To what extent are young institutions in Australia posing a challenge to older, more established institutions?
One way to assess this is to examine the performance of young institutions in the overall World University Rankings. We find that for the World University Rankings, two young institutions (the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Canberra) are represented in the top 10 Australian institutions in the World University Rankings. Thus, the top echelons of the World University Rankings are still dominated by the older, more established institutions.
If we look at the next 10 Australian institutions in the World University Rankings, i.e. numbers 11–20, the pattern changes and we find that 7 of these institutions are young universities. These young universities range from 193 to 251–300 globally. Beyond the top 20 Australian institutions in the World University Rankings, young institutions dominate. From all of this we can say that at this point young Australian universities tend to be in the middle to lower reaches in the World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings reveal that Australia has a strong rankings performance amongst these newer institutions, even if at this point they do not definitively challenge the established status quo.
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