Under 50 – and looking fabulous

Posted on May 31, 2012

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La Trobe: among a new generation of global universities

La Trobe University in two just-released global surveys has been ranked among the top 50 and top 100 ‘younger’ universities in the world.

These universities have been founded in the past 50 years during an era of unprecedented growth in global higher education, contributing to widespread intellectual, social and economic achievement.

The two rankings are the ‘QS Top 50 Under 50’ and the inaugural ‘Times Higher Education 100 Under 50’ league tables.

La Trobe came in at number 44 in the QS survey for newer institutions. QS considers more than 2,000 universities world-wide. While Asian universities filled six of the top ten places in the QS survey, Australian universities nabbed ten spots in the overall ranking, the most out of the 23 countries represented.

New breed of university

In the ‘Times Higher Education’ inaugural ‘100 Under 50’ league table, La Trobe was ranked number 81 of the world’s best young universities. The new rankings complement ‘Times Higher Education’s’ World Reputation Rankings, published earlier this year.

Editor Phil Baty says the ranking ‘is about a new breed of global universities – those that have managed to join the world’s top table in just decades rather than centuries, and others showing great promise for the future.’

Vice-Chancellor Dewar: important benchmarks for how well universities serve their communities

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar says: ‘La Trobe is one of a new generation of higher learning institutions and these results show what a strong contender the University is on the international scene.

‘As an institution we have also been ranked in the top 500 universities worldwide by the highly respected Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings.’

World-class level

‘These are important benchmarks to show how well universities serve their communities and La Trobe University provides, and will continue to provide, the opportunity for people to be educated on a world class level.’

The rankings are based on research, teaching, employability and internationalisation and provide an opportunity for younger universities to demonstrate how they compare with peer institutions in the global league.

‘La Trobe,’ says Professor Dewar, ‘has five campuses throughout Victoria where we integrate our activity into the lives of the broader public and serve the community in creative ways.

‘One of La Trobe’s greatest assets is the contribution it makes to regional Victoria by making world class education accessible to all.’  □