Over the last few decades, Australia has emerged as a top destination for foreign students. This has been largely due to the excellent quality of the country’s universities and their commitment to offering a wide variety of courses in both regional and metropolitan areas. This diversity of university offerings has also made tertiary education a lucrative source of revenue for Australia’s economy.
Education is a sector that generates more than AU$40 billion annually in revenue for the Australian economy, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Education exports generated $40.3 billion (Australian dollars) in 2019, which fell to $31.7 billion in Covid-19 impacted by 2020, as per official data.
Let’s take a look at the top five universities of Australia:
ANU, also known as The Australian National University is a well-regarded institution at which students are easily noticed by high-ranking individuals in their respective fields. Its international appeal, combined with its location in Australia’s capital city of Canberra helps it stand out against the other universities that compete for students who want to pursue an educational background there.
Founded in 1946, the Australian National University’s main campus is merely a 10 minute walk from the heart of Canberra. In collaboration with more than 170 universities and institutions around the globe, ANU represents global collaborations in education and research. ANU has available nearly 300 programs, many at a postgraduate level, while boasting over 6000 international students that make up its student body. The university provides presence across all sorts of industry verticals which range from history to computer science, accounting and finance to statistics, geography to performing arts among other areas.
The University of Sydney was founded in 1850 as a public education system of higher learning. It offers over 300 university-wide programs and degrees, many of which are postgraduate degrees.
The university has had more than 320,000 alumni since it was first established. The classes taught at this institution range from law to business and engineering to science among others. Its degree program in architecture ranked 41st in the world by QS rankings while its graduate program went on to rank 35th in the world by QS Worlds Elite Universities ranking.
The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s most highly ranked universities. It boasts a rich history dating back to the days of the gold rush and has a student population in excess of 85,000 people making it one of the largest universities in all of Australia.
Students can study in excess of 410 programs including 68 in arts and humanities, 70 in life sciences and engineering among more than 400 others. The university prides itself on having state-of-the-art facilities and research labs designed to push the boundaries within their respective departments.
UNSW is a world-leading academic and research institution that was established in 1949. It offers more than 250 courses across its various degree programs and boasts 64,000 students from over 130 countries and an alumni community of over 300,000. The university has been ranked 45th by the QS world rankings for 2023 and is widely known for its research specializations as well as its undergraduate and postgraduate education.
The UNSW, one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in Australia with an excellent international profile spanning many fields of research, has a strong commitment to several areas including renewable energy, creating technologies to increase access to education, working on the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, as well as developing quantum computing. The University also works hard to create engineering and technology-based solutions to environmental and social challenges via their Alternative Fuels initiative. They are home to Australia’s largest and best-equipped clean energy research facility.
One of Australia’s premier universities, Queensland University enables discovery in six faculties composed of more than 325 programs across the humanities, social sciences, law and medicine among others. With a body of 21,000 students and over 1,500 bound researchers in our global research institutes (including the equal-largest concentration of international researchers at an Australian university) – Queensland University has 6 globally recognized research institutes and over 100 centers which champion excellence and pioneer global opportunities for interdisciplinary discoveries.
A member of the Group of Eight Universities in Australia as well as a founding member of Red Global de Universidades, UQ enables its leading researchers to pioneer enough pioneering work to revolutionize science in fields ranging from medicine to quantum mechanics.