"TODAY’S release of the QS World University Ranking by Subject is another ho-hum affair. It’s not that it doesn’t have some semblance of truth as to the nature of the university sector in Australia, but it’s so broad-brushstroke that it’s hard discern any detail or nuance. "
"Yet six universities from the Group of Eight so completely dominate the ranking (from a local perspective at least), they leave little breathing room for anyone else."
"And we know from the recent Excellence in Research for Australia audit that this is not the case. Yes, the Group of Eight is dominant in research across the disciplines, but there are pockets of excellence."
"You might be the best in the world in a niche area, but unless you have a blockbuster globally recognisable brand you don’t get a look in on league tables that wrangle a mixed methodology into some distorted sense of order." (emphasis added)
- The UoN website states that "The University of Newcastle's Civil and Structural Engineering discipline has entered the world's Top 50 in the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject list increasing its ranking by 14 places up to 45th in the world. "
"As has been pointed out before, and will be again, the QS ranking is so volatile that a university can move up or down 10 places in any one year and no one bats an eye lid."
- UoN website "Published by QS in the UK today, the University of Newcastle has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities for three subjects and in the top 200 universities for a further nine subjects."
- Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, said UON's excellent performance in the 2014 QS subject rankings built on the University's growing global reputation for excellence in education, and research and innovation.