University of Wollongong received a top rating in 23 research areas in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report announced today.

The report assessed 42 Australian institutions and over 76,000 researchers, naming UOW one of the top research universities in Australia.

The university performed exceptionally well across all the sciences, with chemical science receiving the top rating.

One of the most recent university research project successes is the 3D bio-printer that uses stem cells to replicate human ears for reconstructive surgery.

Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is the first New South Wales hospital to start clinical application with the printer on-site.

The 3D printing technology has come a long way from the first commercial 3D printer brought out in 2009 to the advanced reconstructive surgery it is doing today.

Researchers hope that this technology will bring them a step closer to revolutionising complex medical procedures for children with hearing problems.