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.
Griffithâ€™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 President and Vice Chancellor Professor Carolyn Evans said the recognition was a very strong result.
â€œAs a university Griffith has performed exceptionally well against both its Australian and international counterparts,â€ Professor Evans said.
â€œFor 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.
â€œIt 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.
â€œNurses 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.
â€œThere will always be demand for nurses and midwives and Griffith is producing the very best of them.â€
Griffith was again ranked in 37 of a possible 54 subjects in in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020, solidifying the Universityâ€™s performance in 2019.
â€œTo achieve three positions in the global top 10 from a field of 4000 universities demonstrates that Griffith offers the very best courses in these disciplinesâ€
â€œTo 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,â€ Professor Evans said.
â€œGriffith expertise in tourism, for instance, is already being called on to help Queensland and the country rebuild after COVID-19.
â€œOur research in this area is providing a real pathway to recovery.
â€œWhile 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.
â€œProtection 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.â€
Third year mature age nursing student Renee Flynn is just three subjects away from graduating and says the recognition for Griffithâ€™s nursing degree backs up her decision to study at the University.
â€œIt does make me confident going into the workplace next year,â€ Renee said.
â€œIt is comforting knowing I have had some of the best training and that I am well prepared to enter the workforce.”
Fellow third year student Krystal Mancktelow says Griffithâ€™s reputation in nursing was always top of mind when she applied for a place three years ago.
â€œI worked for 12 years at my last employment to get my dream job and realised I hated it,â€ she admitted.
â€œI 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.
â€œIt gives me confidence that if I am going to make such a big change in my life, Iâ€™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.â€