Group of Eight

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This is how the Group of Eight describes itself.

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The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, comprehensive in general and professional education and distinguished by depth and breadth in research.

Go8 universities can be distinguished in the following ways:

  • they have nurtured every Nobel prize winner educated at an Australian university
  • they contribute over 70% of the Fellows of the four Australian learned academies
  • they are the most research concentrated of all Australian universities
  • they account for more than two thirds of Australian university research activity, research output and research training.

The Go8 is often asked why it is not the Group of Nine or Ten. This analysis of data across a range of important indicators from research income to student-staff ratios shows there is no clear potential ninth member of the group.

What these statistics do not reveal is how well Australian universities compare to the best in the world. A dominant national position may fall well short of global prominence. What matters most for Australia is how well the best national universities compare with the world’s best. It is not possible for a nation to have a “world class higher education system” without some world class universities.

 

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