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5 Star Experience

This page is a snapshot of recent university rankings, both nationally and internationally. It includes ratings from recent graduate surveys and other international quality measures.

2021 Good Universities Guide

Every year, Australian university graduates are surveyed about their time at university, including factors impacting the quality of their experience and some post-university outcomes. The resulting scores are translated into university star ratings and these are published in the Good Universities Guide.

In the 2021 guide, ECU graduates have again given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality. This rating has now been achieved for 14 years in a row, making ECU the only public university in Australia to have achieved such a consistently high endorsement for teaching quality.

ECU also rated 5 stars and second among Australian public universities for students’ overall education experience.

ECU's other undergraduate 5-star ratings were the highest of all Western Australian universities and covered skills development, student support and learning resources.

Read more about our 2021 ratings.

2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

ECU has maintained its position in the top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021.

The World University Rankings is an annual list of more than 1000 of the top universities, ranked for their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This ranking places ECU in the top 2.5% of universities in the world.

2020 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings

ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings.

Young universities were measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. These are the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings.

Review the full rankings for young universities

2020 Shanghai Rankings

ECU continues to be recognised globally for teaching and learning excellence, with two subjects listed in the top 100 in ShanghaiRanking’s 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

  • Our Nursing program was featured in the world’s top 100
  • Our Hospitality and Tourism Management program is in the world’s top 75

Read more about the 2020 rankings

2020 QILT website: teaching quality rating

In 2020, and for the 5th year in a row, ECU received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all public universities in Australia.

QILT results are based on hundreds of thousands of surveys completed by students from the 41 universities across Australia, both public and private. Over 85% of ECU students surveyed rated the quality of the teaching they received positively.

ECU was also the top-ranked Australian public university for undergraduate skills development (now six years in a row) and second-placed public university for overall educational experience.

Notably, the university ranked in the top quartile (top 25%) in every single QILT category.

2020 QILT website: discipline ratings

ECU is Australia’s top public university for undergraduate skills development in the Business and Management and Law and Paralegal disciplines.

In the Teacher Education discipline, ECU was rated Australia’s top public university for undergraduate teaching quality and overall education experience.

In the Rehabilitation discipline, ECU is Australia’s top university for undergraduate teaching quality, student support and learning resources, as well as the country’s top public university for undergraduate skills development.

ECU is also Australia’s top university for undergraduate skills development in the Computing and Information Systems disciplines and Australia’s top university for student support in Engineering.

These results based on the QILT Student Experience Surveys for 2018 and 2019.

2020 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact ratings.  The rankings show how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

ECU also ranked in the top 4% of universities surveyed for Gender Equality, and in the top 50 for Good Health and Well-being and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

2020 QS World University Rankings Top 150 under 50

ECU has been listed in the QS Top 150 under 50 rankings for 2020.  The rankings cover the world’s 150 leading institutions founded after 1967.  ECU was established in 1991 and appears in the 101-150 category.

Review the full rankings

2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject

The following ECU disciplines have appeared in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2020:

  • Education – ECU ranked in top 200
  • Performing Arts – ECU ranked in top 100
  • Sports-related – ECU ranked in top 100

2020 CWTS Leiden Ranking for Research

The Leiden Ranking is produced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

The 2020 rankings include 1176 universities from 65 different countries and is the first time ECU has featured. Key results:

Ranked #1 in Australia for scientific impact in Physical Sciences and Engineering (% of publications in top 5% and 10% most cited)

Ranked #1 in Australia for international collaboration and industry collaboration in Biomedical and Health Sciences.

More about the Leiden Ranking

2019 Top 100 Asia-Pacific Universities

ECU has been ranked in the top 100 universities in the latest Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings.

These rankings are based on the same rigorous criteria as the THE World University Rankings, but with special modifications to better reflect the characteristics of universities in the region.

Read the full 2019 THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings

2018 ShanghaiRankings

ECU has received international recognition for the quality of our Sports Science program in ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 global ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments. The university was named one of the top 25 universities in the world and 5th in Australia. Sports Science is a key teaching and research discipline in our School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Other university programs to feature strongly in the 2018 rankings included Nursing and Hospitality and Tourism Management, both placing in the world's top 150.

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