Group of Eight (Australian universities)

Group of Eight (Australian universities)

Infobox Organization
name = Group of Eight

formation = 1999
type = Public
headquarters =
location = Australia
membership = 8
students = 260,000
website =

The Group of Eight (Go8) is a group of eight Australian tertiary institutions which are the oldest universities in Australia. It was established informally as a network of vice-chancellors in 1994 and was formally incorporated in 1999. The group is seen as Australia's version of the Ivy League, consisting of the most prestigious and wealthy universities in the country.

All members of the group except ANU, UNSW and Monash are known as "sandstone universities", and all of their primary campuses are based in the six largest Australian capital cities.

The group, in arguing for prioritisation of research funding and in lobbying for increased funding for the largest and most popular campuses, sometimes finds itself at odds with smaller, regional and rural universities.


(*) Based on THES-QS 2007 rankings

ee also

*Sandstone Universities
*Ivy League (group of 8 universities in the northeastern United States)
*Russell Group (network of leading U.K. universities)
*1994 Group (smaller research-led British universities, including York, Durham, and St Andrews)
*Coimbra Group (network of leading European universities)
*Group of Thirteen (G13) (network of leading Canadian universities)
*Universitas 21 (international network of universities)
*Intramuros Consortium (network of geographically linked major Philippine universities in Intramuros, Manila)
*Australian Technology Network (network of leading Australian technology-based universities)
*Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia)
*Universities in Australia
*Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee
*THES - QS World University Rankings

External links

* [ Group of Eight Official Website]

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