Group of Eight (Australian universities)

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Group of Eight
Logo of the Group of Eight (Australia).svg
Formation1999
TypeNonprofit organisation
HeadquartersCanberra, ACT
Location
  • Australia
Membership
University of Adelaide
Australian National University
University of Melbourne
Monash University
UNSW Sydney
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Western Australia
Websitewww.go8.edu.au

The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia's leading research intensive universities (in alphabetical order) - the University of Adelaide, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia. It is often compared to the Russell Group of pioneering research universities in the United Kingdom.[1]

The Go8 universities are some of the largest and the oldest universities in Australia[2] and are consistently the highest ranked of all Australian universities. Six of the Go8 members are ranked in the world's top 100 universities and seven of the Go8 members are ranked in the world's top 150 universities; in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), the QS World University Rankings (QS) and the U.S. News & World Report (US News). Go8 Universities feature in the top 50 for every broad subject area in the QS world university subject rankings. In addition, all Go8 Universities are in the QS top 100 for Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences and Management.

The Go8 enrols over 400,000 students; educating more than one quarter of all higher education students in Australia. The Go8 has some 31,000 research students and almost half of all research completions are from a Go8 university.

The Go8 undertakes 70 per cent of Australia's university research and their research funding from industry and other non-Government sources is twice that of the rest of the sector combined.

The Go8 receives 73 per cent of Australian Competitive Grant (Category 1) funding and had the largest proportion of research fields rated at 4 or 5 (‘above’ or ‘well above’ world standard) in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise, with 99 per cent of Go8 research is world class or above. Each year the Go8 spends some $6.4 billion on research – more than $2 billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research. Go8 universities educate more than half of Australia's doctors, dentists, vets and provide some 55 per cent of Australia's science graduates and more than 40 per cent of Australia's engineering graduates.

The Go8 Board, which consists of the vice-chancellors (who also serve as principals or presidents) of its eight member universities, meets five times a year. The current Chair of the Board is Margaret Gardner, Vice-Chancellor of Monash University. Vicki Thomson is the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, taking up the role in January 2015.[3]

Members[edit]

University City Established Rankings
QS World
(2021)[4]
THE World
(2021)[5]
US News
(2021)[6]
ARWU World
(2020)[7]
Scimago
(2020)[8]
URAP
(2019)[9]
NTU
(2020)[10]
Leiden
(2020)[11][note 1]
Average
Australian National University Canberra 1946 31= 59 64= 67 160 134 164 153 104
University of Sydney Sydney 1850 40 51= 27 74= 35 24 31 35 40
University of Melbourne Melbourne 1853 41 31 25 35 32 23 23 39 31
University of New South Wales Sydney 1949 44 67 51= 74= 62 44 51 48 55
University of Queensland Brisbane 1909 46 62= 36= 54 44 35 39 31 43
Monash University Melbourne 1958 55 64= 48= 85 52 39 45 52 55
University of Western Australia Perth 1911 92 139 79 85 150 110 124 159 117
University of Adelaide Adelaide 1874 106= 118= 73= 151-200 159 144 132 91 125[note 2]

Equals signs (=) denote tied rankings.

Map[edit]

Locations of each Group of Eight university main campus

Go8 law schools[edit]

Summary of schools[edit]

University Law school State / territory Est. Undergrad law intake 2019 ATAR selection threshold 2020
Australian National University College of Law Australian Capital Territory 1960 400~[12][note 3] 98[13]
University of Sydney Law School New South Wales 1855 323[14] 99.5[15]
University of Melbourne Law School Victoria 1857 N/A N/A
University of New South Wales Faculty of Law New South Wales 1971 400~[16] 88.15 + Law Admission Test (LAT)[17]
University of Queensland Law School Queensland 1936 203[18] 98[19]
Monash University Faculty of Law Victoria 1963 457[20] 98[21]
University of Adelaide Law School South Australia 1883 288[22] 95[23]
University of Western Australia Law School Western Australia 1927 N/A N/A

School rankings[edit]

University QS Overall Ranking[24] QS H-index[24] QS Citations Per Paper[24] THE Overall Ranking[25] THE Research[26] THE Citations[27] ARWU
[28]
[note 4]
US News[29][note 5]
Australian National University 17 24= 53 46 40 117 47 73
University of Sydney 13 69= 133 37 32 157 143 28
University of Melbourne 10 69= 64= 11 10 147 59 24
University of New South Wales 14 45= 120 19 18 110 33 63
University of Queensland 39 30= 25=[note 6] 56 37 68 60 26
Monash University 35 50= 78 64 74 97 43 47
University of Western Australia 71 93= 80= 88 104 105 237 142
University of Adelaide 122 128= 134= 176 164 76 231 222

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ measured by the impact indicator P(top 1%), ordered by P(top 1%) using fractional counting.
  2. ^ 151-200 averaged to 175.5 for the purposes of the combined average
  3. ^ rough estimate due to nonspecific number of 2019 student intake
  4. ^ The ARWU Law subject ranking does not necessarily reflect the quality of a given law school (hence why universities without law schools feature on the ranking- see Princeton University). The ARWU Law subject ranking primarily measures the amount and performance of papers which relate to Law (the ranking additionally may include papers from Law-related subjects such as Policy, Public Affairs, and Criminology) and that are associated with, or originate out of, a given university.
  5. ^ This subject ranking includes research on social policy, political science, education, demographics, law, and public health and administration.
  6. ^ It is notable that UQ Law has been Australia's most-cited law school for four consecutive years since 2017 (i.e. ranking first nationally for citations per paper in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) according to this metric.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Group of Eight benefits for economy 'bigger than Russell Group's'" (PDF). Group of Eight. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ Neumann, R. (2002). "Diversity, doctoral education and policy". Higher Education Research & Development. 21 (2): 167–178. doi:10.1080/07294360220144088.
  3. ^ "The Go8 Team". Group of Eight Australia. 26 July 2017.
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2021". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Top World University Rankings | US News Best Global Universities". www.usnews.com. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Scimago Institutions Rankings". www.scimagoir.com. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  9. ^ "URAP 2019-2020 | World Ranking 2019-2020". urapcenter.org. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  10. ^ "By Country". nturanking.csti.tw. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  11. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  12. ^ "ANU Law at a Glance 2018" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - ANU". programsandcourses.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Student and ATAR admission profiles". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Student and ATAR admission profiles". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Admission to UNSW - Future Students - UNSW Sydney". www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Arts/Law". UNSW Degree Finder. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Go further with UQ law - School of Law - University of Queensland". law.uq.edu.au. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Bachelor of Laws (Honours) - Future Students - University of Queensland". future-students.uq.edu.au. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Student profile". Study at Monash University. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Laws - L3001". Study at Monash University. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Search Results | Degree Finder". www.adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Bachelor of Laws | Degree Finder". www.adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  24. ^ a b c "Law". Top Universities. 25 February 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  25. ^ "World University Rankings 2021 by subject: law". Times Higher Education (THE). 28 October 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  26. ^ "World University Rankings 2021 by subject: law". Times Higher Education (THE). 29 October 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  27. ^ "World University Rankings 2021 by subject: law". Times Higher Education (THE). 28 October 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  28. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Law | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". www.shanghairanking.com. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  29. ^ US News. "Best Global Universities for Social Sciences and Public Health". US News. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  30. ^ "Global rankings reflect excellence in law". law.uq.edu.au. 29 October 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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