International success in latest higher education rankings

UOW researchers crucial in University’s rise to position 238 in world

The University of Wollongong (UOW) improved its rank and score in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings announced on Thursday morning.

UOW rose an estimated five positions from 243 in 2019 to 238 in 2020, continuing on its ascension path laid in recent years.

THE rankings measures universities on their teaching, research income and reputation, citations, international outlook, and knowledge transfer to industry.

In a year, UOW’s overall score lifted from 50 to 50.5, following a better performance in research, industry income and international outlook indicators.

UOW researchers were integral to the University’s success in the 2020 rankings, as the research indicator has the greatest bearing on a university’s overall score.

UOW Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jenny Martin said UOW had increased its standing thanks to the hard work of academics and staff.

“We’re proud to see the University of Wollongong again climb in international rankings,” Professor Martin said.

“These results are the fruits of the continuing commitment of UOW staff, and I want to acknowledge their hard work.

“Our researchers continue to lead the way in producing quality, impactful research that leads to positive economic and social outcomes.

“The high quality research taking place, both independently and in collaboration with partner institutions around the world, is strengthening our academic reputation.”

The University’s formidable result comes in a competitive environment, both nationally and further afield.

Nearly two thirds of Australian universities rose in the 2020 THE World University rankings.

As the Australian university sector improved markedly, UOW moved from equal 11th to equal 12th in Australia.