One of the things that often concerns families when investigating moving to Tasmania, is the quality of education and the range of choices for University education.

Things in Tasmania have come a long way since the University days of Jo and I, when the only University was in Hobart and options in the rest of the State were very limited. The University of Tasmania or UTAS as it is branded and well known, is now far more highly ranked and has campuses in Hobart as well as in both Launceston and the North West Coast with its Cradle campus.

The below article reveals some very good news for Tasmania, with UTAS now being ranked far more highly in the world university rankings. And you should not forget that UTAS has a medical school and a very well regarded Maritime and Antarctic division.

Just because you choose to move to Tasmania for a better lifestyle for your family doesn’t mean the education of your children has to suffer.

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Courtesy of The Mercury

THE University of Tasmania has soared in a prestigious international assessment.

Tasmania’s only uni climbed to the top 251 to 300 bracket in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Last year it was placed in the 401-450 band.

The University of Melbourne was Australia’s highest entry on the list, coming in at number 33.

California Institute of Technology, known as CalTech, was named world’s best, followed by the University of Oxford, Stanford University and University of Cambridge.

The United States dominated the top bracket.

“Australia is the seventh most-represented country in the World University Rankings this year, boasting 31 in the top 800 an impressive 22 institutions in the top 400,” Rankings editor Phil Baty said.

“It seems that the country’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative, which launched in 2010 and evaluates universities on the quality of their research, is paying off.”

But Mr Baty warned that research and development spending fell to its lowest level in 30 years last year.

“This is promising news for the Australian sector, but the government will need to increase higher education funding if its universities are to sustain this performance,” he said.

“In 2014, research and development spending in the country dropped to its lowest level since 1984, 2.2 per cent of the Federal Budget.

“Australia will have to raise its game to ensure it can compete with the leading Western powerhouses of the US and the UK and rising stars in Asia that are heavily investing in research.”

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