Murdoch named in top 100 international universities

February 12, 2015

THEMurdoch University has been announced as one of the top 100 international universities according to the latest rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart, said this ranking was a welcome endorsement of the University’s vision of being a globally-connected, research-led institution.

“Murdoch will continue to strive to reach our goal of being a research-intensive university and a place of excellence that offers an outstanding learning and teaching experience for all students.

Professor Taggart said in order to succeed universities must not only focus on the domestic market but have an international outlook as well.

“Having an international perspective is not just about attracting international students, but attracting internationally competitive academic staff and highly skilled professional staff from a global market,” Professor Taggart said.

“It is also about attracting international research collaboration and cooperation. Research projects in India, Indonesia and China are progressing well.”

To be considered in the rankings, a university must also be ranked in the top 400 universities in the world.  THE ranks universities globally based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators.  One of those indicators is ‘international outlook’ which forms the basis for selecting the top 100 international universities.

International outlook is determined by the number of research collaborations with international colleagues, the ratio of international students to domestic students, the ratio of international to domestic staff and the number of research publications that have at least one international co-author.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development, Professor David Morrison, said Murdoch as a 40-year-old university is well positioned internationally.

“Murdoch’s strong international operations in Singapore and Dubai and the international qualifications of our research academics add to the rankings performance,” Professor Morrison said.

14 Australian universities were listed in the top 100 international university rankings. Murdoch is also listed in the top 100 universities under the age of 50 years by THE.

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