Research from UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience has contributed to the high placing.
27 October 2016

High-quality research from The University of Queensland is helping drive the nation’s success in a prestigious rankings system.

UQ has been confirmed as the top institute in Australia in the Nature Index 2016 Australia and New Zealand, released today (27 October).

The index, which considers the volume of research articles published in natural science journals, also credits UQ with the largest Australian contribution by share of authorship to high-quality papers in the past year.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the index demonstrated Brisbane’s rising star on the research scene, with the region showing the fastest growth in output between 2012 and 2015.

“UQ has continually dominated the Nature Index, moving from fourth place at the Index’s launch in 2012 to placing top in Australia last year as well,” he said.

“Our continued high-placing in these rankings shows the exceptional quality of our researchers, who are constantly striving to maintain their place as science and health knowledge leaders.

“It’s also a reflection of our expertise in turning research into reality. UQ has a strong history of commercialising research findings into practical solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems.

“Funds raised from commercial ventures are then returned to research, ensuring our scientists are always working towards the next life-changing discovery.”

This month, UQ placed 43rd globally and third in Australia in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.

In August, UQ jumped 22 places up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia.

“Just yesterday, we celebrated the success of Australia’s top women scientists, with three UQ researchers being recognised at the Women in Research Citation awards in Canberra,” Professor Høj said.

“Results such as this are impressive, and highlight the broader benefits that flow to society and the economy from a world class research effort.”

Information about the Nature Index ranking system is available here.

View UQ’s other rankings here.

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