University of Newcastle climbs into coveted Top 200 in world rankings

In just one year, the University of Newcastle has climbed ten places to sit among the world’s Top 200 universities in the prestigious 2021 QS World University Rankings, results released today confirmed.


The Top 200 result continues the University’s year-on-year improvement in these rankings since 2014. The 2021 QS World University Rankings considered 1604 institutions and contained 47 new entrants. Maintaining a positive trajectory is testament to our University’s sustained emphasis on quality of output, as well as a strong and growing network of industry relationships.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO said that the move from 207 to 197 in twelve months reflected the University’s unwavering focus on delivering excellence in teaching, learning and research in difficult circumstances.

“Our sector is facing a number of unprecedented external challenges and the University of Newcastle itself has dealt with bushfires, droughts as well as a pandemic affecting our students, staff and communities in the past year,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“What this outstanding result shows is that despite these external impacts, our teaching, research and academic staff have continued to deliver inspiring and innovative programs for our students and lead critical research breakthroughs.”

“Higher Education is always a competitive sector both in Australia and internationally, and we are incredibly proud to continue our ascent in the QS World University Rankings,” he said.

“In addition to recognising our staff, I am grateful to our impressive alumni network for being such positive ambassadors for the University – enhancing our institution’s reputation on the local, national and world stage,” he said.

“2021 will continue to test our resolve to exceed our benchmarks and further build our high standing on the domestic and international higher education stage. I know the University will meet our challenges head-on.”

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