The Group of Eight (go8) markets itself as the group of 'Australia's Leading Universities'. They support this claim by referring to statistics relating to variables such as research outputs, industry links, graduate outcomes, and the standing of their academic staff. The group of 8 member universities are:
Each of these member universities is well regarded in a number of different areas and together they form a powerful bloc. There have been discussions about some formal recognition of the status of this group in ways such as increased government support or from the group itself developing its own standards framework. Nothing has come of these discussions yet, although it is likely that something will emerge as the competition in the higher education sector becomes more intense. Click on the link to visit the Group of Eight (go8) website (opens in new window).
Other Australian university groupings are:
- ● Australian Technology Network (ATN)
- ● Innovative Research Universities (IRU)
- ● Regional Universities Network
There is also the disbanded university grouping: