What are the top ten universities in Australia? Generally we would consider the Group of Eight (Go8) members as amongst the top 8 institutions in the country, followed by another two prestigious universities (they can be Macquarie, Flinders, Wollongong, Newcastle, ...). Here we will look at major ranking publications to justify the top 10 list:

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ANU is the highest rated institution in the country, placed 1st nationally and 59th globally in 2008. Three schools are placed within the Global Top 100, the other two are Melbourne (73rd) and Sydney (97th). All the Go8 members and Macquarie University are placed in the top 9 positions, with another 5 schools rated equal 10th (they are Flinders, James Cook University, Newcastle, Tasmania and Wollongong).

According to the Times Higher - QS World University Rankings 2009, Go8 institutions are all rated in the top 8 nationally and in world's top 100, followed by Macquarie (189th) and RMIT (223rd).

According to the ranking of international standing of Australian universities by The Melbourne Institute in 2007, Go8 members occupied the top 8 positions, followed by Macquarie (9th) and Queensland University of Technology (10th).

View below for more information on the ranking profiles of some of the prestigious universities:

University of New South Wales
UNSW graduates earn the highest starting salary in the nation (median salary of first degree Australian graduates), according to The Australian Graduate Survey......

University of Melbourne
It is recognized as Australia's No. 1 research university, according to key indicators used by the Australian Government to allocate competitive research funding......

University of Adelaide
It was the first Australian university to admit women to science courses; the first university to establish a Conservatorium of Music in the country......

University of Western Australia
Placed among the world's top 100 institutions in THE-QS World University Rankings......

University of Queensland
Awarded the maximum five-star rating for student demand, student staff ratios, research grants, research intensivity......

University of Sydney
2nd in Australia and 83rd internationally in the HEEACT (Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan) rankings 2008......

Monash University
It has been placed Number One in Australia and 18th in the world in THES "World's top 100 institutions for Engineering and IT"......

Australian National University
Ranked Number One in the country and 38th in the world according to the Newsweek’s Top 100 Global Universities, 2006......

Macquarie University
Starting salaries for Macquarie graduates have been ranked among the highest in Australia by The Good Universities Guide......

Queensland University of Technology
Placed among the top 10 Australian universities for international standing (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2007)......

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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