Week of UOW rankings’ success coincides with festival campus fun

The University of Wollongong has enjoyed more rankings’ success.

The latest boost saw UOW ranked in the top 10 institutions in Australia for scientific research in the Nature Index 2018 Annual Tables.

Globally, the index ranked UOW at 436 (up from 452 in 2017) out of the more than 9000 institutions included. UOW was ranked 121 in the Asia Pacific region.

In the journals analysed for the index UOW researchers contributed to 54 chemistry, 62 physical science, 11 earth and environmental science, and 15 life science research articles published between January 1 and  December 31, 2017.

The Nature Index includes institutions from the academic, corporate, government, healthcare and NGO sectors. 

UOW SUCCESS: Hundreds of year 11 students from the Wollongong region attended the UOW Wellbeing Festival on June 4-5. Picture: Georgia Matts

UOW SUCCESS: Hundreds of year 11 students from the Wollongong region attended the UOW Wellbeing Festival on June 4-5. Picture: Georgia Matts

UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Judy Raper said the strong results reflected the university’s research focus on finding solutions to the world’s challenges.

“Our research priorities are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems,” Professor Raper said.

“We recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. Whether addressing climate change, illuminating how life works at a molecular level, or uncovering our human origins, we form alliances with the best minds across the globe.

“We acknowledge that in order to solve these problems, we must be outstanding at the fundamental scientific research that is published in the Nature suite of journals.

“Research at UOW crosses international and disciplinary boundaries to deliver results. The results of our overseas partnerships underpin the university’s international reputation for research excellence.”

This impressive result comes hot on the heels of the university climbing 14 places to 218 in the latest set of world rankings.

The 2019 QS World University Rankings also placed UOW 11th in Australia.

The rankings, which rely heavily in a university’s reputation with academics and employers, have been produced since 2004.

Meantime, more than 900 year 11 students took part in a number of workshops at UOW from June 4 to 7.

The Year 11 Crossroads event was hosted in conjunction with the Department of Education and Curriculum Networks Illawarra.