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How USC has climbed up the world university rankings

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How USC has climbed up the world university rankings


USC was a small community university and now it's a significant presence on the global stage

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The University of the Sunshine Coast has built a reputation as a world-class educational institution, highlighted by its promotion on the world university rankings.

USC moved up from No.681 to No.668 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, among 2112 eligible universities.

It’s the first time since USC entered the scheme in 2016 that it is ranked in the top third of universities.

The Times Higher Education website explains that its rankings use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the definitive list of the world’s best universities.

“It is the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer) and international outlook (staff, students and research),” it says.

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USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett. Picture: Lou O’Brien.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett said USC achieved improvements across all its ranking scores for teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook over the past year.

“USC has held its relative position while the number of universities considered in this ranking scheme has more than doubled since 2018,” she said.

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“In a very short time, USC has gone from being a small university that was serving its local community to one that has a presence on the global stage as a genuine international university.”

USC was established in 1994, and its main campus is at Sippy Downs.

Professor Bartlett said USC’s objective in joining the ranking scheme was to focus its teaching, research and engagement efforts towards becoming a university of world standing.

“It has focused our attention on how to develop excellence in all that we do,” she said.

With institutional data from 2019 and publication data from 2016-2020 used for this year’s rankings, USC believes its recent achievements (including placing 26th in THE’s Impact Rankings for 2021) will continue to have a positive role on its reputation and will develop stronger global partnerships.



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