You may have seen the billboard on the Haydon Drive/Radford College corner of the University which until this week proclaimed ‘UC RANKS IN TOP 150 UNDER 50.’ And you may have wondered what that’s about. Well wonder no more.

The University of Canberra was ranked in the 101-150 band of the 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50. Simple, but still a big deal. Mainly because UC has existed as a university for just 25 years, only slightly older than the majority of its students.

In past years the THE Ranking stopped at 100 and UC has not featured before. The ranking considers each universities performance in the areas of teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Also in the 101-150 band are compatriots Edith Cowan University in Western Australia and Central Queensland University.

In the full 2015-16 THE World University Rankings, UC sits at 501-600, its first appearance on the list of 800 institutions. The full rankings weight reputation more heavily than the Under 50 ranking.

Outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Parker, said this ranking is further proof of the growing prestige of the University.

“Our entry into a further ranking of top world young universities is a clear sign that we are making real-world breakthroughs in research, producing high-calibre graduates and having an impact in industry, both nationally and internationally,” he said.

This year, UC also appeared in the 551-600 band in the QS World Universities Rankings 2015/16. It has remained fairly steady on their list of 800 institutions, in the 601-650 band in 2013/14, and the 651-700 band in 2014/15.

UC also ranks in the 91-100 band of the QS University Rankings Top 50 Under 50 2015.