Latest QS World University Rankings show Curtin’s global standing continues to rise

Miri – 21 June 2019 – Curtin University continues to climb in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR) after being ranked 230th in the world.

The 2020 edition of the QSWUR released this week, which highlights the top 1000 universities in the world, showed Curtin’s continued improvement in global rankings, jumping 20 places from last year’s results.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry welcomed the latest results, saying Curtin was committed to producing high-quality research and industry-ready graduates.

“Curtin is a truly global university with campuses in Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, and I am delighted that the University’s standing among the world’s best universities continues to rise,” Professor Terry said.

“Curtin is committed to driving innovation through world-class research and these latest results in the QSWUR show substantial improvements in the University’s research impact as well as our reputation among employers and other academics.”

Professor Terry said she was also pleased that Curtin’s ranking for employer reputation has risen into the world’s top 200 universities with a result of 185, showing an improvement in employer assessments of Curtin’s graduate employability. The university’s citations per faculty, which represent the global impact of Curtin’s research, has also increased by more than 20 per cent.

Echoing these sentiments, Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive of Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) Professor Jim Mienczakowski said that, as Curtin University’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia, Curtin Malaysia is extremely pleased with the latest ranking.

“Curtin’s international campuses play a huge role in helping the university enhance its global footprint and reputation. Working with our stakeholders in government, industry and the community, we provide quality education and educational pathways for students from across the world, and research geared towards the needs of our region,” he said.

Professor Mienczakowski added that, as Curtin has renewed its commitment to providing its world-renowned education here in Malaysia for another 20 years, Curtin Malaysia is embarking on a new phase of strategic development that focuses on expanding its role as Curtin’s hub in Asia through the strengthening of connections and collaborations, and helping Curtin secure its position as a genuinely global university.

“Under the mantle of the ‘One Curtin’ approach, Curtin Malaysia will play an even greater role in expanding Curtin’s footprint in the region through strategic international alliances, stakeholder partnerships and a campus that is well integrated with all the other Curtin campuses,” he elaborated.

He added that this will also include infrastructural development to enhance the learning experience of students, investments in biotechnology and engineering infrastructure to create fresh opportunities for collaborative research and industry engagement, and providing developmental opportunities for staff and students.

The QSWUR is based on indicators covering academic reputation, graduate employability, student and staff ratios, research performance, and internationalisation.

A university’s academic and employer reputation is based on responses to QS’ Academic and Employer Surveys, completed by more than 138,000 academics and employers worldwide.

The QSWUR is released annually by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. For more information about the QSWUR, visit

Curtin University, including its international campuses, rise to 230th position worldwide.

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