Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian tertiary institutions, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. It was established informally as a network of vice-chancellors in 1994 and was formally incorporated in 1999.


The Australian National University is one of the world’s foremost research universities and  also one of Australia’s most research-intensive universities, with a high ratio of academic staff to students.

The University is located in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Its campus has over 200 buildings and occupies 145 hectares adjacent  to Canberra’s CBD. Its mandate was to undertake ‘postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance’. This national mission gives ANU a distinctive relationship with the Australian Federal Government.

ANU is consistently ranked 1st or 2nd in Australia by all major university rankings.  Five subjects also attained top ten world rankings, with politics and international studies placing 6th in the world, history 7th, geography 8th, linguistics 9th and philosophy 10th. In 2013, the university was placed 27th, 48th and 66th in the world by the QS, Times, and Shanghai rankings respectively.


Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. Monash has achieved an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence in a short 50 years.

The university has seven campuses, five of which are in Victoria (ClaytonCaulfieldBerwickPeninsula, and Parkville), one in Malaysia, and one in South Africa. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India and a graduate school in Jiangsu Province, China. Since December 2011, Monash has had a global alliance with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

Monash is ranked in the top 1 per cent of world universities. Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas and Monash University was ranked:

Discipline R1* R2*
Arts and Humanities 4 38 4 35
Business and Economics 5 39 4 34
Education 2 35 3 32
Engineering 4 28 5 28
Law 5 29 5 28
Medicine 3 14 4 13
Science 6 38 8 31


The University of Adelaide was founded in 1874. It has an established history of remarkable achievements including no less than 5 Nobel Prize Winners and 105 Rhodes Scholars. It continues to be a leader in research and teaching.

The QS World University Rankings for 2011 ranked the University of Adelaide 92nd in the world’s top 300 universities and in 2012, it was ranked 102nd. The popular course are  Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences.


The University of Melbourne is an Australian public university located in MelbourneVictoria. Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university. Times Higher Education ranks Melbourne as 34th in the world, while the QS World University Rankings places Melbourne 31st in the world.

The University of Melbourne (UM) has a 150-year tradition of excellence in research, teaching and community service. Students from all around the world come to study in a wide variety of fields offered. It has outstanding staff and facilities, as well as strong links with employers and the industry in general.

Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: arts and humanities; business and economics; education; engineering; law; medicine; and science, with Melbourne University as the highest in business, law and medicine by both academic surveys and overall performance.

Discipline R1[Note 1]
  1. [Note 2]
R2[Note 3]
Arts & Humanities 2 38 2 35
Business & Economics 1 39 1 34
Education 1 35 2 32
Engineering 1 28 3 28
Law 1 29 1 28
Medicine 1 14 1 13
Science 2 38 3 31


The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading universities in Australia and in Asia which established in 1949.  it is ranked among the top 60 universities in the world and 5th in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings

UNSW has two campuses. The main campus in Kensington is conveniently located in Sydney’s Eastern district. It is only 10 minutes away from some of Australia’s finest beaches and it is also only 15 minutes away from Sydney’s CBD.

U6University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public university located in the state of QueenslandAustralia. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest and largest university in Queensland and the fifth oldest in Australia. The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District.

The University of Queensland consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of world university rankings.

Publications 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
QS World University Rankings[12] 43.89 49 47 45 33 43 41 43 48 46 43


The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is Australia’s first university and one  of the largest universities in Australia.

The 2013-2014 QS World University Rankings placed the University of Sydney 38th and in the top 0.3% overall in the world.

The University of Sydney was ranked 8th in the world for Education, 9th in Accounting and Finance and 10th in Law. Additionally, Sydney was placed 12th in English Language and Literature, History and Archaeology, Linguistics and Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering, the highest in Australia of those subjects. Psychology at Sydney was ranked 14th, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, and Communication and Media were ranked 16th, and the Sydney Medical School was ranked 17th.

The Times-QS World University Ranking
Category/Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Overall 39 38 37 36 37 31 35 35
Arts and humanities 24 18 19 19 15 35 N/A N/A
Natural sciences 39 33 36 34 44 43 N/A N/A
Engineering and IT 40 40 44 40 41 41 N/A N/A
Social sciences 24 25 30 27 27 27 N/A N/A
Life sciences 21 18 19 19 27 23 N/A N/A


The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a young and dynamic university that offers a variety of high quality and specialised courses. It is one of the largest universities in Australia with over 37,000 students.

UWS have six campuses across Western Sydney, which stretches from Parramatta to the Blue Mountains. The most popular Parramatta campus is located only 30 minutes from Sydneys CBD.


The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a modern Australian University with excellent facilities. It has established a strong reputation for innovation and academic excellence across many disciplines. UTS is conveniently located in the centre of Sydney’s main CBD.


UOW is one of only four universities in Australia to score in the Band A in all four discipline groupings in the Federal Government’s 2009 ‘Learning and Teaching Performance Fund’.

UOW is located in a beautiful and inspiring learning environment. It is close to wildlife parks and beaches, and is only an hour’s drive from Sydney. 

Popular Courses:
Business related courses are by far the most popular amongst international students in Australia. This includes accounting, finance and marketing, as well as human resources, hotel management and actuarial studies.
Entry requirements ranges between courses and institutions but it is lower  than other courses. Furthermore, credit transfer and exemptions from past studies are commonly available for business courses.
Information Technology (IT)
There are more than 50 information technology (IT) related courses in Australia. Such as computer science and  information systems, computer engineering, computer programming and systems analysis. etc.
Entry requirements can depend on your academic background as well as your professional experience. However, there are courses available to cater for all levels. New and specialised courses are also being developed constantly in light of the advances in technology.
Arts and Social Sciences
Arts and Social Sciences is one of the most broadest field of studies. Some popular specialisations include translation, interpretation, education, languages and design. Other specialisations include media, music, communication, history, geography and archaeology- the list is almost endless.
You can also choose to combine an Arts and Social Sciences degree with another degree such as law or business.  Such combinations are quite popular as it can widen your career opportunities in the future.
Australia offers one of the best environments for the study of science as it has world class researchers and facilities. A variety of specialisations are available such as chemistry, physics and biotechnology as well as applied disciplines such as medicine, nursing and food science.
Australian institutions have a strong reputation in the field of engineering. Many Australian companies are involved in engineering so the discipline offers one of the best employment prospects for graduates. Students can choose to specialise in various forms of engineering including electrical, mechanic, civil, mining, environmental, telecommunication and more.