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World class research in ACT

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment has found both the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra (UC) are “well above world standard”.

The national report, conducted by the Australian Research Council, saw ANU assessed as having the highest possible rating “well above world standard” in 15 broad fields of research out of the 21 assessed. UC was found to have 82% of evaluated research disciplines at world class or greater, and 41% “above world class or greater”.

UC’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Deep Saini said the results are “phenomenal” for a young university.

“Not only have we delivered incredible results in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ranking among the top 300 universities in the world, we have also shown that renewed efforts to support our talented people in research and integrated learning has delivered a strong impact,” he said.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said ANU is at “the forefront of Australia’s research excellence”, with 96% of research outputs rated above world standard.

“Three years ago, ANU had a strong set of ERA results. Even from this high base, we have dramatically improved,” he said.

“Today’s results also show how much great research is underway in Australia, and on behalf of ANU, I congratulate our colleagues in universities across the nation for the amount of high quality research which ERA shows we all conduct”.

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