Survey ranks our disciplines among best in the world

Posted on May 8, 2013

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La Trobe students on the Melbourne campus

La Trobe University disciplines have been rated among the world’s top 100 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The rankings evaluated 2,858 universities verifying 8,391 programs on the basis of 68 million citations.

Sociology came in at number 43, placing La Trobe in the world’s top 50 most elite institutions. In four other subject areas – communications and media, history, education and linguistics – La Trobe was ranked among the top 100 world universities.

Psychology, English language and literature, along with accounting and finance ranked in the top 150, while philosophy and law ranked in the 150 to 200 band.

‘This is an extremely pleasing result, both for the University and the specific areas involved,’ said Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar. ‘It is a great credit to our academic staff who are to be congratulated on this result.

Solid foundations

Professor Dewar: great credit to academic staff who are to be congratulated on this result

‘It also provides solid foundations for the exciting course and research developments that are being rolled out under the University’s new Future Ready strategy,’ he said.

The results highlight La Trobe’s continued high global standards in the humanities and the social sciences since the surveys began in 2005 when these areas were ranked in the top 50 and 100 categories respectively.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Tim Murray, said the outcome provided additional evidence of the fundamental strengths of humanities and social sciences being taught at La Trobe.

‘The most recent Excellence in Research for Australia assessment by the Federal Government produced an outstanding result for the faculty and this report is a further vote of confidence in our commitment to a vibrant and dynamic range of research, courses and subjects,’ Professor Murray said.

Executive Dean of Education, Professor Lorraine Ling, said achieving a top 100 world ranking would boost the profile of La Trobe’s education program both in Australia and internationally.

‘The result endorses the quality and innovative nature of our courses, which offer a range of teaching qualifications for people seeking careers ranging from kindergarten, primary and secondary school teaching to working in outdoor, tourism and recreation industries,’ she said.

Commenting on the achievements of accounting and finance and law in the rankings, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Professor Leigh Drake, said ‘our high standards and increasing ranking in international polls such as QS reflect the great work being undertaken by all.’