CQUni recognised among the 'Top 150 Under 50' worldwide

Published:07 April 2016

CQUniversity has added another prestigious highlight to its list of achievements in 2016, after being named among the top 150 universities, under 50, by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The ranking of 109 officially recognises the excellence of the world’s ‘young’ universities (those under 50 years old) and places CQUniversity within the top 100-150 bracket. 

The Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50, is part of the portfolio of rankings and data products that has established THE as the world’s most respected and widely referenced provider of comparative global university performance data.

The 150 Under 50 ranking applies the same performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings, with young universities measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. 

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Scott Bowman explained that the University’s inclusion in this year’s rankings is a testament to its strategic vision and commitment to the values of engagement and inclusiveness.

“This is the first time CQUniversity has been included within this prestigious list and our inclusion is undoubtedly down to our sheer determination to transform CQUniversity from a strong university to a great university. It's a significant achievement considering there are 1000s of universities in the world.

“Over the past six years we have worked incredibly hard to increase our physical presence across Australia, grow our student numbers, deliver world-class research, improve our learning and teaching, and provide a great experience for our students.

“Our efforts are really starting to pay off – not just when it comes to these types of rankings but when it comes down to the hard facts.

“We now have more than 30,000 students, we have delivery sites in every mainland state of Australia, we have some of the best graduate outcome rates in the nation, we have been recognised as a world leader in social innovation and we are delivering research rated as “at”, “above”, or “well above” world standard in 14 different categories of research. 

“Most importantly though, we are Australia’s most inclusive university and we will continue to measure our success by who we embrace rather than who we exclude,” said Professor Bowman.

Today’s announcement follows several other significant achievements for the University in the past 12 months, including being recognised within the world’s top 600 universities by Times Higher Education, being awarded five stars for inclusiveness, internationalisation and online/distance learning by the global QS Stars ratings system, achieving its highest ever Excellence in Research Australia rankings, and being recognised by international social innovation group Ashoka U as Australia’s first Changemaker Campus.

More information about the world’s top 150 universities under 50 can be found HERE .

* 30,285 students
* 13,747 students studying via distance education
* 16,538 students studying on campus
* 907 Indigenous students
* 4721 first-in-family students
* 4966 international students
* 9928 students studying in rural or remote areas
* 2615 students studying access education programs
* More than 80,000 registered alumni from 115 countries
* $34 million invested in capital works and new facilities in 2015
* More than $200 million invested in capital works and new facilities in the past five years
* 23 delivery sites across Australia (every state of mainland Australia)
* More than 300 programs and courses available to study across six areas of discipline
* Largest geographical footprint of any Australian university with four sites across Australia, including campuses and distance education study centres
* Consistently ranked among the top universities for graduate starting salaries by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA).
* 81.1 per cent full-time graduate employment rate (within the first four months of graduation) for domestic undergraduate students (10% higher than the sector average).
* Queensland’s first (and only) comprehensive university, delivering seamless pathway programs between vocational and tertiary programs and vice versa. 
* Australia’s most inclusive university with the highest ratio of students from disadvantaged backgrounds including first-in-family, mature age, Indigenous and low-SES students, and students with a disability.