Monash tops Asia-Pacific for pharmacy subject

New university rankings have placed Monash University second in the world and first in Australia and the Asia-Pacific for pharmacy and pharmacology

The 2017 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject has ranked Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, second in the world for its subject Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

It has also placed Monash at number one in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

While the Australian university ranked fourth in the world last year, Monash is now just one rank behind the United States’ Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), which has retained its top spot.

The QS rankings are based on a series of qualitative measures, with academic reputation comprising 40% of the ranking.

Employer reputation comprises 10% and quantitative measures of research excellence such as citations and staff H-indexes account for 50%.

The 2017 QS assessment of Monash’s Pharmacy and Pharmacology subject included a perfect score of 100 for the academic reputation indicator, as well as strong scoring in citation metrics.

The Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor William Charman, says the ranking is recognition of the faculty’s strong international reputation across research and undergraduate and post-graduate programs.

“Our consistently high ranking reflects the fabulous work being undertaken in education development, professional engagement and our many high impact, internationally-focused research programs,” Professor Charman says.

“Outcomes such as this are the result of a long-term strategic commitment to excellence by all our very talented professional, academic and research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students.”

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  1. pagophilus

    Meaningless survey. Still heavily research-weighted. Most employers (only 10% weighting) couldn’t care about research or citations.

    Ask employers what they think of Monash students (and all others as well to make it fair) on placement. Give that a 50% weighting and research 10%.

    • Michael Buxton

      The survey looks at both undergraduate and postgraduate hence the higher weighting given to research. The target of these surveys is primarily the post graduate market as well as the universities and their employees.

      The other surveys that are currently used focus on the students and graduates focussing on starting incomes, percentage employed etc.

      An employer-focussed survey such as what you are looking for doesnt currently exist. This would seem to be the purvey of the Guild and could be used to guide curriculum to produce graduates with the skill set and knowledge desired by employers.

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