We know Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia create innovations built on great science strengths, so we’re always pleased to see this confirmed!

Eight of our region’s universities placed in the top 100 for life sciences in the recently released 2014-2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This ranking judges world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking employs 13 calibrated performance indicators to provide a comprehensive and balanced comparison.

Despite their small size, seven Australian and one Singaporean university made it into the top 100, an excellent reason for innovation-focused companies to take note of these areas. These two countries and New Zealand also rated in the top 10 for their ‘bang for bucks‘ score, which relates the conversion of GDP to the number of universities that place in the top 200. This indicates high success at converting wealth into world-class institutions.

We regularly visit with these universities and with others we believe are on their way up. This helps us to find new technologies and ideas while they’re in early development, and shape partnering opportunities that work.

By Emma Armitage, Business Analyst, BioPacific Partners

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