Australia is home to academic institutions which have established repute in the comity of nations and stands out as a country with the political will to drive home sustainable policies in the educational sector. Generally, International students seek for the best universities in Australia. This is as a result of the prestige attached to universities in Australia and her products/alumni. The following universities will be considered:
Australian National University (ANU)
ANU is a national research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is the only university to be created by the Parliament of Australia. Founded in 1946, it is regarded as one of the world’s leading research universities and ranked 1st in Australia and the whole of Oceania. It is 24th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and 49th in the world (second in Australia) by the 2019 Times Higher Education.
University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. The university has around 47,000 students, including more than 12,000 international students, has been associated with nine Nobel Prize winners – the most from any Australian university. Melbourne comprises 11 separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute. It is ranked sixth in the world according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. Established in 1949, it has produced more millionaires than any other Australian university (according to the Spear’s Wealth Management Survey) and partners with over 200 universities around the world. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings UNSW was ranked globally as 45th overall (3rd in Australia and 2nd in New South Wales), joint 10th in the world for Accounting and Finance (1st in Australia), 16th for law (4th in Australia), and 11th in civil and structural engineering (1st in Australia). In the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UNSW was ranked in the 101-150th bracket and 7-8th in Australia.
University of Queensland (UQ)
It is a public research university primarily located in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, Australia. It was founded in 1909 by the state parliament. UQ is Australia’s fifth oldest university. UQ incorporates over one hundred research institutes and centres, such as the Boeing Research and Technology Australia Centre, the Australian Institute for Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology and the UQ Dow Centre. Recent research achievements of the university include pioneering the invention of the HPV vaccine that prevents cervical cancer and the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs. UQ is ranked as the 48th most reputable university in the world. UQ notable alumni also include the first female Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce and so on.
University of Sydney
It is the oldest Australian university, having been established in 1850. It is an Australian public research university in Sydney, Australia. Its campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph. Five Nobel and two Crafoord laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates. The university has educated seven Australian prime ministers, two Governors-General of Australia, nine state governors and territory administrators, and 24 justices of the High Court of Australia, including four chief justices. Sydney has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars and several Gates Scholars. In terms of alumni wealth, the number of wealthy Sydney alumni was ranked fifth outside the United States, behind Oxford, Mumbai, Cambridge and LSE according to the ABC NEWS. Business magazine Spear’s placed the University of Sydney 44th in the world and 2nd in Australia in its table of “World’s top 100 universities for producing millionaires”.
It is a public research university located in Melbourne and was founded in 1958 which makes it the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. The university is very present outside Australia, operating a Malaysia campus as well as international centres in Italy, India and China. Monash is home to major research facilities, including the Monash Law School, the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres and 17 co-operative research centres. In 2018, QS World ranked Monash University 2nd globally for Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and 26th globally for Law.
University of Western Australia (UWA)
It is a public research university in the Australian state of Western Australia established by an act of the Parliament. It was founded in 1911 and is located in Perth as Western Australia’s first university. It is the sixth oldest university in Australia. Alumni of UWA include one Prime Minister of Australia (Bob Hawke), five Justices of the High Court of Australia (including one Chief Justice, Robert French, now Chancellor), one Governor of the Reserve Bank (H. C. Coombs), various federal cabinet ministers, and seven of Western Australia’s eight most recent premiers. In 2018 alumnus mathematician Akshay Venkatesh was a recipient of the Fields Medal. UWA now ranked in the global top 100 in joint 93rd place.
University of Adelaide
It was established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university’s main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, Australia. The university operates several associated and independent research institutes and groups. These include the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, the Hanson Institute for Medical Research, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia’s total Nobel laureates, and 109 Rhodes scholars. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology. It went up sixteen places to rank joint 109th in 2018.
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
It is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Although its origins are said to trace back to the 1870s, the university was founded in its current form in 1988. The university is regarded as one of the world’s leading young universities (under 50 years old), ranked 1st in Australia and 10th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The University continues to improve its ranking position, now ranked 176th in the world, up 17 places from last year. The 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked UTS graduates 6th most employable in Australia and 64th in the world.
University of Newcastle (UON)
The University of Newcastle (UoN), informally known as Newcastle University, is an Australian public university established in 1965. It has a primary campus in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The university also operates campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore, Newcastle CBD and Sydney CBD. UON is particularly well-regarded for the subjects of mining engineering, architecture, nursing and sociology.