The University of Southern Queensland has proved consistency pays off after again being ranked at world standard in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results.
USQ ranked at world standard across three discipline areas — Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the results showed regional universities were making invaluable contributions to the knowledge economy of Australia.
“While on one hand we are educating the next generation of leaders, on the other we are solving some of the world’s big ticket issues through our research and innovation,” Professor Thomas said.
“These latest rankings certainly reaffirm the fact that USQ prides itself on innovative research and is a well-respected member of the global research community.”
USQ is viewed as a world leader in research areas such as agricultural sciences, composite fibre materials and distance education learning and teaching.
The Chair of the Regional Universities Network, of which USQ is a member, said ERA 2012 highlighted the significant growth of quality research at regional universities.
“We are delighted with how our universities have performed,” Professor David Battersby said.
“Much of the research undertaken at RUN universities has a high impact in our regions and more broadly.
“It is focused on pressing regional, national and global concerns. It covers issues including food and water security, climate change, social cohesion, health and well being, environmental and resource management, and technology.
“The recent Collaborative Research Network (CRN) funding has provided new investment in research in RUN universities and is already paying off in terms of attracting outstanding researchers, enhancing the profile of research, increasing research funding and publications and developing collaborative partnerships.”
The Federal Government will undertake the third round of ERA in 2015.
The Australian Research Council will consult with the sector on the inclusion of impact measures to help further track university research performance.
Jim Campbell, email@example.com, 07 4631 2977
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