Education in top 100 globally

Faculty leaders say the latest international university rankings have recognised Griffith University’s commitment to high performance and ongoing aspiration.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject were released today and placed Griffith’s Law School as the best in Queensland and among the top 50 in the world. The School of Education ranked in the top 100.

Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts, Education and Law, Professor Paul Mazerolle, said Griffith’s result reflected a concerted focus on scholarship and the drive for national and international relevance through sound appointments, pioneering research, nurturing student performance and responding to the expectations of the era.

“The QS rankings send a signal to the market that scholars can come to Griffith University and thrive,” Professor Mazerolle said. “They recognise that we are achieving and aspiring and the momentum building from that will be felt in the years to come.”

Professor Mazerolle said planned cuts to university funding announced recently by the Federal Government only increased the importance of striving for improved performance.

“By reinforcing Griffith’s strategies in a competitive funding environment, our programs and our dedication to scholarship, leadership, relevance and research confirm our determination to be a world-leading university, one that does not stand still.”

Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies, Professor Donna Pendergast, said that at a time of fierce debate over education reform the QS rankings were a strong vindication of Griffith’s programs in teacher education and research.

“Independent external recognition acknowledges and reinforces the strength of what Griffith University is doing and will continue doing,” Professor Pendergast said.

“Our objectives are constantly aspirational. There’s no restful moment when we say ‘that’s the best we can do, so let’s stop now’.

“Through our staffing balance, our innovation in teaching, learning and research and a philosophy of relevance and renewal, we are making a strategic investment in education and the rankings have recognised that.”

The QS World University Rankings evaluated 2858 universities and analysed more than 8000 programs globally.