Established in 1971, Griffith University is one of the world's leading universities based on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Australia. It is a member of the Innovative Research Universities of Australia (IRUA). It has become a "United Nations University Associated Institution" - the first in Australasia.

Griffith has its faculties and schools organised into the following study areas: Arts, languages and criminology; Business; Education; Engineering and information technology; Environment, planning and architecture; Health; Law; Music; Science; Visual and creative arts. It also has several independent academic centres, colleges and institutes: Centre for Environment and Population Health; Centre for Financial Independence and Education; Griffith English Language Institute; to name a few.

The University's teaching and research strengths include: Asian politics, security and development; Criminology; Climate change adaptation; Drug discovery and infectious diseases; Sustainable tourism; Health; Water science; Music, the Arts and the Asia Pacific.

The university offers Australia's first environmental science and Asian studies degrees.

Rankings:

- A Top 300 University in the world, ranked 291st globally in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2009. This places Griffith within the top five per cent of all universities in the world. It is also placed in the top 200 for Social Sciences, 268th for Arts and Humanities, and 294th for Natural Sciences.

- 28th among Top institutions in Oceania (Webometrics 2009).

- 309th in 2007 and 325th in 2008 (THE-QS Rankings).

- In 2008, Griffith was the number one Australian university destination for students from 28 countries, including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Japan, etc.

- Rated the 5th smartest and most innovative company in Australia by 'Business Review Weekly'.

- Griffith Law School has been ranked 66th in the Social Science Research Network's list of 100 Top International Law Schools.

- Placed among the top 100 universities in the world for Accounting research ("Accounting and Finance" 2007 issue). It is ranked 7th in the nation and ahead of UWA, Adelaide and ANU.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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