Founded in 1946, the Australian National University (ANU) is ranked among the leading research universities in the world.
Located in Canberra, the capital of Australia, ANU comprises seven academic colleges which host a number of schools and research centres specialising in a variety of disciplines. The university prides itself on delivering research that addresses modern global challenges. It is especially renowned for the strength of its Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences departments.
Between its staff and alumni, ANU lays claim to six Nobel Laureates – more than any other Australian university. Other notable alumni include two former Prime Ministers of Australia, Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd, the human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson, and chief Scientist and engineer to the Government of New South Wales, Professor Mary O’Kane.
The university also has strong links with the Australian government, businesses and not-for profit organisations, with ANU graduates being highly sought after by employers. The 2015 Emerging Global Employability Survey ranked the university first in Australia for graduate employability. It offers a diverse student exchange programme with more than 100 different institutions and has collaborative projects in place with organisations that include NASA and the European Union.
With over 22,500 students, the university has one of the highest ratios of academic staff to students among Australian universities. About 20% of its students opt to live on campus where they can choose from eight halls of residence set within 145 hectares of picturesque parkland.
ANU's main campus is based in a central suburb of Canberra with others set on the coast of New South Wales and Warrumbungle National Park, among others located throughout the state. The university prides itself on its commitment to environmental protection and has won awards for its on-going programme of sustainability.
Canberra itself has been ranked Australia’s safest city in the Australian State & Territory OECD Ranking and the most liveable city in the My City Survey conducted by the Property Council of Australia.
ANU’s motto translates from the Latin as ‘First to learn the nature of things.’