Some of the best universities in the
world could be found in Australia. For quite some time, the
country-continent has been luring and attracting numerous
scholars and students from all around the world to come and
enroll at its flagship universities and model education
It is not surprising that some of the major
universities in Australia are considered the most reliable
and bankable in the entire Asia-Pacific region.
There are 14 major Australian
universities that are constantly included among the lists of
top universities globally. These are
Australian National University, University of
Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of
Queensland, University of Western Australia,
University of New South Wales, Macquarie University,
University of Adelaide, Flinders
University, James Cook University, University of
Newcastle, University of Tasmania, and University of
Wollongong.Different organizations are releasing annual
university rankings around the world.
Some of the
most popular and most credible are the Ranking Times
Higher Education Supplement Rankings, SHJT Academic
Ranking of World Universities, and Shanghai Jiao
Tong University World Rankings.
For the whole of Australia, Australian National
University has always topped Australia university
rankings. It is followed by University of Melbourne,
University of Sydney, and University of Queensland.
Notice that most of the major top
universities of the country are national or state
universities. This only shows that the local and federal
governments are all recognizing the role of education in
nation building. Australian National University has
placed 16th in the 2008 World Higher Education Supplement
is not bad considering that the university has to compete
with among all other major universities and colleges in
Europe, North America, and Asia. University of Sydney and
University of Melbourne are also doing good, ranking 37th
and 38th, respectively in the same listing.
comes to recognizing performance of top Australian
universities, there are specific groupings formed
since the elimination of a government controlled
system of grouping.
The Group of Eight consists of
Group 1 universities in former government grouping
system. It has the list of highest ranking
universities in the country based on different
significant factors and criteria.
comprises of Australian National University, University of
Adelaide, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland,
University of Sydney, Monash University, University of
Western Australia, and University of New South Wales.
Some of the top post-graduate business schools are also in
Australia. The Financial Times MBA World Top 100 includes
the Brisbane Graduate School of Management, University of
Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School, and Australian
Graduate School of Management (or AGSM, a joint center of
the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales).
Business magazine Asiaweek has its own rankings for MBA
schools in the region. Such a list includes the Australian
National University’s Australia Asia Management Center and
the Australian Graduate School of Management.