Newcastle the nation’s top young uni

JUST a few months out from its 50th birthday, the University of Newcastle has been named Australia’s number one university under 50 years of age.

British education company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its ‘‘Top 50 under 50’’ on Wednesday, with Newcastle also featuring in the top 20 in the world, rising 12 spots to be ranked 19th.

The university jumped five spots against Australian institutes, after placing sixth in 2013.

University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent rankings were evidence of a commitment and focus on research and education.

‘‘I am delighted the University of Newcastle has climbed to be the top young university in Australia,’’ Professor McMillen said.

‘‘Our world ranking as 19th among universities under the age of 50 shows the university is on the right trajectory and inspires us to continue building an institution that students, staff, our alumni and the wider community can be proud of.’’

The QS ‘‘Top 50 Under 50’’ ranks universities established since 1965 according to their position in the QS World University Rankings for 2014/2015.

Institutions are assessed on six indicators – academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratios, citations per faculty, international students and international faculty.

The new rankings saw the university achieve a 16 per cent increase in academic reputation, a 17 per cent rise in employer reputation and a 16 per cent rise in research publications per faculty.

Now in its 10th year, the QS World University Rankings grade the world’s top 863 universities based on research, teaching, employability and internationalisation, the university said.