Australian Technology Network

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Australian Technology Network

The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a network of four universities from each mainland state of Australia, with a heritage of working closely with industry. The ATN was founded in 1975 as the Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT), and was revived in 1998 in its present form.

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.[1]


University Location State Year of foundation University Status THE World University Rankings 2019[2] Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018[3] QS World University Rankings 2019[4] QS Top 50 Under 50 World Young University Rankings 2019[5] THE 250 Under 50 World Young University Rankings 2018[6]
Curtin University Perth WA 1902 1986 301-350 151-200 250= 20 68
RMIT University Melbourne Vic 1887 1992 401-500 301-400 250= 21 100
University of South Australia (UniSA) Adelaide SA 1856 1991 201-250 Not Ranked 264= 25 26
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Sydney NSW 1964 1988 196 301-400 160= 10 16


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".[1] 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".[1]

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.[1]

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.[1] 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.

The departure of QUT from ATN was announced on the 28th September 2018[7].

Today the ATN's member universities enroll around 180,000 students and 1 in 4 international students in Australia.[8] 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.[8]

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