Thursday, 31 May 2012
Edith Cowan University (ECU) has been named in a league table of the world’s best young universities.
ECU is ranked at 100 in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list, which focuses on the best universities under the age of 50 years.
Times Higher Education Editor Phil Baty said the 100 Under 50 rankings show a new breed of global universities that have managed to join the world’s top table in just decades rather than centuries.
“The new ranking gives us a glimpse of the future, hinting at who the future Harvard and Cambridge universities may be,” Mr Baty said.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox said ECU’s place in the rankings was very pleasing, given the University had only just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011.
“We agree that establishing a new university is a 50-year process. In just two decades ECU has rapidly grown into a quality university that produces research at exacting international standards of high positive impact for the communities it was established to serve, and, indeed, for communities around the world,” Professor Cox said.
“Coupled to this emerging research profile is a well established reputation for high quality teaching, as judged by students of the University. In fact, in recent years ECU has been named in the top 5 of the 39 Australian universities for its teaching quality.”
“We have also taken advantage of being a ‘new breed’ university by providing state-of-the-art facilities and by offering courses that are relevant and produce job-ready graduates who go on to succeed in their chosen industry.”
“It is also very pleasing that ECU is well recognised for creating opportunities for those from very diverse backgrounds to succeed in higher education.”
The full league table can be viewed at the Times Higher Education website.