12 September 2019Share
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has entered the 351–400 band on THE World University Rankings 2020, putting it in the top two per cent of all universities worldwide.*
This is the University’s third yearly improvement since joining the rankings in the 601–800 band in 2016.
ACU’s rapidly growing reputation is in line with its steady expansion and a focus on advancing its research profile.
As one of the fastest growing universities in Australia, ACU has experienced the second largest increase of domestic undergraduate students in the country, nearly doubling its student population between 2009 and 2018.
At the same time, the University committed to building a research program aligned with its areas of strategic priority – education, health, and theology and philosophy – all of which support an overarching commitment to social justice and the common good.
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven said it had been rewarding to see the success of the University as it had grown from a small amalgamation of colleges to become an esteemed institution for learning, teaching and research.
“This endorsement from Times Higher Education demonstrates ACU’s renown as an emerging Australian success, and as one of most significant Catholic universities in the world: a leader in its research specialisations and known for quality in teaching, learning, research and institutional performance.”
“Not only is ACU producing credible and meaningful research, but there is tangible evidence of what a powerful impact this research has on areas of genuine importance and need.”
In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, ACU ranked first or equal first for 10 fields of research in Australia, and the University performed strongly in the Australian Research Council’s inaugural 2018 Engagement and Impact index.
ACU’s rise to prominence includes THE recognition for the following:
Times Higher Education (THE) has conducted rankings for 16 years. The THE rankings compares 1,396 institutions from 92 countries, drawing on data points on over 1,800 of the world’s leading research universities and more than 21,000 academic reputation survey responses. The survey analyses 12.8 million research publications and 77.4 million citations over five years, based on bibliometric data from Elsevier.
For further details about ACU’s reputation and rankings, visit acu.edu.au.* Percentage calculated as ACU’s world rank as a proportion of the total number of universities in the world: International Handbook of Universities 2019, Palgrave MacMillan