ACU surges ahead in research output

Thursday, 22 April 2010

21 April 2010: Australian Catholic University (ACU) has recorded one of the fastest growths in research publications, at more than 14 per cent a year over the period 2004-2008.

Analysis by the University of Melbourne's Professor Ross Williams shows that newer and technology-focused universities have begun to take research publication numbers away from the sandstone universities – whose research papers output has fallen by almost 2 per cent.

In his article for Australian Universities Review, Professor Williams said in the five years to 2008, the pre-Dawkins universities increased their annual publications by about 40 per cent, while the increase for post-Dawkins universities was 65 per cent.

“The abolition of the binary divide in higher education in Australia is now two decades old,” he wrote. “Institutions have now had time to adjust to new mission statements and financial incentives.

“In the 1990s the former colleges of advanced education were still adapting to the new requirements, especially in research and research training.”

Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor at ACU, said the rapid surge in research output was only the beginning for the University.

“Australian Catholic University is investing heavily to ensure we create a specialised, growing and well-regarded research environment,” he said.

“In pursuing this goal, we are building research capacity in areas that are strongly aligned with the University’s unique identity and Mission, and which further the common good.

“With campuses and partnerships around Australia and overseas, ACU is pursuing knowledge and solutions from a global perspective.”