Steep rise in ‘new uni’ survey results

La Trobe University has been ranked 75th among the world's top modern universities in the latest Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Rankings.

The global results ranking universities under 50 years old were released today. They show La Trobe University has jumped 25 places from last year, reversing a three-year trend.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, said the fantastic outcome was good news for students, the community and research partners, and reflected a significant increase in research, citations and teaching quality. It is also based on factors such as international staff, students and research income.

'La Trobe is a great University, making a strong contribution to teaching, research and community engagement, and these results prove it,' Professor Dewar said.  

The latest results, he added, complete an excellent ratings trifecta for the University this year.

They come on top of yesterday's QS Ranking by Subject, which placed La Trobe among the world's top 100 elite institutions in more than a third of the areas assessed.

In these, La Trobe also ranked 6th nationally for history, 7th for sociology and 9th for communication and media studies.

They were preceded by the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, which also placed La Trobe in the top 100 universities in arts and humanities, at number 99.

While rankings vary from year to year, Professor Dewar said successive results were important benchmarks, demonstrating how well universities served their communities.

'La Trobe aims to be among the best universities in the world in a number of key areas to help deal with the important social and environmental challenges of our time.

'With more than 167,000 of our graduates working in many parts of the world, our continuing mission is to be passionate about excellence, to challenge accepted thinking, encourage creativity and a strong social conscience, while also ensuring we provide opportunity to students of all ages, from all walks of life and all parts of Victoria,' he said.

Media Contact: Ernest Raetz 03 9479 2315 / 0412 261 919

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