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Rankings deliver a cold shower for University of Newcastle

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The University of Newcastle has slipped for the third consecutive year in the prestigious Times Higher Education global rankings.
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The university is now ranked in the 301 to 350 band after falling out of the 251 to 300 band. In 217 the institution sat in the 201-250 band.

Victoria University and LaTrobe university are the other n universities that sit in the same band.

Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong are ranked in the 201-250 band while Western Sydney University was ranked in the 351 to 400 band.

The overall rankings reflect the number of students at a university, student to staff ratios, male to female ratios and the number of international students.

They also take into account teaching, research, citations, industry incomes and proportion of international students.

The University of Newcastle was among a number of n universities that lost ground in this year’s rankings. The rankings’ authorswarned that ’stertiary institutions faced being overtaken unless there was more investment inuniversities and research facilities.

A University of Newcastle spokeswoman said theTimes Higher EducationWorld University Rankings was one of many benchmarks of sector and institutional performance.

“Just a few months ago, for example, we were placed 214 in the QS World University Rankings – up 10 places since last year, and an impressive 84 places since 2014,” she said.

She fluctuations in performance were to be expected from year to year.

“In this year’sTimes Higher Educationrankings,our relative performance across Teaching, Research and Citations is generally stable, and we’ve performed particularly well in the Industry Engagement and International Outlook categories, outperforming the likes of Harvard University. This is demonstrable of our concerted efforts to collaborate with, and contribute to, our local and international communities,” she said.

“In a highly competitive sector with more than 10,000 universities worldwide, for the University of Newcastle to be ranked as one of the top 350 globally is indicative of the world-class research and teaching that we deliver daily.”

The Herald reported this week thatthe University of Newcastle has gained top marks in two categories inthe2019 Good Universities Guide. The guideplaced Newcastle in the top twenty per cent of n universities for overall student experience and social equity.

More than a quarter ofthe university’s undergraduate studentswerefrom disadvantagedbackgrounds, earning it a fourth placein the guide’s‘socialequity’ ranking in , first in NSW.

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University of Newcastle ranks highly in social equity ratingUniversity of Newcastle rises 10 places in 2019 QS World University RankingsThe University of Melbourneremains ‘s highest-placed universityat equal 32nd, according to the 2019 world university rankings, released on Wednesday. It was followed by the n National University, which slipped one spot to 49th.

Sydney (59th), Queensland (69th), Monash (84th) and NSW (96th) round out the list of n universities in the top 100.

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