ACU remains one of the top 2% of universities worldwide

A steady and continuous improvement in Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) research standings ensures that it continues to be one of the top two universities in the world.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, published on Thursday 2 September, reveal that ACU has maintained its position among the top two per cent of universities worldwide.

ACU’s overall position has improved consistently since entering the rankings six years ago. One of the key metrics is a measure of the impact or quality of ACU’s publications and researchers, assessed through the number of times a publication is cited by other works. ACU scored 94.9 out of a possible maximum score of 100.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Engagement Professor James McLaren said the ranking was a result of ACU’s strategic and sustained approach to research excellence and a mark of its resilience in the face of numerous challenges.

“The trajectory in citations is testimony to the commitment of the staff to engage in high-quality research across the various fields of study at ACU,” he said. 

During 2020, ACU created seven new research centres to enhance ACU’s mission and its reputation in the arts, education, health, and theology and philosophy.

Three centres are affiliated with the newly formed Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, and four centres are advancing research in our priority areas. These new centres, along with others still under consideration and development, are building an academic culture consistent with our strategy for impact through research excellence, producing high-quality research that contributes to ACU’s international and national reputation.

Full details of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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