Australia has 43 universities, of which 40 are public universities, and two are international universities while a private university is. The Higher Education Support Act of 2003 has classified the Australian higher education system into universities, self-accredited colleges, and state-recognized colleges. Australian universities are categorized according to their characteristics, degree of research and their association with other universities. The list of top universities in Australia is the “Group of Eight” (Go8). The Go8 are research-intensive universities and some of the largest and oldest in Australia.
Australian National University
Australian National University (ANU) has its main campus and comprises seven teaching and research colleges. ANU was founded in 1946 and is the only university in the country founded by the Parliament. It was originally a postgraduate university but began undergraduate programs in 1960 when it integrated with Canberra University College. At present, the university enrols over 10,000 students and 10,800 postgraduate students and has a staff of 3,000. AUN is one of the top universities in the world, ranked by 26nd / 2020 QS World University Rankings.
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is an institution in Melbourne. It is one of the oldest universities in the country, founded in 1853. The institution is ranked 38th according to 2020 QS World University Rankings. The main campus of The University of Melbourne is located in Parkville and has other campuses. Since 1872, various residential colleges of the University are affiliated. The University consists of 11 separate academic units, which are linked to institutes and research centres. Several senior Australians, including four prime ministers and several governors-general, have graduated from the university
The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney is a research institute in Sydney founded in 1850. It is the first university in the country and is considered one of the best universities in Australia. The University of Sydney consists of 16 faculties and schools offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The university campus is ranked among the ten most beautiful universities in the world by the British Daily Telegraph. The University of Sydney was ranked 42th in the world in 2020 QS World University Rankings.
University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Australia in the suburbs of Kensington. The university was founded in 1949 and it is the founding university of the Go8. UNSW was ranked 43th by 2020 QS World University Rankings. The university has eight faculties offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is a flagship research facility found in Brisbane. It is one of the oldest and most selective universities in Australia, one of the most powerful universities in the world and the leading business and life sciences university in Australia. UQ was founded in 1909 with the main campus in St. Lucia, while the other locations are located throughout Queensland. UQ also has offices in the US.
Monash University is located in Melbourne and was founded in 1958, making it one of the oldest institutions in Australia. It enrols over 48,000 students and 20,000 postgraduates and has more applications than any other university in the country. The university houses major research facilities such as the Australian Stem Cell Center and other research centres. The university has five campuses in Victoria and one in Malaysia.
The University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia is one of the major research institutions in Perth and was founded in 1911 by the Western Australian Parliament Act. The institution is rated internationally by several publications. The Crawley campus sits on a large piece of land and has one of the iconic buildings (Winthrop Hall), which is the main attraction in Perth. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide was founded in 1874 as the third university in Australia. The institution is associated with five Nobel laureates and several Rhode scholars. The university has five campuses with the main campus in the city centre of Adelaide and also operates several independent research facilities. The University of Adelaide conducts extensive contract research and several collaborative works with local and international companies.