You may have seen the news earlier this week that the University has risen to a record high in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities – improving nine places globally and one place among our Australian peers to be ranked 60th in the world.
This result is largely due to an increase in the calibre of our research – the number of highly-cited researchers is a part of this, but so too is the recognition that our research is tackling the greatest challenges and contributing to the common good.
I want to thank all in our community for the part you’ve played in helping us achieve this result. This result reflects the success of our researchers working together, in and across disciplines, and of our teams of academic and professional staff supporting excellence in research.
While academic rankings do not measure everything we value, they are useful in helping us benchmark ourselves against the best universities in the world.
They are also important in helping us receive recognition – from civil society, industry partners and government – as a university producing research that is consistently world-class.
That we have achieved this result under the radically disruptive circumstances of the past few years is remarkable.
Results like these remind us of how much energy we can draw from our achievements, to propel us to greater heights. This is particularly timely, as we are nearing the launch of our 2032 Strategy.
There will be more on the Strategy to come very soon, but this result very much speaks to our aspirations for the years ahead. As we look to the next decade, we want to be known globally for discovering new knowledge, and for delivering solutions that benefit society and generate pride through our city, state, and nation.
As Vice-Chancellor I feel a great sense of admiration and respect for the achievements of colleagues this week, as well as a sense of excitement for what lies ahead for us.
Vice-Chancellor and President