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Australian Universities Experience Rise in Global Rankings

Aug 12th 2014

In a great boost for the reputation of Australian education, a number of Australia’s leading universities have rocketed up the world rankings, with almost every included institution positively improving upon last years results. A total of eight Australian universities gained a place in the top 200 of this year’s Times Higher Education world university rankings, with Melbourne University taking the prize of top Australian spot at number 33. The title of top tanked institution in NSW goes to the University of Sydney, making an impressive jump from number 72 to number 60, and was the overall third best ranked Australian university after Melbourne and the Australian National University which ranked just in the top 50 at number 45. Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education publication commented that Australia’s impressively strong showing in the league tables, an over placing of fifth in terms of country representation, was an indicator of the fact that country operates a world class further education system.

However, there are certain fears amongst professionals that Australia’s extremely impressive performance might be a short-lived success due the federal government’s plans to deregulate tuition fees. Whilst the country’s current crop of student may possess a ‘knuckle down and write my essays type work ethic, there are doubts that the strength in depth success can be continued once the fees are deregulated from 2016 onwards. Professor Peter Booth, an academic at the University of Technology in Sydney believes that once the changes are made, some universities may begin to struggle to upkeep the basic and required levels of funding to be able to continue offering varied ranges of courses, and that in turn this will have a negative effect on the academic output of the bodies of students in comparison with other institutions across the world. 

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