Agriculture and forestry at Murdoch among the world's best

May 9, 2013

Murdoch University’s Agriculture and Forestry programs have been formally recognised as among the best in the world, according to the latest round of university rankings.

The QS World University Rankings By Subject compared over 8,300 programs across nearly 3,000 universities. Only 678 institutions globally made the list, with Murdoch University ranked in the top 200 for the Agriculture and Forestry discipline.

Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said it was the latest in a string of achievements, including a top 400 listing in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Murdoch University was one of only two Western Australian universities to make this prestigious list.

“Rankings are only one indicator of our performance as a university, though it is encouraging to be recognised in this way,” Professor Higgott said.

“It is an indication that we are on the right track, as we continue to build on our reputation as a world-class, research-led university.”

A recent Australian Government audit of research excellence further confirmed the University’s strength in this area, with work across crop and pasture, agricultural biotechnology, animal production and genetics all rated as being of world-class standard or higher.

To calculate the rankings, the QS Intelligence Unit considered 68 million citations and used data from academic and employer reputation surveys.

The third edition of the QS World University Rankings By Subject is available online.

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