Australian Technology Network
The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a network of five universities from each mainland state of Australia, with a heritage of working closely with industry. The ATN was originally founded in 1975 as the Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT), and later revived in 1999 in its present form.
ATN universities offer applied courses to students who are ready to enter their chosen professions. They teach around 180,000 students, or almost 20% of Australia’s student population. All ATN member universities are featured in the Times Higher Education Supplement's "Top 300 Universities of the World" listing, and the network is considered to be the "technology-focused" group.
|University||Location||State||Year of foundation||University Status||THE World University Rankings 2013–2014||Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013||QS World University Rankings 2013/14||QS Top 50 under 50 2013||THE 100 under 50 2013|
|Curtin University||Perth, Sydney, Malaysia, Singapore and Kalgoorlie||WA||1902||1986||Not Ranked||401-500||284=||25||87|
|Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane||QLD||1908||1989||276-300||Not Ranked||279=||23||26|
|Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology||Melbourne||Vic||1887||1992||Not Ranked||Not Ranked||291=||28|
|The University of South Australia||Adelaide||SA||1856||1991||301-350||Not Ranked||341=||42||48|
|The University of Technology, Sydney||Sydney||NSW||1843||1988||301-350||401-500||272||20||83|
The ATN originated in 1975 as the "Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT)", a conference group consisting of the directors of Australia's leading "institutes of technology". Each of DOCIT's original member institutions (NSWIT, QIT, RMIT, SAIT and WAIT) were located in the central business district of their respective state's capital city, hence they were deemed "central institutes of technology".
DOCIT founded its original member institutes' distinctiveness on their size (they enrolled almost one third of all full-time advanced education students), on the advanced level of their teaching (most of their programs were degrees rather than the diplomas like that of other advanced education institutions) and their conduct of applied research (DEET, 1993:18). They were therefore like a "technology-focused" group.
DOCIT encountered too much opposition to its aspirations, and disbanded in 1982. The conference group was later revived in 1999 as the Australian Technology Network, consisting of: the Curtin University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of South Australia and University of Technology, Sydney. Each ATN member university was granted public university status between 1986 and 1992, however their antecedents make them some of the oldest tertiary institutions in Australia.
Today the ATN's member universities teach around 180,000 students, or almost 20% of Australia’s student population, and 1 in 4 international students in Australia. Its aim today is to help secure Australia’s reputation as the "clever country", contributing to its social and economic wealth by building strategic partnerships and undertaking solution-based research which is relevant to the expectations of industry and the community.
- List of universities in Australia
- Group of Eight (group of Australia's leading research-focused universities)
- Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia)
- Regional Universities Network
- Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee
- About the ATN - ATN Homepage
- Australian Technology Network - Griffith University
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