The Australian Group of Eight, or ‘Go8’, is a coalition of the 8 leading research-intensive tertiary education institutions in Australia. These are typically the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country – each is consistently ranked among the top 150 universities in the world, with 5 currently ranked in the top 50. In terms of numbers, the Go8 collectively educate the highest proportion of students in Australia, including international students, and particularly those studying in postgraduate programmes; its faculty are frequent recipients of awards for teaching excellence; and it receives the highest number of research grants and has the highest research output in the country. The Go8 collectively makes the tertiary education sector’s highest contribution to Australia’s national growth and global influence.
A student attending any one of the Go8 member-universities is thus assured top-quality education, with excellent teachers and academic infrastructure. Furthermore, international graduates of a Go8 university are ranked highly in terms of employability and global leadership – and are thus benefited all-round.
The Hurray Overseas Education Counselling team introduces you, as a potential international student, to each of the Go8 universities.
Australian National University
Located in Australia’s national capital of Canberra, ANU is ranked number 1 nationally, and 29th globally. It is ranked 33rd for Arts and Humanities, and has secured top ranks for several of its individual taught subjects as well, including Anthropology, Politics and International Studies, Development Studies, Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, History, and Law and Legal Studies. With a relatively low student population of 18000, including 8000 internationals, it is ranked highly in terms of its low teacher-student ratio.
University of Melbourne
UniMelb, established in 1853, is one of the oldest universities in the country. It is ranked 2nd in Australia and 38th worldwide. It is considered the best in Australia for several of its taught subjects, including Computer Sciences, Biological Sciences, Economics and Econometrics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and English Language and Literature. It has an international student population of 18000. It is benefited in terms of its location in Melbourne, which is consistently voted as the world’s most liveable city, and scores highly in terms of employer activity.
University of Sydney
The University of Sydney founded 1850, is Australia’s first university. It is currently ranked 43rd worldwide, and thus 3rd in Australia – its top-ranked subjects include Philosophy, Geography, Communication and Media Studies, Law and Legal Studies, Natural Sciences, and Politics. It boasts of one of the largest international student populations of any Australian university, with 25000 out of 46000 students falling into this category. Its campus has also been voted as one of the world’s most beautiful!
University of New South Wales
UNSW is also located in Sydney. It currently enjoys a world rank of 43 and a national rank of 4. It has a strong disciplinary reputation in terms of the STEM subjects, and is ranked first in Australia for the subjects of Civil and Structural Engineering, Materials Science and Mechanical and Aeronautical Manufacturing, among others. It caters to an international student population of about 17000. Furthermore, Sydney has itself been ranked as one of the world’s top 10 cities for international students, with UNSW thus benefitting from its infrastructure, safety, employer activity and diversity.
University of Queensland
UQ, ranked 48th and thus rounding out Australia’s presence in the world’s Top 50 Universities, boasts of several top-ranked subjects, including Nursing, Sociology, Earth and Marine Science, Anthropology, Agriculture and Forestry, and Statistics and Operational Research. It is located in the city of Brisbane, and has an international student population of 15400. UQ has close ties with India – it has instituted scholarships exclusively for the benefit of Indian students, such as the HASS Scholarships for Excellence and the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Indian Scholarship.
Another top university located in Melbourne, Monash University is consistently ranked among the top 1% universities of the world – currently standing in 58th place. It is the 2nd oldest university in Australia. It is top-ranked, for its faculties of Pharmacology, Education and Training, Nursing, Social Sciences and Management, and Performing Arts. With a population of over 30000 international students, it can boast of the largest and most diverse global representation in the country.
University of Western Australia
UWA, currently ranked 86th in the world, is not only a Go8 university, but also one of only 2 Australian universities in the Worldwide University Network. It has the 7th best faculty in the world for Mining and Mineral Engineering, with its Anatomy and Physiology, Performing Arts, Earth and Marine Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, and Sports-related subjects, ranked in the Top 50. It has 2 campuses located in 2 major cities i.e. Perth and Albany, and like ANU, has a relatively small student population of 18000 including 5000 internationals.
University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide, located in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, was founded in 1874, and is currently ranked 106th worldwide – it is thus yet another one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It boasts of high ranks for several of its subjects, 4 of which have made it to the top 50 – namely, mineral and mining engineering, dentistry, nursing and veterinary sciences. 8000 of its 21000 students are international.
You can choose from a range of subjects and work towards your goal starting now. Why wait till all of this is over. You can begin by taking up the IELTS and PTE training online. If you are a student who prefers a one-one- one session then you can definitely opt for personalized coaching. However if you are comfortable with group coaching you can choose that too. In fact if you are short on time and need a quick brush up of your skills you can opt for the crash courses. You can find more information about our online training you check out our blog on Online IELTS And PTE Training - Preparing Amidst The Corona Epidemic!
For more information on the Go8 universities, check out our individual university profile blog-posts, as well as the one on Top 5 Universities in Australia for International Students.
If you’d like to look into seeking admission to any of the same, the Hurray Overseas Education Consultant team is available for assistance for Study In Australia or any other country. Reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 8971357928, for more details.
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