Founded in 1946, Australian National University (ANU) is a top ranked teaching and research university located in Canberra, Australia. It is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8), the International Alliance of Research Universities, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.

The university offers a range of undergraduate programs, postgraduate studies and research through the ANU Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, Asia and the Pacific, Engineering and Computer Science, Law, Business and Economics, Physical Sciences, and Medicine, Biology and Environment.


- No. 1 in Australia (Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2006 - 2009). It is rated as the 17th best university in the world in 2009.

- 11th globally for social sciences, 12th for Arts and Humanities, 21st for natural sciences, 21st for Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 42nd for Engineering & IT (THE-QS Rankings 2009).

- No. 1 in Australia (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2004 - 2008). It is placed 59th in the world in 2008, and 57th globally in 2007.

- Awarded five star ratings for educational experience, graduate starting salary and positive graduate outcomes (The 2008 Australian Good Universities Guide).

- Ranked Number One in the southern hemisphere (ARWU and London Times Higher Education Supplement, 2008).

- ANU is ranked No. 1 in Australia, followed by Melbourne (2nd) and Sydney (3rd), according to the ranking of international standing of Australia’s 37 public universities (Melbourne University’s Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2007).

- No. 1 in the nation and 38th in the world (Newsweek’s Top 100 Global Universities, 2006).

* Suggested Reading: Top Universities in Australia
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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