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World University Rankings 2022: UC rises in global top 200, stays in Australia's top 10

Suzanne Lazaroo

2 September 2021: The University of Canberra continues to rise quickly in the global rankings, climbing to 170th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2022.

The University has jumped 14 spots this year to remain in the top 200 universities worldwide, and retained its place in Australia's Top 10 universities.

The THE World University Rankings is the largest, most diverse ranking system of its kind, assessing over 1,500 universities in 93 countries and regions. It looks at a university’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The University of Canberra has risen steadily in the THE World University Rankings since it first entered in 2016, then placing in the 501–600 band.

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paddy Nixon says that the University’s steady rise is a valued and valuable reflection of the quality of its teaching and research, a strong tradition of industry collaboration, and the dedication of its staff.

“UC continues to see ongoing increases in the quantity and quality of our research,” Professor Nixon said. “As a civic university – we measure the value of our research by its impact on the community, region, nation and world.”

Such research projects making a real and tangible difference include the ongoing Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program, which helps veterans suffering from PTSD, and the play-based Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Program from the STEM Education Research Centre (SERC), which has enjoyed wide success across Australian preschools and early learning centres.

“Our strong industry partnerships make it possible for us to push the boundaries of learning, teaching and research,” Professor Nixon said.

“Such collaborations allow us to ground the work we do in the real world, as our researchers come up with innovative, progressive solutions..”

Professor Nixon said that this latest rankings success is all thanks to University of Canberra staff who have demonstrated great resilience, dedication and innovation, in a time of ongoing challenges.

“I am extremely proud to be part of the UC community,” he said. “Every day, I work with people who put their students first, who work very hard to provide the best teaching and learning experiences for them – and whose research is honestly changing the world.”

For more information on the 2022 THE World University Rankings, go to the main rankings website.