The Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) is a public research university and member of the Group of Eight, located in Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The Australian National University (ANU) is a public research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Established in 1946, it is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. ANU is Australia's only national university, with over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled and more than 3,800 staff members driving research and learning excellence.

ANU is consistently ranked amongst the top 50 research universities in the world and is a member of the Group of Eight. It is ranked as the top university in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere by the 2022 QS World University Rankings and second in Australia in the Times Higher Education rankings. Compared to other universities in the world, it is ranked 27th by the 2022 QS World University Rankings and equal 54th by the 2022 Times Higher Education.

ANU comprises seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes. The university's endowment stood at A$1.8 billion as of 2018, and its faculty and alumni include six Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars. ANU has educated two prime ministers and more than a dozen current heads of government departments of Australia.


The Australian National University (ANU) was established in 1946 in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The idea for a national university had been proposed since 1900, but it wasn't until the 1940s that it became a reality. The university was built on land at the foot of Black Mountain, which had been set aside in the city designs by Walter Burley Griffin.

ANU was established with the aim of becoming a world-class research university, and it attracted some of Australia's most prominent scholars as its first faculty members, including Sir Howard Florey, Sir Mark Oliphant, Sir Keith Hancock, and Sir Raymond Firth. Sir Douglas Copland was appointed as the university's first Vice-Chancellor and former Prime Minister Stanley Bruce served as the first Chancellor. ANU was originally organized into four research schools, with additional faculties added in later years.

ANU has a history of student activism and has been at the forefront of several social and political movements. In recent years, the university has been particularly notable for its fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has been one of the most successful in the country. In 2014, ANU divested from two major fossil fuel companies, a decision that was criticized by some government ministers but defended by Vice Chancellor Ian Young.

The university has faced challenges as well, including funding and staff cuts in some departments. In 2017, ANU faced a major cybersecurity breach when Chinese hackers infiltrated its computer systems. Additionally, a survey conducted in 2017 by the Australian Human Rights Commission found that ANU had the second-highest incidence of sexual assault and harassment among Australian universities.


At the undergraduate level, ANU offers Bachelor's degrees in various fields such as Arts, Science, Law, Business, Engineering, and Information Technology. Students can also choose to study a double degree, combining two areas of study such as Science/Law, Engineering/Commerce, or Arts/Science. ANU also offers an Honours program in many of these disciplines, allowing students to undertake advanced study and research in their chosen field.

ANU's research degrees include Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. These degrees are designed for students who wish to undertake advanced research in a particular field. ANU has a strong reputation for research excellence, with research strengths in areas such as Astronomy and Astrophysics, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, and Law.

ANU also offers a range of professional development programs, short courses, and online courses. These courses are designed for individuals who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in a particular area or who wish to upskill or retrain for a new career.

Global MBA rankings

The Australian National University (ANU) has consistently been ranked among the top universities in the world. According to the 2022 QS World University Rankings, ANU was ranked 27th globally and first in Australia. It was also ranked equal 54th in the world and equal 2nd in Australia with the University of Queensland by the 2022 Times Higher Education rankings.

In addition to the overall university rankings, ANU has also received high rankings for specific subjects. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, ANU was ranked 6th in the world for geology, 7th for philosophy, 8th for politics, 9th for sociology, 13th for development studies and 15th for linguistics.

ANU's international reputation is also impressive, with a 2017 study by Times Higher Education reporting that ANU was the world's 7th most international university and first in Australia.

Moreover, ANU has been recognized for its graduates' employability, with the 2020 Times Higher Education Global Employability University Ranking placing ANU at 15th in the world and first in Australia.

Job integration rate

The Australian National University has been witnessing pretty good career outcomes for its graduates, with placements being offered by brilliant renowned companies across the globe. A total of 2,189 ANU graduates participated in the survey. 45% of graduates who had a full-time job stated that the degree they had pursued from ANU was a pre-requisite formal criterion for their current job. 46% of full-time workers felt that their qualification was very important or important for their present job.

More than 80% of graduates who were working felt that their degree equipped them with foundation, adaptive and collaborative skills for their respective jobs. Over half of the graduates with a full-time job were employed in the public sector, 38% in the private sector within four months after graduation.

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The Australian National University

Julie Bishop (Chancellor)

Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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