Melbourne universities rank in world top ten for Pharma
|9 July 2012 |
|Two Melbourne-based universities have been included in the top ten centres for Life Sciences and Medicines - Pharmacy & Pharmacology, reflecting the city’s world-class reputation in drug discovery. Monash University and the University of Melbourne have been ranked 6th and 9th place respectively in the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject.|
|The overall QS ranking system is based on differentially weighted criteria drawn from a survey of more than 50,000 academics and graduate employers worldwide - the specific criteria are academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty member/student ratios (20%), citations per faculty member (20%), number of international faculty (5%) and number of international students (5%). |
Professor Bill Charman, Director of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) said: “I am thrilled at this most recent ranking as it clearly recognises what Monash is achieving in the discipline of pharmacy and pharmacology. The ranking draws heavily on our academic reputation as judged by our peers.”
Monash University was also ranked in the global top 50 in a total of 18 disciplines, including 15th in Law, 16th in Education and in the top 25 for both History and Materials Science.
In addition to scoring highly in the Pharmacy & Pharmacology rankings, The University of Melbourne was named Australia’s top-ranked university in 14 disciplines in the report.
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil said the results highlighted the diversity of the University’s world-class research effort across a wide range of subjects. “We are delighted to have received this recognition of the quality of the research work of our staff which contributes to our reputation as Australia’s leading university.”
Melbourne was the highest ranked Australian university in English language and literature, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science, Statistics and Operations Research, Law, Accounting and Finance, and Communication and Media Studies.
Earlier this year, Melbourne was ranked the world’s number four ‘University City’ by the London-based QS organisation. The ranking put Melbourne ahead of all other Australian capital cities as the best place for international students, and fourth behind only Paris, London and Boston. The ranking was based on a wide range of indicators including the prestige of the city’s education institutions, affordability, diversity and strong employability of our graduates.
Victorians are Australia’s most highly educated citizens, thanks to a concentration of world-class universities and training institutes in the state. With nine world-class universities, including eight in Melbourne’s central business district, there is a steady supply of well-qualified and highly-skilled graduates. In fact, Victoria boasts the highest numbers of science, engineering and IT graduates in Australia, with nearly two out of three holding a post secondary qualification and one in three holding a university degree.
More information on the QS World University Rankings 2012 can be found on the Top Universities website.