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Research at UC 'well above world standard'

27 March 2019. The University of Canberra’s research disciplines deemed to be above and well-above world class has more than doubled in less than three years, according to a recent government assessment of research excellence. 

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 National Report released today reveals a dramatic improvement from the previous 2015 findings, with 82 per cent of UC’s evaluated research disciplines at world class or greater, and 41 per cent at above world class or greater. 

“For a young university such as ours to be delivering these results in research is phenomenal,” said Professor Deep Saini, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Canberra. 

“UC is the university forCanberra and of Canberra and is now right up there on the world stage. Not only have we delivered incredible results in the 2019Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ranking among the top 300 universities in the world, we have also shown that renewed efforts to support our talented people in research and integrated learning has delivered a strong impact.”

The research results come off the back of a rapid rise in the Times Higher Education (THE)Asia Pacific Rankingsfrom #81 up to #41 in just one year. 

University of Canberra research in the areas of Environmental Sciences, Ecological Applications,Environmental Science and Management, Genetics, Clinical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Services received the highest ranking ‘5’ or ‘well above world standard’. 

Those in the ‘4’ or ‘above world class’ category included eight disciplines—Nursingand Human Movement and Sports Science,Studies in Human Society, Medical and Health Sciences,Information Systems, Policy and Administration, Political Science, andPsychology.  

Four research disciplines Psychology and Cognative SciencesArtificial Intelligence and Image Processing,Education Systems, and Curriculum and Pedagogy, achieved a ranking of ‘3’ or ‘world class’ at UC for the first time in 2018 giving UC a total number of 14 research disciplines ranked at this level. 

“Overall this report card is a fantastic achievement for our valued UC researchers, and ultimately is of significant benefit to students, the Canberra community and the world.”