Group of Eight – Australia’s leading Universities; leading excellence, leading debate

The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s eight leading research Universities - The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Sydney.

The Go8 was incorporated in 1999, and its Directorate is based in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. We are focussed on, and are a leader in, influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing international alliances. 

The Chief Executive is Ms Vicki Thomson.

The Chair is Professor Ian Jacobs, University of New South Wales Sydney.

Our rankings:

In world rankings Go8 Universities are consistently the highest ranked Australian Universities. All Go8 member Universities are ranked in the top 150 institutions worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (ARWU), the Times Higher Education World Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS).

The QS university rankings by subject rate all Go8 law schools in the top 100, with six in the top 50 and four in the top 20.

All Go8 universities have at least one field of engineering ranked in the top QS 100, and all are in the top 100 for medicine, psychology and education.

Our research:

We receive 73% 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 most recent Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) exercise.  

Each year the Go8 spends some $6 Billion on research – more than $2 Billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research.’

Our International connections:

The Go8 has international alliances and agreements with Universities and research organisations in Brazil, China (with the C9) Chile, France, and Germany.  It is a signatory to the prestigious Hefei statement which links us with elite University groups around the world.

Our students:

The Go8 is proud of its reputation for accepting quality students and delivering quality graduates; the leaders of tomorrow.

We educate over 360,000 students – more than one quarter of all higher education students in Australia.

This includes 100,000 international students from 200 countries, with one in three of Australia’s international students choosing to study at a Go8 university.

Go8 universities educate more than half of Australia’s doctors, dentists, and vets; and provides over 55% Australia’s science graduates and more than 40% of engineering graduates.

Students at Go8 institutions are drawn from a range of backgrounds. Over one-third of students, at all levels of study, are the first in their family to attend University. One in five commencing undergraduates are from a low SES, regional or remote location.

Student success and retention rates are above the Australian average, ensuring that a higher percentage of students from all backgrounds will graduate from the Go8.

Our post graduate education:

We are leaders in post graduate education. Go8 universities enrol one third of all post graduate students, and almost half of all students in higher degrees by research.

Go8 universities award half of all doctorates in Australia.

For more information on Go8 go to Go8 Brochures and Facts of Distinction under About