per Faculty and International Faculty achieving ranks of 361 and 270 respectively.
The University entered the QS World University Rankings for the first time in 2018 in the 801-1000 band, moving up to the 751-800 band in 2020 and into the 701-750 band last year, before placing in the 651-660 band this year.
“Behind these numbers is a community of incredibly passionate academics who are proving that a small regional University can make a difference on the world stage,” said Professor Mary Spongberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Capability).
“Our four research impact clusters harness the University’s strengths in plant science and agronomy, natural medicine, catchment management, reef and ocean science, engineering and the Circular Economy. It’s great to see their impact being recognised at the international level,” she said.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Carlin said it was particularly pleasing to see the result following a major program of transformation at the University, including the conversion of academic schools into four faculties and the introduction of the Southern Cross Model, a new academic experience based on immersive learning and flexible content delivery which is delivering remarkable improvements in student learning outcomes and success.
“It’s terrific to see our international reputation reflect world-class research and a constant focus on improvement. I’m delighted to see the quality of the University endorsed at this level, it’s a very exciting time for our institution,” said Professor Carlin.
Acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive university evaluations in the world, the UK-based QS Rankings aggregate research, employability, learning experience, global engagement and sustainability. For the 2024 edition, nearly 3,000 institutions in 104 locations worldwide were evaluated.
The top 660 result in the QS World University Rankings 2024 follows Southern Cross University’s ranking among the top 450 universities worldwide for Environmental Sciences in the QS subject evaluations earlier this year.