Experts have rated Victoria University research as above world standard across several of its key research focus areas.
Results were released today from the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, which rates research quality in Australia's higher education institutions using indicators and reviews by internationally-recognised experts.
The results show Victoria University achieved the top ranking of 'well above world standard' (with an ERA rating of 5) in human movement and sports science, which includes elite athlete development, gait analysis in older people and diabetes research; electrical and electronic engineering, which includes research into control systems and signal and image processing and pharmacology and pharmaceutical science, including cancer and gene therapy research.
Victoria University's achievement of an ERA rating of 5 in electrical and electronic engineering and pharmacology and pharmaceutical science ranks it in the top four Australian universities in each of these research fields.
The University also ranked 'above world standard' (with an ERA rating of 4) in both applied mathematics and medical physiology.
Victoria University's Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Professor Warren Payne applauded researchers for their hard work and commitment.
He said the results were a positive sign for the effectiveness of the University's research strategy into the future.
"We are focusing investment and support structures around areas of distinctive specialisation and it is very pleasing to see we are ranked so highly for the quality of research in many of these areas."
A major part of the University's Strategic Plan is to become world renowned for research in several key areas, including sport, exercise and active living and disease prevention and management.
"The excellent results in these areas is strong evidence that we are on track to achieve our targets," Professor Payne said.
Meanwhile the University was ranked at "'world standard' (with an ERA rating of 3) in 10 other specific areas, including broad fields of research in engineering; medical and health sciences; language, communication and culture; creative arts and writing; and mathematical sciences.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said he was exceptionally pleased with the results.
"Our research institutes and centres are playing a major role in developing our research capability in areas of strategic focus," Professor Dawkins said.
He said while Victoria University was one of Australia's smaller research institutions it has a number of research areas performing above world standard and is, in a number of areas, outperforming more research intensive institutions. The University will continue to further develop and build its research capability.
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