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Group of Eight {Go8} – Australian Research Universities

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Most study abroad destinations have a select group of leading universities {Russell Group} that support much of the countries research output. Typically, these universities feature prominently on various global education ranking indexes. The location of these research-based universities allow students choice and flexibility when selecting their preferred study destination as the majority of cities feature a highly ranked university specialising in a specific research field. Please note, if you are studying at an undergraduate level ‘Research’ will not feature as part of your studies; therefore, the additional expense may not be justified.

In Australia the most prestigious universities have formed a collective known as the ‘The Group of Eight {Go8}’. The universities included in the Go8, and their location can be found below:

  1. University of Melbourne {Melbourne, Victoria}

2. Australian National University {Canberra, ACT}

3. University of Sydney {Sydney, New South Wales}

4. University of Queensland {Brisbane, Queensland}

5. University of Western Australia {Perth, Western Australia}

6. University of Adelaide {Adelaide, South Australia}

7. Monash University {Melbourne, Victoria}

8. UNSW Sydney {Sydney, New South Wales

{The list above is not arranged in ranking order}

The Go8 was founded in 1999 and currently headquartered in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. The Go8’s primary focus is producing research aimed at promoting the long-term national higher education objectives and developing long-term international alliances with overseas universities and industry.

The Go8 are the highest ranked universities in Australia and all feature in the world’s top 150 universities; the ranking guides include: The QS World University Rankings {QS}, The Academic Ranking of World Universities {ARWU} and The Times Higher Education Rankings {THES}.

For students wanting to secure admission in a medical, engineering or IT related discipline the Go8 educates more than 50% of all IT, medicine and engineering students in Australia.

For those completing a research or PhD program in Australia the Go8 award 35% of all postgraduate and 50% of all PhD’s annually. Whilst studying at a Go8 students will also benefit from the country’s highest completion and pass rate.

As a collective the Go8 received 70%+ of all Category 1 research funding in Australia. The Go8 were most commonly selected where research is required in areas of national and strategic importance. Consequently, each year the Go8 spends over $6.5 billion AUD on research. Given Australia’s geographic size; 26 million residents, the investment in research output represents a significant spend per capita when comparisons are made to other study abroad destinations.

A recent report cited the Go8 were significant contributors to Australia’s overall economy, $66 billion AUD per year. The Go8 directly and indirectly support over 75,000 jobs in Australia with some Go8 members generating income streams which exceed $1 billion AUD per annum. Consequently, the Group of Eight have formed strong links with other well known research based groups overseas including: U15 {Canada}, Russell Group {UK}, C9 {China}, and Ivy League Universities {US}.

The Go8 are responsible for educating over 450,000 students; this number represents over 25% of all university educated students in Australia. The Go8 attract 160,000+ international students from a diverse range of nationalities each year, India and China being the most popular.

Australia provides amazing opportunities for those wanting to experience more than just education. For those who perform well jobs and additional research will allow them to live and remain in Australia following their gradation.


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