July 18, 2017

Top Australian Universities

In the past, there have been different ways of evaluating which would be regarded as Australia’s top universities. These include the international rankings systems, the domestic rankings, the government classifications, and the general perception of Australians.

In this context, what are regarded as the top universities in Australia are usually those that have been established the longest. For example, ranking among the toppers are the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest universities. These two join with six other top Australian Universities to form the ‘Group of Eight’ – usually termed the top Australian Universities.

What’s the topmost University In Australia?
There is no “best” university in Australia. Different universities excel in different areas. Popularity of the university depends on individual preferences and perceptions. All universities in Australia are government-accredited and internationally recognized.

There is no official ranking of Australian universities. A student has to select the best institution depending on his qualifications, grades and course he wishes to pursue. He must also take into account budget, existing visa regulations, location, climate.

Melbourne Institute International Standing of Australian Universities in 2005
This table shows the 2005 standardized rankings in descending order from a quantitative survey conducted by the Melbourne Institute on the international standing of Australian universities. The Institute examined variables including the international standing of staff, graduate programmes, undergrad intake, undergrad programmes, resources etc.

  • Australian National University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Queensland
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Western Australia
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • Flinders University of South Australia
  • La Trobe University

The Melbourne Institute is operated by the University of Melbourne
Lets have a look at a brief description about some of the best universities of Australia:

University of Western Sydney (UWS), Sydney:
With over 32,000 students, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is one of the largest universities. Over 2,800 international students from 70 different countries study at UWS each year. UWS is an energetic and rapidly growing university with six campuses located in the Sydney region

The University of Adelaide, Adelaide:
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s oldest and highest ranking universities. It is a member of the ‘Group of Eight’. There are more than 1,800 international students among the 14,000-strong student population.

Griffith University, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Queensland:
Griffith University, one of Australia’s leading universities has over 27,000 students including 4,000 students from over 80 nations.

University of Technology, Sydney:
The University of Technology, Sydney is well known as a leader of professional career-focused education and offers one of the most internationally recognized degrees in Australia.

Monash University Melbourne:
Monash University is one of the top Australian universities with its international focus, ground-breaking research and academic excellence. Monash has an excellent international reputation that attracts many students.
Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland:
Bond University is Australia’s first and largest private Australian university and has an excellent international reputation.

Another way of looking at ratings is to examine some of the groupings that have formed since the removal of the government controlled grouping system:

The group of eight is regarded as the group of top Australian universities and each of these universities is able to attract resources, students and personnel because of this reputation.
The group of eight consists of (not in ranking order):

  • The University of Adelaide
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia

Top Universities in Australia offering engineering/technical courses:
Importance has been given to funding, placements, research.

  • University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • RMIT University (Australia)
  • Victoria University of Technology
  • University of South Australia