La Trobe climbs young gun rankings

La Trobe University has again climbed the world rankings of the top universities aged less than 50 years old.

The University has been ranked at number 58 in the world in the latest 2016 Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 ranking of the world's best young universities.

It's been a rapid climb of 42 places for the University in this ranking in the last two years. This year's result is a jump of 17 places in 2015 when it ranked 75th, which in turn was up 25 from a 100 ranking in 2014.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Nugent said the result was further proof of the University's excellence and impact.

"La Trobe University staff are working across traditional discipline boundaries to find solutions to a myriad of challenges across the world. We are making a real difference to people and to communities, and this ranking is testament to that," Professor Nugent said.

Today's result comes after a recent lift in two other rankings.

In March 2016 La Trobe University was ranked alongside the world's elite Universities in more than one third of subjects assessed in the latest QS World University Rankings. The number of subjects in which La Trobe was ranked by QS amongst the world's best went up by more than 20 per cent from last year.

The University features in the top 100 global universities in Archaeology (ranked 6th nationally), History (7th nationally), Nursing (14th nationally), and Sociology (7th nationally).

A further eight La Trobe subjects make the world's top 200 QS list. They are Linguistics, Philosophy, Agriculture and Forestry, Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Education and Politics and International Studies.

The University placed three more subjects in the top 300: English Language and Literature, Biological Sciences, and Economics and Econometrics.

Also, in December 2015 La Trobe University was rated among the top three universities in Victoria – and the top ten in Australia – in the latest Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report.

The University strongly improved its performance, achieving top rank – a classification described as 'well above world standard' – in three broad discipline groups: Agricultural, Biological and Physical Sciences.

La Trobe maintained its 'well above world standard' research excellence in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology and Veterinary Sciences.

The same applied to areas such as Human Movement and Sports Science, Nursing, Medical and Health Sciences, and Archaeology.

La Trobe's emerging strength in Statistics, Neurosciences, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics, Ecology and Physiology, were rated 'well above world standard' for the first time ­– as was Plant Biology, Zoology, Animal Production, Crop and Pasture Production, Nutrition and Dietetics.

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