Murdoch on track to success

October 18, 2012

When Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott joined Murdoch last year he had a vision to enhance the University’s reputation in research and teaching, a vision that seems to be coming to fruition.

Murdoch was recently listed as one of only two Western Australian Universities in the Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Editor of the World University Rankings, Phil Baty, said that the universities listed in the 2012-2013 Rankings represented just two per cent of the world's higher education institutions.

“To have joined this global elite group is an extraordinary achievement, especially as competition for the top places is intensifying each year, with huge investment in higher education in many Asian countries.”

Professor Higgott said Murdoch’s ranking of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education rankings represented more positive news following on from Murdoch’s improvement in the QS World University’s World Rankings where it was placed in the top five per cent of universities globally.

“While we must keep a sense of perspective on the rankings they are one indicator of quality and reputation and confirm that Murdoch is a good University and, with the implementation of our strategic plan, we can continue to improve in future years,” Professor Higgott said.

“But there is still much work to be done.  There is a renewed focus on research and an international outlook and we expect our new graduate school – the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, which opens in 2013, to be an important addition to what we can offer students and academics from around the world.

“We are a comparatively small university but we have strength in many areas and significant prospects for future development.”

“Our strategic plan puts research and internationalisation at the heart of everything we do.  It will guide our future direction as we work towards our core goals of enhancing and advancing the quality and reputation of the University in coming decades.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses a set of 13 performance indicators to judge universities across all their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.  Only 19 Australian universities were listed in the rankings this year.

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