Go8 Media Release: International education values of Go8 recognised in latest global rankings

2 Feb 2017
One in three International students who choose to study in Australia study at a Group of Eight (Go8) university and the excellence of the education in a research intensive environment offered to them is paramount.

The Go8 is therefore pleased that its strong contribution to excellence in International education and research has been recognised by Times Higher Education (THE) World’s Most International Universities 2017 ranking.

Five Go8 universities were rated in the top 25 institutions in the world – the only Australian universities to feature in the rankings.

The ANU at 7, UNSW at 14, University of Melbourne at 18, Monash at 21 and University of Sydney at 23 are ranked amongst the world’s most international universities alongside elite institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Stanford and Princeton.

The Go8 Chair, Professor Peter Høj, said that the importance of the strong international nature of Australian universities “could not be overstated”.

“These rankings are indicative of the strong performance of Australian universities in attracting international students and staff, the intensity of our research collaborations and the international reputation of our institutions. All of these factors are key in bolstering Australia’s role in securing global advances and in underpinning our $20 billion international education industry in an increasingly competitive market place.

“However, International education is much more than a $20 billion export earner for Australia. The real longterm value lies in the immediate and long-term contribution that our international students and graduates provide to Australia’s innovation, global standing and connectivity with the rest of the world. Essential to these international efforts are the freedom of students and research collaborators to travel internationally and the funding that allows them to do so.”

The Go8 will continue to advocate for these freedoms both at home and abroad as we relentlessly position Australian Higher Education internationally through our advocacy and outstanding academic performance.

Contact: Dr Matthew Brown, Group of Eight Deputy Chief Executive on +61 422 937 663