Research excellence recognised

January 31, 2011

Murdoch University has had its status as a world class research university confirmed by the results of an initiative which aims to assess the quality of research in all Australian universities.

Two-thirds of the Murdoch research assessed by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) was rated as world standard or above.

Eight fields in areas vital to the Western Australian economy (minerals, agriculture and medical sciences) were ranked as well above or above world standard:

  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Animal Production
  • Crop and Pasture Production
  • Fisheries Science

Murdoch also performed well in Communication and Media Studies, Political Science, Tourism, Specialist Studies in Education, Veterinary Sciences and Zoology, which all rated at or above world and/or Australian benchmarks. 

Vice Chancellor Professor John Yovich said: “These results confirm Murdoch’s reputation as a research intensive, world class university. 

“The results demonstrate that Murdoch’s strengths are wide-ranging across the university and reflect many of our well-established and emerging strengths. 

“They are also evidence of the success of our focussed Research Institutes, which are headed by leaders in their respective fields and bring together some of Australia’s finest researchers. 

“We are proud that we are able to produce such exceptional research results in areas which have a real impact on issues facing Western Australia, the nation and the global community. 

“For example, we are rightly recognised around the world for our groundbreaking work in areas such as the production of drought-resistant wheat, the development of personalised medicine, hydrometallurgy and estuarine ecologies. 

“There are many other areas in which we excel, and we are pleased these have been recognised by the Australian Research Council through the ERA. 

“These results will provide an outstanding resource to feed the University’s strategic planning processes.” 

Excellence in Research for Australia is a Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research initiative developed and implemented by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The ARC has assessed research quality within Australia’s higher education institutions using a combination of indicator and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.

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