In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology has been ranked for the first time in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50, an index of the world’s top universities under the age of 50.

Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said Swinburne’s inclusion is a testament to the level of excellence the university has been able to achieve over the past two decades.

“Our ranking in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 reinforces Swinburne as a university with a depth of expertise in teaching and research, both in Australia and internationally,” Professor Kristjanson said.

The Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 measures universities on research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry outcome. This year, Swinburne debuted in the rankings at 65.

Swinburne’s dedication to producing outstanding research that is relevant, world changing and internationally recognised is reflected in recent initiatives which include:

  • a new holographic display that has the potential to project three-dimensional images that appear to ‘float’ in the air
  • a comprehensive study on the worldwide phenomenon of fast radio bursts, a newly discovered astronomical phenomenon that has puzzled physicists the world over
  • an online intervention program with the Victoria Police that encourages smarter drinking choices.

Swinburne is also a university that is renowned for great outcomes for our students, having received a five-star rating for overall graduate satisfaction by the Good Universities Guide 2015.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said this unique ranking is based on the same comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators used in the THE World University Rankings.

“So many universities in this ranking have shown they can match the ancient global elite and have proven that with the right drive, what others have developed over centuries can be achieved in a matter of decades."

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