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The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s eight leading research Universities - The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Australia.


The Go8 was incorporated in 1999, and its Directorate is based in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. We are focussed on, and are a leader in, influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing international alliances.



In world rankings Go8 Universities are consistently the highest ranked Australian Universities. All Go8 member Universities are ranked in the top 200 institutions worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (ARWU), the Times Higher Education World Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS).


The QS university rankings by subject rate all Go8 law schools in the top 100, with six in the top 50 and four in the top 20.


All Go8 universities have at least one field of engineering ranked in the top QS 100, and all are in the top 100 for medicine, psychology and education.



Go8 receives 73% of Australian Competitive Grant funding, employs 80% of university researchers, produces 60% of research publications, generates 80% of the most highly cited university publications and had the largest proportion of research fields rated at 4 or 5 ( ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard) in the most recent Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) exercise.


Each year the Go8 spends some $6 Billion on research – more than $2 Billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research.

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Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a policy group comprising six Australian universities; Charles Darwin University, James Cook University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Flinders University, Murdoch University. IRU is actively engaged in integrating Australia’s education and research with the world around us and improving outcomes both domestically and internationally. IRU members lead the way in collaborative teaching, language, research and policy initiatives.


IRU universities:

  • universities rank in the top 500 Universities in the world (Times Higher Education Rankings 2015)

  • enroll 14% of low SES undergraduate population

  • educating 19% of indigenous students enrolled at university

  • provide 19% regional and remote undergraduate students with excellent education

  • 83% of all research ranked at world standard or above (Excellence in Research for Australia 2015)

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The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) brings together five of the most innovative and enterprising universities in Australia: QUT, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia and Curtin University. 


The ATN is recognised as a global leader of a new generation of universities focused on industry collaboration, real-world research with real-world impact and produce work-ready graduates to become global thinkers in business and the community.


Fast Facts:

  • Collectively, the ATN educates 20% of Australia’s graduates and are the destination of choice for 22% of Australia’s international students.

  • Since 2010, 70% of the ATN’s research funding has come from industry.

  • Over $1 billion is annually invested on real-world research and experimental development.

  • As a group of universities, ATN research is recognised internationally with 93% of assessed research ranked at world class or above in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 initiative.

  • The ATN run Australia’s only Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC), an industry focused initiative in research training.

  • The ATN are leading participants in Australia's Cooperative Research Centres linking government, industry and researchers.

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