Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

21 March 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture lifts world ranking

Congratulations to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tasmania for lifting its world ranking in the subjects of Agriculture and Forestry.

The TIA is a joint venture between the Hodgman Liberal Government and the University of Tasmania. TIA employs 130 scientists, educators and technical experts to deliver impact-focused research, development and extension to benefit the Tasmanian agriculture industry.

The TIA has been ranked in the top 100 agricultural universities internationally by the QS World University Ranking by subject and puts UTAS in the 51-100 bracket for these subjects. This is an improvement on last year’s ranking in the 100-150 bracket.

Agricultural research, development and extension is a vital part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s AgriFood Plan and our vision to grow the value of agriculture tenfold by 2050.

TIA receives $5 million annually from the Tasmanian Government and also attracts substantial external funding from nationally competitive funds, with a research portfolio now valued in excess of $72 million.

We are extremely proud of the world-class research being undertaken by the TIA which was also recently ranked as the number one agricultural research institute in Australia.

The TIA is not a large school by international standards but this improved ranking against some of the biggest institutes in the world is a reflection of their quality staff, their innovative programs and quality teaching that attracts students from around the world.

And we also want Tasmania’s international reputation for assisting farmers to innovate, adopt new technologies and improve on-farm productivity to grow even further.

During 2017 we are working closely with farmers, TIA, researchers and agribusiness to develop a white paper Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050 which will set a new direction for advancing agricultural research in Tasmania.

It is also another example of the Hodgman Liberal Government building and investing in Tasmania’s future, be world innovators in agriculture and to create more jobs in regional Tasmania.

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