Five Australian universities ranked among world’s top 100 academic institutions
Five Australian universities have been ranked among the top 100 in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which is one of the most comprehensive academic rankings today.
It uses six different criteria including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.
This is the first time when so many Australian academic institutions are being classified in the top 100 list. Another 19 universities are ranked in the top 500.
This means that Australian universities are becoming even more popular among international students.
According to the Australian Minister of Education Chris Evans, the main reason for the excellent results of the Australian educational system is the fact that the Government made an investment of 37 billion Australian Dollars and hard work of Australia’s academic community.
In order to make Australia an even more popular destination for foreigners, the Australian Government plans to expand the working rights that are available for overseas students.
Furthermore, all international students will have the right two receive two to four years of work permit after they graduate in Australia.
The main objective of the Australian educational reform is to have at least 40% of the young people attending university by the year 2025.
The Australian Minister of Education Chris Evans emphasizes that the Gillard Government’s effort to build a world-class education system begins to show its positive effects.