The Group of Eight –
Australia’s leading Universities;
leading excellence, leading debate
The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s eight leading research Universities – The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Australia.
The Go8 was incorporated in 1999, and its Directorate is based in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. The Go8 is focused on, and is a leader in, influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing international alliances.
In world rankings Go8 Universities are consistently the highest ranked Australian Universities. All Go8 member Universities are ranked in the top 200 institutions worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (ARWU), the Times Higher Education World Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS).
The QS university rankings by subject rate all Go8 law schools in the top 100, with six in the top 50 and four in the top 20.
All Go8 universities have at least one field of engineering ranked in the top QS 100, and all are in the top 100 for medicine, psychology and education.
The Go8 receives 73% of Australian Competitive Grant (Category 1) funding and had the largest proportion of research fields rated at 4 or 5 ( ‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard) in the most recent Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) exercise.
Each year the Go8 spends some $6 Billion on research – more than $2 Billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research.
Go8 International Connections
The Go8 has international alliances and agreements with Universities and research organizations in Brazil, China (with the C9), Chile, France, and Germany. It is a signatory to the prestigious Hefei statement which links the Go8 with elite University groups around the world.