THE University of Newcastle has for the first time made the top 250 in the world's most prestigious university rankings list.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, published on Thursday, is an international league table listing the world’s top 980 universities, as judged on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
Newcastle falls between 201-250th, up from 251-300th in 2016 and 251-275th in 2015 and 2014.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said the result showed the university was a “world class institution on an upward trajectory”.
“These outstanding results are a reflection of our continued commitment to excellence in education, research and innovation,” Professor McMillen said. “We are proud to be recognised as a global research-intensive university distinguished by our commitment to equity and excellence and to creating a better future for our regions through a focus on innovation and impact.”
This year’s list is led by the University of Oxford – the first time a UK university has held the top spot in the 12 year history of the table – followed by the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Australia took out 23 places in the world’s top 400 universities, including six in the top 100.
The University of Melbourne was the highest ranking institute in the country. Newcastle was ninth.
Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings Phil Baty told Fairfax Media that Australia's success could not be guaranteed while more of Asia's leading universities join the top of the list. “Australia will have to watch out for Asia’s continuing ascent. The higher education superpower has two new entries in the top 100 and a further four institutions joining the top 200,” he said.
The list is released in the same month Newcastle ranked in the top 250 in the QS World University Rankings, also for the first time.