La Trobe kicks goals in QS rankings

La Trobe University has been confirmed as world-leading in the 2019 QS World University subject rankings.

For the first time, La Trobe has ranked in the world’s top 50 for Sports-related subjects, placing 39th in the world and second in Victoria.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said this outstanding ranking for sport reflects La Trobe’s world-leading reputation for research and teaching of sports-related subjects.

“La Trobe is proven to be a sports destination of choice for researchers, students and the wider community,” Professor Dewar said.

“We attract the best talent to lead pioneering research in areas such as sports and exercise science, sport medicine, sports analytics, sports management and sports nutrition.

“Our students are attracted to our wide-ranging sports degree programs, which include internship and work placement opportunities with our high-profile partners including Melbourne City FC, Carlton Football Club and the Melbourne Rebels.

“And the icing on the cake is our brand new, $150 million Sports Park, a key component of our $5 billion University City of the Future plan.

“As the Sports Park develops over the next decade, it will offer a significant sporting hub for the community, students and staff, including exceptional research and teaching spaces for sports courses.”

Four subjects ranked in the top 100 (including Sport), up from two in 2018. Philosophy entered the top 100 for the first time, ranking third in Victoria, with Archaeology (ranked second in Victoria) and Nursing also in the top 100 band.

The University has five subjects in the 101 to 200 band. Politics and International Studies entered the top 200 with other subjects in the band as: Sociology (ranked third in Victoria), Psychology, Accounting and Finance and Education.

There are seven subjects in the 201 to 300 band. Pharmacy and Pharmacology entered the top 300 for the first time. The other six subjects are: English Language and Literature (third in Victoria), Linguistics (third in Victoria), Agriculture and Forestry (second in Victoria), Economics and Econometrics, Law and Biological Sciences (ranked third in Victoria).

Two subjects – Mathematics and Business and Management Studies – are in the 301-400 band. Computer Science and Information Systems rank in the 401-500 band, and Chemistry ranks in the 501-600 band.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar congratulated La Trobe staff on this achievement.

“Once again La Trobe has been confirmed as a world-leading University,” Professor Dewar said.

"This is testament to our exceptional research and teaching and our strong industry partnerships across a wide spectrum of subjects – from Nursing and Sport, to Philosophy, Politics and Education.

“Most importantly, our innovative degree programs enable our students to have the best experience possible throughout their degrees, opening the door to successful careers when they graduate.”

About the QS World University Subject rankings

1,222 global higher education institutions are considered across all subject areas in these rankings.

As in 2018, La Trobe ranked in 20 subjects of the survey’s 48 subject areas.

La Trobe University is ranked in the world’s top 400 universities by all three major independent ranking agencies: the Times Higher Education World University rankings, the QS World University rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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