Image: UQ ranked highly in several subjects in the new world rankings, including several run from the Gatton campus.
Image: UQ ranked highly in several subjects in the new world rankings, including several run from the Gatton campus.
29 April 2015

The University of Queensland has cemented its position as a global top 100 university, performing strongly in a league table of subjects released today (29 April).

The University has 19 subjects ranked among the top-50 worldwide in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and three subjects in the top 20.

QS evaluated more than 3000 universities and ranked the 854 that met its strict criteria.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s strong position reflected the outstanding teaching and staff at the University.

“In line with top 10 placings in other global rankings, UQ has placed 11th in the global rankings and is the top in Australia in Environmental Sciences, an area that teaches the next generation how to tackle the world’s environmental challenges in practical ways,” he said.

“This is a great achievement in a globally-relevant field.

“UQ continues to be a world leader in Agriculture & Forestry, moving from 18th position in 2014 to 15th position this year.

“Additionally, UQ ranked 22nd for Veterinary Science, a subject newly recognised by the QS rankings.”

“These two courses are run from our Gatton campus, and their high ranking reflects the excellent hands-on experience and world-class facilities on offer.”

The University also performed strongly in Psychology, placing 18th in the rankings.

Changes to the QS World University Rankings by Subject methodology has been a factor in Australian university’s downward trend in this ranking, however UQ continues to perform strongly with UQ ranked in the top 100 for 31 of the 36 subjects QS evaluates.

“Notwithstanding changes to QS methodology, UQ continues to perform strongly in these rankings,” Professor Høj said.

“Nevertheless, any decline of Australian universities is a worrying trend.

“Australia must have a national, non-political debate that considers the way both tuition and research are funded in the long term.

“If we fail to arrive at a durable solution, we will struggle to hold our ground in rankings and risk being overtaken by international competitors.

“Not only would this put pressure on Australia’s ability to attract the best and brightest from overseas, but it would dampen the aspirations of hardworking and talented Australian students who deserve an education at a top-100 ranked university to launch global careers and optimise their personal and professional success.”

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