Griffith among top 20 research universities

Griffith University has been placed among the top 20 research universities in Australia for a third consecutive year, according to the latest Nature Index.

Griffith University is positioned 18th overall in the academic listing with the 2016 Index revealing the University’s key strengths are in chemistry, life sciences, and earth and environmental sciences.

The Nature Index, which is collated from research articles published in an independently selected group of quality science journals, has placed Griffith 14th in chemistry research.

The Nature Index report revealed that this was aided by $11.79 million in funding for chemistry research achieved through competitive funding programs between 2011 and 2014.

Griffith was also placed 14th in life sciences, while earth and environmental sciences and physical sciences were each ranked 15th and 16th respectively.

The Nature Index has revealed that Australian universities had more physical sciences articles included in the index between 2012 and 2015 than any other field.

It has revealedthat high-quality research output rose 10 per cent in Australia in the past three years, placing the country 12th in the index’s global standings.

“Australia and New Zealand may have small populations and be geographically remote from the world’s research giants, but their high-quality science competes on the global stage set by the United States, Europe and China,” said Nicky Phillips, the Editor of the Nature Index.