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Murdoch University debuts at 57 in top 100 universities under 50


After submitting data for the first time to The Times Higher Education 100 universities under 50, Murdoch University debuted with a ranking of 57. The rankings are a global list of universities under established in the last 50 years, providing a showcase of rising stars showing great potential. The 100 Under 50 analysis employs the same 13 indicators as the World University Rankings, with the methodology carefully re-calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.

Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott said the result was a testament to the extraordinary work the University was undertaking to revitalise its research and teaching. “Being ranked 57 in THE 100 Under 50 rankings confirms Murdoch University’s international standing” he said. “Today’s announcement comes on the back of our listing in the Top 400 of the Times Higher Education’s overall World University Rankings in 2012.”

“The world of higher education is truly global and we need to evolve to meet this new reality. “We are committed to enhancing the international reputation of the University through both quality teaching and research excellence, and this ranking is proof that we are well on our way to achieving this.”

“This is also good news for Western Australia. Murdoch is one of two WA universities to feature in the 100 Under 50 rankings in 2013, with Curtin University ranked at 87. This is a positive result for education in WA particularly considering the importance of university rankings for international students and their families.” The University of Tsukuba was the only Japanese university in the list, ranking 49th.

Rankings Editor Phil Baty said: “Murdoch has joined a prestigious list of some truly exciting and dynamic institutions. To feature in such a list against such tough global competition is a great achievement.”

In other news, Edith Cowan University was named in the top 200 worldwide communications & media and education programs, according to a global university rankings list. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2013, ECU was listed for education and training, as well as communications and media.

ECU’s education programs also appeared in the top 200 in 2012, but this is the first time for communications. The rankings are based on four measures: citations data, academic opinion, employer opinion and the H-index (a measure of the productivity and impact of published work). Launched in 2011, the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to a range of popular subject areas.

For more information, see: Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Top Universities