University holds firm in the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’

The University of South Australia ranked yet again in the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age in the recent QS listing. 

The ranking is based on the highest performing young institutions in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings and takes into consideration the university’s international reputation, research citations and international diversity of students and staff.

It is the third time QS has published the ‘Top 50 Under 50’ list which aims to showcase newer universities and highlight the impact they are making in global rankings.

The University of South Australia’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, says he is pleased to see that the University has retained its place in what is an increasingly dynamic list. He says competition to stay in this elite group is increasing with a rise in the strength of young institutions from Asia and around the world.

“It is good to see Australia’s young universities are rating well, with eight universities making it into the group,” Prof Lloyd says.

“At just 23 years old, our aim is to consolidate and improve our standing.

“The University’s strategic action plan, Crossing the Horizon, will support stronger partnerships and relationships across our communities locally and globally, improving recognition of the University and stronger engagement with our researchers and graduates.”

Malaysian student Jerad Tan Chee Wan has valued the opportunity for community engagement during his Bachelor of Management (Marketing) degree. The University’s innovative Global Experience (GE) program has also provided him with the capacity for personal and professional growth.

“When I enrolled into GE at the University of South Australia, the course matured me and extended my exposure to global understanding. The learning environment changed my perspective toward community engagement.”

Jerad also enjoyed the experience of working with fellow students to collaborate and support global communities.

“As part of my participation in GE, I worked with other students to organise a fundraising event for WellWishers, an organization building hand-dug wells in Ethiopia. During the dinner itself we managed to raise AUD $6,000 for a well for one of the villages. It was amazing to collaborate with one community to help another community.”

The University is known as a progressive international university supporting a vibrant student community from around the world. Its strategic direction is recognised and valued by students.

Sri Lankan student Prabath Wijesinghe, currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering at the University, carefully researched his options and was happy with what he discovered about the University’s progressive direction.

“It’s a university with potential to grow and the progress in the past few years has shown this. It also has a good electrical engineering school that has produced many successful graduates. The University also offers great opportunities from scholarships to first hand work experiences and internships.”