http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Gerritsen. New Zealand's latest evaluation of tertiary institutions' research has thrown up an unexpected winner. The Performance Based Research Fund results published today show that Victoria University of Wellington has the highest average score for its researchers, with the University of Auckland second and the former top University of Otago dropping to third. In the previous ranking, six years ago, Victoria was placed fourth, and its Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research) Professor Neil Quigley says the improvement is the result of a careful strategy to strengthen the quality of research at the university. Read more...