Griffith has been ranked number one in Australia for Nursing and Midwifery, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Law (including Criminology) in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 released today.

The University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has also ranked second globally, and Hospitality and Tourism Management (#3) and Marine/Ocean Engineering (#8) scored in the top 10 internationally.

Griffith’s Dentistry and Oral health (#3), and Political Sciences (#3-5) have been ranked in the top 5 in Australia, while Chemical Engineering achieved an equal 5th rank.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans.

Griffith President and Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans said the recognition was a very strong result.

“As a university Griffith has performed exceptionally well against both its Australian and international counterparts,” Professor Evans said.

“For our nursing and midwifery courses to be globally ranked in second position is the highest ranking achieved by any Australian university in the ShanghaiRanking metric.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to say we are truly the best Australian university in these disciplines and that the nurses and midwives we produce are some of best in the world.

Nursing students

Griffith nursing students practice vital procedures in a simulated environment

“Nurses have never been more at the forefront of our global communities, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt around the world and especially as the WHO has declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

“There will always be demand for nurses and midwives and Griffith is producing the very best of them.”

Griffith was again ranked in 37 of a possible 54 subjects in in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020, solidifying the University’s performance in 2019.

“To achieve three positions in the global top 10 from a field of 4000 universities demonstrates that Griffith offers the very best courses in these disciplines”

“To achieve three positions in the global top 10 from a field of 4000 universities demonstrates that Griffith offers the very best courses in these disciplines,” Professor Evans said.

Dr Sarah Gardiner is the Deputy Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and has been regularly interviewed by media regarding the impacts of devastating bushfires and COVID-19 on the tourism industry.

“Griffith expertise in tourism, for instance, is already being called on to help Queensland and the country rebuild after COVID-19.

“Our research in this area is providing a real pathway to recovery.

“While Tourism and Hospitality Management plays a direct role in the local economy, it is our strength in coastal engineering which helps to secure the backbone of the region.

“Protection of Gold Coast beaches, the region’s most important asset, ensures the retention of what is the main drawcard for hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.”

Third year nursing student Renee Flynn helping patients in a Vietnamese medical clinic while on placement in early 2020

Third year mature age nursing student Renee Flynn is just three subjects away from graduating and says the recognition for Griffith’s nursing degree backs up her decision to study at the University.

“It does make me confident going into the workplace next year,” Renee said.

“It is comforting knowing I have had some of the best training and that I am well prepared to enter the workforce.”

Krystal Mancktelow (L) and Renee Flynn (R) while on placement in Vietnam

Fellow third year student Krystal Mancktelow says Griffith’s reputation in nursing was always top of mind when she applied for a place three years ago.

“I worked for 12 years at my last employment to get my dream job and realised I hated it,” she admitted.

“I took a pay cut and worked as a medical receptionist and realised I loved what the nurses were doing and within 6 months I was enrolled.

“It gives me confidence that if I am going to make such a big change in my life, I’m going to do it giving myself the best opportunity to do so. And going with someone that is reputable and that I know will best set me up for the next phase once I graduate.”