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Message from the Vice Chancellor October 2017

The world university rankings season for 2017 came to a close in October with the release of the US News Best Global Universities ranking in which Griffith was placed at 265th globally and 2nd in South-East Queensland. This followed the National Taiwan University (NTU) rankings earlier in the month where Griffith was ranked at 366th in the world, 10th in Australia and 2nd in Queensland.

Aside from these institutional rankings, Griffith was ranked in the top 150 by US News and NTU across several field and subject rankings including: Social Sciences, Environment/Ecology, and Civil Engineering (NTU). In a separate ranking the Times HE also ranked Engineering and Technology in their top 150. The increasing number of top 300 outcomes for the University combined with the proliferation of outstanding field and subject rankings in 2017 provides validation that Griffith has become a more interesting and diverse institution where scale is accompanied by excellence.

It was another remarkable month for our students with a Griffith team placing second at the national final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge. The Challenge requires participants to research a publicly traded company, prepare a report and then present their findings to a panel of judges. This is fantastic industry recognition for our team of Griffith Business School (GBS) students - Alex Demeshko, Lorenzo Ciapetti, Caitlene Hillman (captain), David Forrest and Artem Zainitdino - and for their coach Dr John Fan from our Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

This is the fifth GBS team in the last six years that has succeeded in making the national finals of this prestigious competition.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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