The Group of Eight (Go8) is made up of the 8 leading research universities in Australia, and these are also the highest ranked universities in Australia, and the ones that perform best in Global University rankings too with all 8 members in the top 100 World Universities in most rankings. Around 99% of research conducted by Go8 members is considered ‘World Class’ and they receive around 75% of Australian Government research funding through the Australian Competitive Grant (category 1). A ‘Group of Eight’ company was formed in 1999 to represent their interests and the market themselves as ‘Australia’s leading universities’
Members of the Group of Eight prestigious universities
- Australian National University
- Monash University
- The University of Adelaide
- The University of Melbourne
- The University of Queensland
- The University of Sydney
- The University of Western Australia
- UNSW Sydney
The members are distributed fairly evenly across the main cities in Australia with 2 in both Sydney and Melbourne, one in Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
The Go8 students are about 25% of all students in Australia, with a total student population of over 350,000. Of International students studying in Australia, about 1 in 3 is enrolled at a Go8 member, totaling over 100,000 students. Over half the doctors, dentists and vets in Australia are Group of Eight Graduates.
A 2018 report suggested the Go8 contributed $66 Billion dollars to the Australian economy each year, supporting over 50,000 jobs. The international student fees in 2018 were about $18 billion.
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