27 June 2023

UOW celebrates highest-ever ranking among world's top universities

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Welcome sign at front of the University of Wollongong.

The University of Wollongong is among the top universities in the world, according to the latest World University Rankings. Photo: UOW.

The University of Wollongong is building on its worldwide reputation with its highest-ever performance in the QS World University Rankings.

The ranking places UOW at 162nd in the world and 12th in Australia.

UOW Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Patricia Davidson said the result was UOW’s highest-ever global ranking and an improvement of 23 places on the last year’s ranking.

“We are thrilled with this outstanding global ranking, which is a testament to the unwavering dedication and exceptional talent within the UOW community,” Prof Davidson said.

“This result is another example of UOW cementing its position in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide, while recognising our role as an anchor institution in communities across NSW and the globe.”

“This achievement further affirms our commitment to fostering excellence in research, sustainability, and international collaboration. We will continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, nurture a culture of innovation, and empower our students to become global leaders.”

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Prof Davidson said one of the highlights was in the research citations per faculty category, where UOW ranked 60th globally. She said UOW’s dedication to producing impactful research in these fields has garnered international recognition and solidified its position as a leading research institution.

The impressive results come only days after the uni received a thumbs up from its student body in the latest national survey of higher education performances.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2022 Student Experience Survey results placed UOW 13th out of 42 Australian universities for undergraduate students’ overall satisfaction with their educational experience. The overall satisfaction rate increased from the 2021 level of 70.1 per cent to 78.2 per cent this year.

It was the second-highest ranked public university in NSW among undergraduate students.

The survey provides insights into the quality and effectiveness of Australian universities’ teaching and learning environments by looking at five focus areas – skills development, learner engagement, teaching quality, student support and learning resources.

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic and Student Life) Professor Theo Farrell said the results highlighted UOW’s dedication to providing an exceptional student experience and its ongoing efforts to enhance educational quality across all disciplines.

“The results solidify UOW’s position as a leading institution both in the state and Australia-wide,” he said.

“I am delighted to see UOW return to our pre-COVID position as one of the top-ranked public universities in NSW for student satisfaction.

“These results reflect a huge team effort across the whole university to enhance student support, and the learning resources and experiences we provide at UOW. Our close partnership with students has been key to this success.”

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Among undergraduate students, UOW was above the national average across all indicators. Its results for learner engagement were 8 per cent above the national average (up from 4 per cent below the average in the previous survey), while other results remained between 2.4 and 3.5 per cent above the sector’s average.

The university also retained its second position in NSW for undergraduate skills development and achieved third place state-wide for undergraduate teaching quality.

It maintained high ranks in various disciplines, including undergraduate law and paralegal studies (2nd nationally), undergraduate creative arts (1st in NSW), undergraduate teacher education (1st in NSW), undergraduate engineering (2nd in NSW) and undergraduate communications (3rd in NSW).

In the 2022 Student Experience Survey results for the postgraduate cohort, UOW performed above the sector average in learner engagement, learning resources and student support.

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