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Melbourne goes from strength to strength with Times Higher Education


Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis welcomed the announcement and said it reflected the international esteem in which Melbourne’s research and teaching and learning were held.

“It is pleasing to note that generally speaking Melbourne continues to trend upwards in international league tables and is consistently ranked number one in Australia,” he said.

“While rankings are not the only indicator of the success of an institution, they do provide a benchmark to gauge how we are viewed against our international peers. And ideally the things that help you rise in rankings are the things that should be worth doing in themselves to provide students with the best education possible and the community with research outcomes that have a real impact on society.

“Melbourne’s position in this and other rankings is the result of a sustained effort from staff across the University to continually deliver outstanding research and curriculum.”

Professor Davis says it was pleasing to see that Australia’s universities had performed strongly overall.

“Australia’s reputation is high in the higher education sector internationally and this appears to be well reflected in the latest league table,” he says.

The University has also been named the host of THE’s flagship event, the World Academic Summit (WAS) in October 2015. The conference will bring senior university, government and industry leaders from around the world to Melbourne.

Professor Davis says he was delighted that the WAS would bring leading thinkers in higher education from around the world to Melbourne.

“Melbourne prides itself on its position as a knowledge city so it is only fitting that the THE would choose our city as the first Australian city to hold its summit.”

Times Higher Education Editor-at-large Phil Baty says he was delighted to be bringing the Summit to Melbourne.

“Not only is Melbourne one of the greatest cities in the world, it is also home to one of the greatest universities in the world.

“So we have the perfect setting, and the perfect host, to build on the success of our 2013 World Academic Summit in Singapore.

“The summit brings together outstanding global thought leaders from industry, government, higher education and research to explore the fundamental role that world-class universities play in pushing the boundaries of our collective understanding and fuelling the future knowledge economy.”


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