UTS improves its Leiden rank for research quality and impact

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UTS has asserted a top position in Australia in an international ranking that focuses on universities’ scientific impact and participation in scientific collaborations.

For a second year UTS leads in Australia for having a high proportion of research in scientific fields cited among the world’s top 10 per cent in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Ranking of world universities.

Last year on this measure UTS had a worldwide ranking of 94, ahead of the Australian National University. This year UTS has cemented its top position in Australia with a greater margin and leap in the worldwide ranking to 70.

Only two years ago UTS ranked number two in Australia and 121 globally for the proportion of frequently cited papers.

UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Kate McGrath said the results were a testament to the consistent growth in the quality of the research that UTS is generating.

This is the second year in a row we have topped the field of Australian universities in the quality of our research through the Leiden rankings, while also increasing the proportion of our outputs appearing in the top 10 per cent.

Professor Kate McGrath

“The UTS 2027 strategy has a commitment to producing high-quality, globally-respected research that makes significant economic, environmental, cultural and social impact. Our results on rankings so far this year show we are well on the way to achieving this goal,” Professor McGrath said.

“We have already recorded a stellar result for the quality of our research in the Excellence in Research Australia assessment, with all of UTS’s broad fields of research rated at or above world standard – 72 per cent of that being ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard. We have matched that in the inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment, which shows we are leading the country with the impact of our research.

“In the Leiden results it is encouraging to see areas such as maths and information technology perform exceedingly well, jumping 50 places since 2017. We pride ourselves on strength in these areas and will continue to build on these rankings through a commitment to research excellence.

“This is the second year in a row we have topped the field of Australian universities in the quality of our research through the Leiden rankings, while also increasing the proportion of our outputs appearing in the top 10 per cent.

“It is testament to the work we have put in to invest in the development and growth of research leaders at all academic levels, which has been matched by their passion and dedication to ensuring UTS becomes a university known for its research excellence, quality and impact.”

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