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China ties help Australia's UNSW shoot up global university rankings

Author  :       Source  :    Xinhua     2019-09-14

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has surged 25 spots from last year to reach 71st in World University Rankings, benefiting from international partnership.

According to Phil Baty, the editorial director of Times Higher Education who compiled the list published on Thursday, a "focus on international partnerships, not least in the booming knowledge economies of China and East Asia" has aided UNSW's rise up the table this year.

Launching the 100 million Australian dollar (68 million U.S. dollar) UNSW Torch Innovation Precinct in 2016 to promote greater cooperation in scientific networks and the tech hub has amassed a wide range of vital research partnerships.

"Our success is built upon a commitment to generosity in partnership, utilising our expertise and resources to improve lives as Australia's global university," UNSW President and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said.

"In our 70th year, our students, staff, alumni and supporters can take pride in the progress and trajectory of our University."

With the rankings system measured by 13 performance indicators in the areas of teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income, Baty said Australia has made the growing relations with China a focal point of its higher education strategy and the sharing resource "appears to be paying off for both parties."

"Chinese institutions are getting better at attracting global talent and collaborating with foreign institutions, while Australian universities are benefiting both financially and academically from an influx of Chinese students and academics."

Across the rest of country, the University of Melbourne ranked in Australia's highest place at number 32, the Australian National University came in at 49th spot and the University of Sydney the 60th as the third highest ranked Australian institute.

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