Miri – 2 February 2015 – Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked Western Australia’s Curtin University equal 10th in its list of the top 100 most international universities.
The ranking is based on universities’ performance in the international outlook indicator on THE’s flagship World University Ranking 2014/15.
Curtin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry, said this demonstrated Curtin’s ability to attract students from around the globe and to collaborate with international colleagues.
“Curtin has the third largest international student population of any Australian university with campuses across Western Australia, Sydney, Singapore and Sarawak,” Professor Terry said.
Curtin was positioned equal 10th with the Australian National University. The top three most international universities were in Switzerland, with institutions from Austria, France, England and Singapore rounding out the top 10.
The Times Higher Education World Ranking is the only global university performance table to judge world-class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The next THE World University Ranking will be released in late 2015.
Professor Jim Mienczakowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), Curtin’s largest international campus, said that Curtin’s ranking in the top 10 is an important recognition for any future students seeking to gain a top-class international qualification.
“It means that Curtin’s efforts to provide world-class education, service and opportunities to international and domestic students has been recognised globally,” he said.
In 2014, Curtin University significantly improved its rankings in another highly-regarded ranking system, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Centre for World-Class Universities.
Curtin is now placed 303 within the 301-400 band, up from the 401-500 band in 2013. The University was one of only 19 Australian universities ranked in 2014 and is placed equal 10th nationally.
On this achievement, Professor Terry said she was delighted Curtin had significantly improved its position.
“The ARWU is widely recognised as the most relevant research-oriented university ranking system worldwide and this is the sixth consecutive year Curtin has featured.
Curtin’s significant improvement in the 2014 rankings is a reflection of the focus the University has put, over a period of time, on increasing its research performance,” Professor Deborah Terry said.
Echoing Professor Terry’s sentiments, Professor Mienczakowski said it is truly rewarding to see how Curtin’s research prowess is gaining global recognition through the ARWU rankings.
“To be ranked 303 amongst the top 300-400 research focused universities worldwide means that Curtin has moved up a good 100 places and is extremely well positioned amongst the total global community of over 40,000 universities,” he remarked.