A coalition of the 8 leading universities in Australia:

Australian National University

Established in 1946, The Australian National University is one of the world’s most highly regarded universities. It has been consistently ranked as Australia’s leading university by The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education and by the QS World University Ranking, 2010.

ANU continues to attract some of the best students and staff from Australia and around the world. Its reputation for distinctive research is widely recognised, and its teaching programs are among the nation’s best. A culture of discovery and inquiry informs all aspects of research and education, including the University’s connections with the world’s top institutions. ANU enjoys a high ratio of academic staff to students, world-class facilities and an educational culture built on an all-pervading sense of discovery.

The University of Melbourne

Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement. Established in 1853, it is the oldest university in Victoria. It is a publicly funded institution with a number of closely affiliated research institutes, situated within the heart of a vibrant research precinct in Parkville, adjacent to the central business district.
Melbourne offers broad undergraduate degrees and world-leading graduate programs in professional and scholarly disciplines to over 40,000 students each year.

Melbourne’s outstanding performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education globally. It is currently ranked 6 in the Asia Pacific region, 75 world-wide on the Shanghai Jiao Tong scale and 51th in the Taiwan (HEEACT) ranking. In the Times Higher Education World’s Best University, it ranks 36th overall, 6th for employ-ability of its graduates, and 20th by international colleagues (peer review). Melbourne is the sole Australian university ranked among the top 30 for all five core subject areas, with three subject areas ranked in the top 20. Melbourne is a member of the Group of Eight research intensive universities.
University mission

The University of Sydney

Sydney’s research-led teaching provides education in its broadest sense, where the University’s 30,000 undergraduates are challenged to absorb and transform knowledge into unique new insights and breakthroughs. Studying alongside top researchers, and in some cases contributing to their research, exposes Sydney students to excellence – and challenges them to excel as leaders in whatever career field they choose.

Sydney’s provision of world-class teaching and research is bolstered by the contribution of international students, who make up around one-fifth of the student body. Students from 134 countries fill the University’s campuses. All students benefit from the lively campus life, close to the center of the city of Sydney and surrounded by some of its most cosmopolitan suburbs. Life at the University of Sydney is about much more than study – it’s about developing the whole person, inside and outside the classroom.

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. 45,500 students study at UQ, 11,300 are international. The University constantly strives to deliver excellence in the areas of Learning, Discovery and Engagement so UQ students graduate with an education that is not only comprehensive and high-quality, but is practical, relevant and globally minded.

The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading teaching and research universities in Australia. A founding member of the prestigious Group of 8 universities, UNSW is renowned for its academic reputation – continually amongst the highest ranked universities in Australia and currently ranked 46th in the world.

UNSW is a research powerhouse, with involvement in more than 100 groundbreaking research programs, from quantum computing to cancer research to interactive cinema. UNSW degrees are recognized around the world, and graduates are highly employable, commanding some of the highest starting salaries. As a result, more than half of New South Wales’ top HSC students consistently make UNSW their first preference, more than all other universities in the State combined.

Monash University

Established in 1958, Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight. In just over fifty years we have grown to become the largest university in Australia, renowned for our outstanding education, transformational research, global reach and extensive alumni network.

With more than 250,000 graduates across the world, campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, an education and research center in Italy and a joint-research academy in India, Monash is a global university with the ambition and ability to address momentous global challenges.

The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s leading universities and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. The University’s longer-term aim is to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world by 2050, continuing to play a vital role in scholarship and discovery of global significance. A dynamic and progressive university, UWA is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight partnership of leading Australian universities. UWA was Western Australia’s first university, enrolling its first students in 1913. It now has around 21,000 students enrolled across nine faculties – Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; and Natural and Agricultural Sciences – and the School of Indigenous Studies.

With an international reputation for excellence and enterprise, UWA’s strong research culture sees it attract high levels of competitive research funding and outstanding staff. High quality teaching and research ensure UWA remains the university of preference for Western Australia’s highest achieving school leavers, as well as attracting high-caliber undergraduate and postgraduate students from around the nation and overseas.

The University of Adelaide

Since its establishment in 1874 the University of Adelaide has been amongst Australia’s leading universities. Its contribution to the wealth and wellbeing of South Australia and Australia as a whole – across all fields of endeavour – has been enormous. Studying at the University of Adelaide means being part of a rich tradition of excellence in education and research, with world-class academic staff and a vibrant student life. Adelaide has a fine tradition of exemplary scholarship and ground-breaking research, and its unique relationship with industry and other organisations ensures that our research expertise is translated into tangible benefits for the global community.

Adelaide’s research is at the leading edge of knowledge, with research earnings consistently the highest per capita of any university in Australia. Analysis of the impact of publications and citations shows that the University of Adelaide is ranked in the top 1% in the world in 11 research fields. An innovative and forward-looking University, Adelaide has major strengths in wine and food, health sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, information technology and telecommunications, environmental sciences and social sciences.