University of Wollongong’s standing has improved in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) list while rankings of Australian universities in general experience a significant decline.

Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Wollongong’s ranking has risen from the group of 251-300 in 2023 to the group of 201-250 in 2024. The UOW’s standing is in the same group as Swinburne University of Technology, University of Newcastle, and Curtin University, and higher than Deakin University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, RMIT University, and University of Tasmania.

According to the University of Wollongong Australia, this success is attributed to remarkable advancements in areas like teaching (up by 15%), research quality (up by 54.9%), and industry collaborations (up by 64.5%). Moreover, UOW has elevated its overall scores and now shares the 12th spot nationally.

UOW Vice-Chancellor and President (acting), Professor Theo Farrell was pleased with the university’s impressive achievement in the global rankings.

“Securing a place in the top 250 of the THE World University Rankings is a testament to the dedication and excellence of our students, faculty, and staff. It reflects our consistent commitment to delivering high-quality education and research that makes a difference globally,” Professor Farrell said.

“The University has a long-standing reputation for encouraging a dynamic learning environment, and conducting ground-breaking research across various disciplines. This ranking is a testament to UOW’s ongoing commitment to providing world-class education and contributing meaningfully to society through research and teaching.

“The THE World University Rankings are highly influential, and UOW’s achievement is a testament to its ongoing commitment to providing outstanding educational experiences and pushing the boundaries of research and innovation.”

“UOW is excited to continue building upon this achievement and making a meaningful impact on the global academic and research landscape.”

While the University of Wollongong’s standing improves its ranking in THE, general Australian universities have witnessed drops in their positions in the World University Rankings.

According to THE CONVERSATION, the leading institution in Australia, the University of Melbourne, experienced a slight drop in its ranking, moving from 34 to 37. Likewise, several other domestic universities saw declines in their standings. For instance, the University of Sydney fell six places to 60, while the Australian National University dropped five places to 67.

Talking to The Guardian, Phil Baty, THE’s chief global affairs officer said that the strict lockdowns in Australia and New Zealand had impacted greatly on the performances of universities.

“While Australia continues to boast many of the world’s very best universities, the data from this year’s World University Rankings provide serious warning signs,” he said.

“While Australia is one of the world’s leading university sectors for attracting international talent and collaboration, the relative isolation of the country during the pandemic is showing up in the data, to detrimental effect on universities’ ranking positions.”

In conversation with THE AGE, University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said it was vital to notice the different methodologies employed in calculating university rankings.

“Changes to these methods which often increase or reduce the weighting applied to specific indicators can have a positive or negative effect on rankings.”

Cre: ABC Illawarra: Tim Fernandez