Swinburne confirms top 50 spot for young universities

Swinburne has confirmed its place in the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old, rising twelve places in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

Swinburne was recognised at number 50 out of more than 400 global institutions.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Virginia Kilborn said the result was a testament to the hard work of all Swinburne staff over many years.

‘Swinburne is a young university with a proud history of excellence in research, teaching, innovation and industry engagement,’ Professor Kilborn said.

‘This recognition confirms the strong global reputation that Swinburne continues to build among students who want the best credentials you can have in a tech-led world, and in the international research community as we bring people and technology together to build a better world.’

THE rankings consider teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, with weightings recalibrated from the THE World University Rankings to emphasise research productivity, staff-student ratios and doctoral education.

Swinburne is also ranked in the top 50 young universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, placing number 45.

The announcement follows a highly successful period for Swinburne’s international reputation, with the university rising more than 100 places in the last two years in the THE World University Rankings.

Bringing people and technology together

Swinburne research continues to be at the cutting edge of global innovation. Some recent research highlights include:

  • Our newly-launched Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) bringing together the best of Victoria’s aerospace research, design and manufacturing leaders with the support of $12 million in funding from the Victorian Government.
  • The Swinburne Space Technology and Industry Institute celebrated one year of operation, with a list of achievements ranging from helping spot bushfires from space to witnessing a neutron star collide with a black hole.
  • One of Australia’s most powerful supercomputers is getting a major upgrade, with Swinburne designing and installing a new space-focused machine with the support of $5.2 million in Victorian Government funding.
  • Thirteen Swinburne academics across 15 disciplines were named on the Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list from Clarivate.
  • Nine Swinburne academics have received $4.4 million in competitive government funding for ARC Discovery projects, with another $1.5 million awarded in industry-supported ARC Linkage project funds.

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