Strong result for Southern Cross in QS rankings of world universities

Southern Cross University has achieved its best ever result in the QS World University Rankings, emerging in the top 50% of global institutions.

These rankings, established in 2004 and produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, list the world’s top universities in 100 locations. The results account for the distribution and performance of 16.4 million academic papers and the 117.8 million citations received by those papers.

The 701-750 ranking for Southern Cross is an outstanding result for a non-metropolitan Australian university competing against 1422 universities globally. Since breaking into the QS World University Rankings (WUR) for the first time in 2018, at the 801-1000 tier, Southern Cross has moved up twice.

The Citations per Faculty metric has jumped from 474 to 393, demonstrating the University’s scholarly impact and reputation for research excellence is growing.

The University’s ability to attract high quality international staff and students is demonstrated by the strong International Students indicator (120).

“Our purpose and focus are to achieve world standard excellence and deliver the benefit of that to the regions we serve through our work in education and research. This is a journey that unfolds over many years so to see some affirmation of our approach through a continued rise in our global ranking is pleasing,” Professor Tyrone Carlin, Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University, said.

“We are blessed with an incredibly talented and dedicated group of colleagues. As we work together on building highly distinctive educational programs and research that delivers positive impact, it is very motivating to see the ongoing growth of our global reputation.”

Earlier this year, Southern Cross University maintained its global standing for Agriculture and Forestry in the 2022 QS WUR by Subject evaluation. The University’s Agriculture and Forestry subject area ranked in the 301-350 band.

“Rankings are an important indicator of our reputation internationally, and research metrics are critical to achieving success in the rankings,” said Professor Mary Spongberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

“This improvement not only reflects the quality of our researchers, who have continued to produce excellent results in spite of the many challenges that have been posed in recent times, but also the growing sense that our strategy to make research everybody’s business at Southern Cross is bearing fruit.”

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