Global rankings showcase UQ’s strengths in business, economics and law

22 Mar 2016

For the second consecutive year, UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) received outstanding results in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Law and accounting and finance were among the 19 UQ ‘subjects’, or study areas, that ranked inside the global top 50.

Law rose from 49th to 45th in the world, cementing the TC Beirne School of Law’s solid global reputation. Accounting and finance climbed to 26th in the world, showcasing the UQ Business School’s teaching and research strengths in this discipline.

Business and management studies and economics and econometrics both ranked in the 51-100 bracket for 2016.

BEL Faculty Executive Dean, Professor Iain Watson, said the 2016 rankings highlighted the faculty’s world-class business, economics and law programs.

“We strive to offer programs that are informed by the latest research and inspire our students to go out and create change,” he said.

“The QS World University rankings are highly competitive, making our results all the more impressive.

“Year on year, we perform strongly across all of our subject areas.”

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s top-ranked subjects deserved their national and international acclaim.

 “Our globally strong performance in these subjects is a reflection of UQ’s hard work in areas where we can create change,” he said.

Professor Høj said it was gratifying that UQ had high-ranking QS subjects across the wide span of the University’s endeavour.

“UQ’s quality teaching and research takes place across a comprehensive range of top-rated disciplines, with an enviable breadth not enjoyed by all universities,” he said.

“This interdisciplinary strength is a great asset to UQ researchers and students.”

The global rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

QS assessed 42 subject areas in 2016, with 37 UQ subject areas featuring in the top 100.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject – published annually since 2011 – highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual subject areas.

This year QS evaluated 4226 universities in more than 60 countries.