Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Top 10 in Research Down under Are World-Beaters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Top 10 in Research Down under Are World-Beaters

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Ten Australian universities are performing "above the world standard" for research, including four performing "well above" world standard, according to an evaluation of Australian research.

The Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report, published on 6 December, showed that there had been a 24 per cent increase in the amount of research being undertaken since the previous exercise in 2010. There was also a 16 per cent increase in the number of patents and a 9 per cent rise in the number of researchers employed.

"Language, communication and culture" and "biological sciences" were the subjects in which the largest numbers of universities were rated as world standard or better - some 28 out of 41 institutions.

An analysis of the results done by The Australian found that the University of Melbourne had the highest proportion of top-rated research, with 85.5 per cent of its research fields given four or five stars - where four means "above world standard" and five is "well above world standard". …

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