University of Newcastle improves in University Rankings

The University of Newcastle has risen 33 places in the CWUR World University Rankings, but has slipped in performance when compared to other Australian institutions.

The CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) list for 2018-2019 released this week is topped by Harvard University, followed by Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

The University of Newcastle (UON) is ranked 425 out of the world’s top 1000, up from 458 in 2017 and 472 in 2016.

However its position among 25 Australian universities on the list has fallen to 17th, down from 11th last year and in 2016.

The CWUR, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, publishes the only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, research output, and citations without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

The methodology was changed this year and research now accounts for 70 per cent of each university’s score.

UON’s score is 74.6, up from 43.31 last year and 45.03 in 2016.

A UON spokeswoman said the institution “actively participates in a number of credible and prestigious world university ranking processes, most notably QS and Times Higher Education, by providing its data for review and assessment; and we are extremely proud of our global standing among the world’s best universities”.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, perhaps the globe’s most prestigious, shows UON as between 251 and 300 this year, down from 201 to 250 in 2017 but on par with its 2016 performance.

UON’s QS World University Ranking in 2018 was 224, up from 245 in 2017 and 256 in 2016. The QS World University Rankings by Subject showed it performed in the top 200 in the world in 15 different subject areas.

A recent student survey funded by the government and published on the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website found 77.4 per cent of UON students rated the quality of their entire educational experience as positive, compared to the national average of 78.5 per cent.

In The Good Universities Guide 2018, UON received a five-star rating for overall experience, learning resources, student retention and social equity.

CWUR’s president Nadim Mahassen said Australian universities needed more government spending on scientific research to compete globally.

To see how other universities performed in the 2018 Good Universities Guide Ratings, visit


This article originally appeared in the Newcastle Herald – University of Newcastle improves in CWUR World University Rankings

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