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Young university seizes last chance to break into top 50


AN AUSTRALIAN university has broken into the top 50 of the Times Higher Education rankings for universities under 50 years old at its final opportunity.

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Flinders University, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has been ranked 46 in the world and sixth among the 19 Australian universities on the list.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said being named among the Top 50 of the world’s best young universities reflected the South Australian institution's commitment to high-calibre research and education. 

“It’s fantastic recognition of our achievements during our first 50 years as we plan to build on our strengths into the future,” Prof Stirling said.

Flinders has climbed 31 places from 77th in 2015 to 46th in 2016. 

The university in the southern suburbs of Adelaide has opened a state-of-the-art building for Computer Science, Engineering and Maths and a technologically-advanced student hub and plaza in the past year. 

Prof Stirling said the rise in the rankings reflected Flinders’ focus providing high a quality educational experience.

He said the indicators against which Flinders had excelled included industry income and innovation, teaching and the learning environment, research, and international outlook. 

“This global recognition reinforces our standing as a world top 2 per cent university that is making a difference to the communities we serve and the world around us,” he said.

“A research-intensive university that’s innovatively finding solutions to real world problems in partnership with industry, we take great pride in preparing graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges of our times.”

University of South Australia was 57th on the list of young universities and ninth in the nation.

The 142-year-old University of Adelaide is the third long-standing university in the South Australian capital. All three are consistently rated highly in the international higher education rankings.

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