11 September 2012

Top 10 again for RMIT

RMIT University remains in the top 10 among Australian universities - and third in Victoria - according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

The 2012 rankings released this week show RMIT is 10th out of 26 Australian universities assessed by QS, and third out of Victoria's eight universities.

QS considers more than 2,000 universities worldwide each year, assessing more than 700 and publishing rankings for universities in the top 400.

In the 2012 QS World University Rankings, RMIT improved its student-to-staff ratio (from 19.8:1 in 2011, to 17.6:1 in 2012) as well as boosting its ranking on staff internationalisation.

The proportion of international staff increased from 50.6 per cent in 2011 to 54.2 per cent in 2012, lifting RMIT's ranking from 21st to 18th in the world.

RMIT is ranked seventh for the number of international students undertaking its programs, both at its campuses in Melbourne and Vietnam as well as locations outside Australia including Singapore, Malaysia and China.

The University's research performance also continued to improve, with the number of citations increasing by 26 per cent, reflecting growth from 11,723 citations in 2011 to 14,802 in 2012.

The latest rankings confirmed global employers continue to have a strong preference for RMIT graduates, with the University ranked 75th in the world in 2012.

RMIT is seventh among Australian universities in terms of employer reputation, and third in Victoria. In the overall rankings, the University is placed 246th.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said RMIT was among the most internationalised education institutions in the world.

"As a global university of technology and design, RMIT has built an international reputation for excellence in industry-relevant education and research," Professor Gardner said.

"Although we have the most international students of any Australian university, and the largest number enrolled beyond our shores, our global outlook is about far more than where our students come from.

"Thousands of our graduates have entered the workforce enriched by international experiences during their studies at RMIT, which offers a global passport to learning and work through overseas exchanges, study tours and international industry placements.

"As well as our welcoming staff and students from all over the world, RMIT's research and industry connections span the globe, from Belgium to Brazil, Shanghai to the Scott Base in Antarctica.

"By engaging with the needs of industry and the cities in which we are located through work-relevant learning and teaching, and industry-partnered research, RMIT continues to strengthen its reputation around the globe."

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RMIT is ranked in the top 10 among Australian universities. Photo: John Gollings.