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ECU receives top marks in ERA Rankings

Wednesday, 02 February 2011


The 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) National Report results were announced on Monday, 31 January, placing ECU among some of the best Universities in the world with regards to  our research achievements in a number of disciplines within our academic programs.

ERA is the first national report of its kind, assessing the research quality of Australia’s 41 higher education institutions amongst their global peers using a combination of indicators and expert review. 

ECU performed well in the report, with the areas of Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Medical and Health Sciences (specifically Clinical Sciences and Nursing), and Studies in Creative Arts and Writing (particularly Journalism and Professional Writing, and Performing Arts and Creative Writing) considered to be performing at or above world standards. 

The report also highlighted that ECU’s research performance in a range of areas, including Education; Law and Legal Studies; Economics, and Information and Computing Sciences is similar to that of many Australian universities. 

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, believes the results are a credit to ECU’s ongoing commitment to research and development. 

“ECU is pleased that, for a relatively young university, our research performance in several areas is seen to be at, or above, world standard and we are also pleased to note that our research performance in a range of other areas is similar to that of many Australian universities."

“These outcomes justify the decisions we’ve made about growing areas of research of direct benefit to end-users, including the community, and we are thrilled to receive such positive recognition.”

For more information on the report visit the ECU ERA website, or alternatively contact Manager of Research Quality and Policy, Ms Michelle Duryea on


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