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Macquarie named Australia's best young university

Page last published: 06 Jun 2012

Macquarie University has been named Australia’s highest-ranking university in two reports published in the last week. Both QS and Times Higher Education placed Macquarie first among the nation’s universities under 50 years of age.

Additionally, QS world university rankings placed Macquarie’s English, Modern Languages and Philosophy disciplines in the top 100.

Although the rankings use different methods to produce their results, both agreed that Macquarie led the nation’s modern universities in areas including research, teaching, innovation, graduate employability and international outlook.

Macquarie’s emergence as a university of international significance despite a relatively short history is partly due to investing in areas of research excellence. The success of this strategy has been confirmed by the Australian Government’s evaluations, with five research areas rated five out of five, indicating performance ‘well above world standard’.

In the past few years, Macquarie University has invested heavily in facilities and infrastructure, including the multi-million dollar Faculty of Arts media and creative arts hub (Y3A building) which offers state-of-the-art production facilities, professional studio spaces, and specially equipped theatres for screening, allowing our students to gain the skills required to succeed in the changing work environment.   

Faculty of Arts is also taking innovative approaches in the areas of education and research with initiatives such as the Big History Project,  co-founded with Bill Gates.  For more information visit: