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UniSQ climbs to 396th in global university rankings

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Research success has helped UniSQ climb to 396th in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

The University of Southern Queensland has moved to the top 400 universities worldwide in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

The University climbed 14 places to 396th in the global rankings, which evaluated over 5000 universities and published the top 1503 universities in 106 locations.

Outstanding research success was the main driver behind the improvement.

University of Southern Queensland’s original research information (citations) jumped more than 60 places to secure a place among the world’s leading 150 universities.

The University also performed well in international indicators, reflecting internationalisation and global reach.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the exceptional result reflected a commitment to world-changing research and an increasing impact on a global stage.

“We are proud to receive this recognition while meeting the needs of our communities,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“From innovations in health, agriculture and regional development to breakthrough space and defence research of national significance, the University of Southern Queensland is a research and educational leader.

“To place 396th in the 2025 QS World University Rankings is a testament to our dedicated staff who deliver world-class research, a broad education program, and meaningful engagement with our communities.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor John Bell said the outcome reinforced the University’s strong research performance.

“Our significant rise in the rankings, particularly in research citations, showcases the outstanding research being conducted at the University of Southern Queensland,” Professor Bell said.

“The result is a clear demonstration of our researchers’ dedication to advancing knowledge and making meaningful contributions to society.”

The 2025 edition of the QS World University Rankings reflects changes in methodology that prioritise student-relevant issues like sustainability and employability.

The ranking result follows the news that the University’s bachelor degree graduates earn the highest undergraduate full-time median annual salary in Australia, according to the 2023 Graduate Outcomes Survey published last week.