Top 10 Best Universities in Australia (2019)

There is no dearth of available choices, when it comes to studying in Australia, the land of Down Under. However, selecting a world-standard university amongst a plenty of them to your liking, seems a herculean task. With exceptional education system, modernized facilities, out of the world infrastructures, countless areas of study  and research methodologies, the Australian universities are the most popular study abroad destinations. So, lending you all a helping hand in the difficult chore with a list of the Top 10 best universities in Australia today (based on QS World University Rankings 2019).

Australian National University (ANU)

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Holding the world rank of 29 at present, Australian National University is a non-profit research-oriented institution founded back in 1946. Originally established as a postgraduate research university by the Parliament of Australia, it started undergraduate teaching in 1960. Titled as the 2nd greenest university in Australia, it is located in the suburban setting of the small city of Canberra, the Australian capital city.

In addition, it comprises of 7 teaching and research colleges currently and offers undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate degree programs, and postgraduate research programs to around 25,000 students every year.

Moreover, ANU has a notable list of alumni that includes a total of six Nobel Prize winners.

      Acton, Australian Capital Territory, ACT 2601, Australia

University of Melbourne

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With around 40% of its 50,000 plus students coming from 130 different countries around the world, University of Melbourne bags the World Rank of 39. Established in 1853, University of Melbourne is one amongst the leading universities in the world. The university is spread over a total of 7 Campuses at Burnley, Southbank, Werribee, Creswick, Dookie, Shepparton with the main campus located in the heart of the world’s most liveable city Parkville.

In addition, it offers 11 undergraduate degrees in around 100 areas of study and 270 professional graduate degrees. Ranked at sixth place in the world according to the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, it counts Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine), four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general among its faculty and alumni.

Moreover, the Internationally acknowledged research university is also affiliated with over 200 clubs and societies.

      Grattan Street, Parkville, Victoria, VIC 3010, Australia

University of Sydney

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The oldest university in Australia, University of Sydney was established in 1850. Ranked 4th in the world for graduate employability, the university holds the overall world rank of 42. It offers a broad range of over 400 areas of study to around 70, 000 students from 134 countries across the world. Boasting of 90 research centres, and world’s most beautiful campus, it is located in the urban setting of the large city of Sydney (New South Wales).

In addition, it is spread across around six campuses at Camden, Rozelle, Cumberland, Mallett Street, Surry Hills and Camperdown. The alumni of 350,000 includes five Australian prime ministers including Edmund Barton.

      Level 1, The Box Factory K06, 1 – 3 Ross Street, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2006, Australia

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Next in our list of best universities in Australia is the University of New South Wales, holding the 45th rank around the world. A founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities, it was established in 1949. Enrolling around 59,000 students  yearly from diverse countries, it offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degree programs in various fields of study.

The main campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. In addition, two more campuses UNSW Art & Design  and UNSW Canberra are situated at Paddington and ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) respectively.

Moreover, UNSW has also established two colleges, one in Newcastle and the other in Wollongong. The university of New South Wales proudly boasts of around 4300 researchers leading the world in various fields.

Lastly, the wide list of alumni includes the renowned names like Scott Morrison (Prime Minister of Australia) and Robert McClelland (Former Attorney-General of Australia).

      Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia

University of Queensland (UQ)

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Renowned for innovating the cervical cancer vaccine, University of Queensland stands at the world rank of 48. Based in Queenland’s capital city Brisbane, founded in 1909, the institute is home to more than 52,000 students from more than 135 countries. One among the only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, it offers graduation, associate, master, doctoral and superior doctorate degrees.

The University has three beautiful campuses and many facilities located throughout Queensland. The main campus is located in the medium-sized town of St Lucia, occupying much of the riverside inner suburb of St. Lucia. In addition, the UQ Gatton Campus is at Lawes, near the town of Gatton, and the Mayne Medical School is situated in Herston. This institution also has a branch campus at Ipswich, Gatton.

Further, the university has eight world class research institutes and over 100 research centres.

     Brisbane St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, QLD 4072, Australia

Monash University

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Established back in 1958, the Monash University shares the 59th world rank with China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Named after Sir John Monash, the university has surpassed all Australian universities in terms of global reach. Along with its main campus at Clayton, it has campuses in the state of Victoria (Caulfield, Peninsula, and Parkville). In addition, the university also has a presence in Malaysia, South Africa, China, India and Italy.

Home to over 77, ooo students from around 170 countries, it offers over 150 fields of research. And, the researchers  at the university get credit for some remarkable innovations like the new Malaria vaccine and 3D-printed engines.

     Ground Floor and Level 1, 211 Wellington Road, Mulgrave, Victoria, VIC 3170, Australia

University of Western Australia (UWA)

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Located in Perth, with the world rank of 91, the University of Western Australia marks a place in our list of best universities in Australia. Founded in 1911, it is famed for its sandstone and terracotta buildings surrounded by leafy gardens, namely the Tropical Grove and the Sunken Garden and bordered by the Swan River. The university has its main campus at Crawley (Perth) and an additional campus at Albany.

Enrolling over 25,000 students annually, it offers undergraduate, postgraduate degree, as well as doctoral level programs. In addition, a member of the Group of Eight, it scores the best for its percentage of international faculty members.

Moreover, the university’s alumina count some big names like the Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, comedian Tim Minchin and Nobel Prize winning medic Barry Marshall.

     35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Perth, Western Australia, WA 6009, Australia

University of Adelaide

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The National research evaluation framework, Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) has recognized the University of Adelaide for its breakthrough discoveries. Founded in 1874, Australia’s third oldest university holds the rank of 114 in the world. One of the world’ most research intensive universities, it is also a member of Academic Consortium 21.

The university’s main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, South Australia. In addition, the university has four more campuses at Adelaide Park Lands, Roseworthy, Urrbrae, and Thebarton. Also, the university boasts of a sixth campus, the Ngee Ann – Adelaide Education Centre (NAAEC), in Singapore.

Moreover, Australia’s first female prime minister, 100 Rhodes Scholars and five Nobel Laureates are among University of Adelaide’s distinguished alumni.

     North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, SA 5005, Australia

University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

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Founded in 1988, the University of Technology, Sydney is one of the youngest Australian universities. The university holds a joint world rank of 160 shared with Switzerland’s University of Basel.

Certainly, it offers a wide range of Technology and Management courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels to over 37,000 students annually. A member of Australian Technology Network, it has the main city campus in the heart of Sydney, close to Central Station and Railway Square. In addition, a Kuring-gai campus is in a wild are in northern Sydney.

     15 Broadway, Ultimo Sydney, 2007 New South Wales, Australia

University of Newcastle

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Founded in 1965, ranked #1 under 50 year old best universities, University of Newcastle holds a world rank of 214. Above all, the university offers high quality education and state-of-the-art facilities to over 37,000 students yearly.

With its main campus in the Callaghan suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, it delivers education across another four campuses based at Newcastle CBD, Central Coast Sydney, Port Macquarie and Ourimbah. In addition, the university also boasts of a branch campus at Singapore.

     University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales, NSW 2308, Australia


Meanwhile, I would like to mention here that these Universities are ranked as per their global standing, reputation among other universities, employability, student-teacher ratio, and international outlook including students and staff. However, you can also have a look at the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings here.



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