Curtin soars into the world’s top 300 in prestigious global ranking

Miri – 18 September 2019 – Curtin University has jumped into the world’s top 300 universities, according to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The results released on 12 September 2019 show Curtin has moved into the 251-300 band with an estimated world rank of 258th, an improvement on last year’s result of 301-350 and a jump of 79 places from 337th globally.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said she was delighted Curtin continued to improve in the highly competitive and prestigious global rankings.

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings provide data indicating the performance of universities across the globe to help inform students, families, university colleagues, governments and industry,” Professor Terry said.

“Curtin is committed to delivering a world-class learning experience for our students and producing research that is making a real difference to people living locally, nationally and globally, so I am thrilled with the University’s latest ranking outcome.”

These global ranking results show performance improvements for Curtin across numerous indicators, with the most notable being a 33 per cent increase in the University’s research reputation.

Meanwhile, Professor Jim Mienczakowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia), Curtin’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia, remarked that Curtin’s latest achievement in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings augments its recent achievements in other prestigious global rankings.

In the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2019-20 rankings, which measures the academic performance of 20,000 universities across the globe, Curtin was positioned 360th in the world – a jump of 40 places.

In the highly competitive 2019 Nature Index, it achieved an international academic ranking of 321 among the world’s top academic institutions, placing it in Australia’s top eight universities.

Meanwhile, in the 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR), Curtin rose to 230th position worldwide and 13th nationally, while in the National Taiwan University rankings, it improved its global ranking to 277, climbing 19 places, with a national ranking of ninth in Australia.

Currently, the university is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019; 21st globally and 4th nationally in the QSWUR: Top 50 under 50, the global review of young institutions under 50 years; and was awarded five stars overall in the 2017 QS Stars University Ratings.

Professor Mienczakowski added that Curtin’s continued improvement in the various global rankings means that Curtin Malaysia is clearly the leading institution in terms of ranking status throughout Borneo and, indeed, it augurs well for all of Curtin’s international campuses.

In addition to Curtin Malaysia, Perth-based Curtin University has international campuses in Dubai, Singapore and Mauritius, as well as a regional campus in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and strategic partnerships with more than 130 institutions worldwide.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is the only global ranking of research-intensive universities across teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

The ranking is released annually, comparing almost 1,400 universities across the globe. For more information about The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, visit

Curtin’s achievement in Times Higher Education World University Rankings augments its recent achievements in other global rankings.

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