RESEARCHERS at Southern Cross University were patting themselves on the back after receiving top marks in an independent study into tertiary eduaction.
The university was given the rating 'well above world standard' in six research areas in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 national report.
Southern Cross University (SCU) received the 'well above world standard' rating in the fields of forestry science, geochemistry, zoology, earth science, agricultural science and veterinary science.
Additionally, it also received 'above world standard' ratings for nursing and biological sciences, cementing the schools reputation as an internationally recognised research facility.
This means that SCU rates as one of the top two Australian universities for crop and pastoral production and in the top three universities for zoological research.
SCU vice chancellor Professor Peter Lee said that it showed off the university's diverse research capabilities.
"This is a tremendous result and I congratulate all the research and support staff who have contributed to this success," Prof Lee said
"Southern Cross University has placed a strong emphasis on building its research capacity and these results are evidence of the contribution we are making both regionally and internationally."
Vice chancellor of research Professor Neal Ryan was also pleased with the exceptional result.
"Southern Cross Uni provides an outstanding example of the capacity of regional universities to contribute to Australia's high quality world research," he said.
The ERA 2012 report reviews research at all Australian universities and provides comparisons relative to world standards.