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University of Southern Queensland named in the Top 500 world rankings

A strengthened focus on top-tier research and outcomes has resulted in the University of Southern Queensland being ranked in the Top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Southern Queensland has shown it might be young but can mix it with top Universities around the world in the latest international standings.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the leap to the Top 500 band was a result of the University’s outstanding research efforts.

“At the University of Southern Queensland we pride ourselves on being relevant and versatile, striving for teaching excellence and world-changing research outcomes,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“We are focused on making a difference to the communities we live in, by solving the problems that matter.

“We don’t chase accolades like this - our priorities are launching our students into successful careers and supporting our communities – but these rankings are a very gratifying reminder of the difference we are making.”

Professor Mackenzie said the range of impactful research - from discovering exoplanets to increasing farmers’ yields, from climate planning to community health incentives - was what set the University apart.

“Our world-class research is a catalyst for industry growth, community prosperity and wellbeing,” she said.

“Researchers are servicing industry needs in a number of key flagship areas including agriculture, health, space and defence and regional development.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global performance tables that judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The international outlook pillar was an area of strong improvement with the University of Southern Queensland now ranked 214th in this area. 

The other key areas of growth for the University included a significant increase in research citations and improvements in research.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the leap to the Top 500 band was a result of the University’s outstanding research efforts.