Group of Eight (Australian universities)

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Group of Eight
Group of Eight logo 2014.png
Formation 1999
Type Public
  • Australia

The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian tertiary institutions, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. It was established informally as a network of vice-chancellors in 1994 and was formally incorporated in 1999.

The Go8 aims to enhance the contribution of its member universities to the nation’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity and extend the contribution of its member universities to the generation and preservation of the world’s stock of knowledge.

All eight universities' primary campuses are based in the six largest Australian capital cities or the national capital in the case of ANU.


Member Universities
University Location State Established World university rankings (2014/15)
QS[1] ARWU[2] THE[3]
Australian National University Canberra ACT 1946 25 74 45
Monash University Melbourne VIC 1958 69 101–150 83
The University of Adelaide Adelaide SA 1874 104 151–200 164
The University of Melbourne Melbourne VIC 1853 31 44 33
The University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 1949 52 101–150 109
The University of Queensland Brisbane QLD 1909 43 85 65
The University of Sydney Sydney NSW 1850 38 101–150 60
The University of Western Australia Perth WA 1911 84 88 157

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