Australian National University is
recognized as the best university in the country-continent.
The university has consistently been placing in good ranks
within lists of no other than global university ranking
systems Times Higher Education Supplement and Shanghai Jiao
To date, some of its staff and several
alumni are Nobel laureates.
Established through a legislative act of the Parliament in
1946, Australian National University (the only local
university put up by federal legislation) has been
instituted as a research and public teaching university.
It was founded to primarily conduct
and promote significant research in the country. The campus is located at the
national capital city of Canberra in the Australian Capital
Advanced Studies for
post-graduate degree offerings. Undergraduate
degrees are offered through the colleges of Arts and
Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Engineering
and Computer Science,
Law, Science, Medical and
Health Science, and Asia and the Pacific (for
studies focusing about cultures in the region).
This university has seven distinct
colleges offering undergraduate courses and an Institute of
There are also 14
university centers, which are organized structures that draw
resources from the Institute and Faculties.
The huge campus is covering areas in Canberra and the nearby
suburb of Acton.
The area adjoins native bushlands of Lake
Burley Griffin and Black Mountain. Within the center are
located eight of the university’s nine affiliated colleges
and halls. One hall is distinctly situated at Northbourne
Avenue, within another suburb, Braddon.
To date, Australian National University is being governed by
a council, which consists of 15 members. It has also been an
active member institution of some cooperative networks and
which include the Association of
Pacific Rim Universities, the Group of Eight, the
International Alliance of Research Universities, and the
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
of education provided is best demonstrated and
attested by the success and popularity of some of
its notable alumni.
No less than Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd heads the roster of Australian National
university’s academic leaders also include some of
the best and most recognized in many disciplines,
including astronomer Bart Bok, mathematician Hanna
Neumann, and historian Manning Clark.
To keep up with the times, Australian National University is
constantly adapting innovations and breakthroughs. The
university now has online systems that facilitate effective
services for teaching. It has launched Web Access To
Teaching and Learning Environments or WATTLE, a new
framework aimed at bringing together modern online systems
for teaching and learning.
WATTLE is now used to facilitate and support distance
education courses. The first flexible program to use this
system is Green ICT Strategies, which is now one of the
popular courses offered by the university. Australian
National University is obviously and logically poised to
move further, addressing the challenges of the modern times