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The Australian National University (ANU) is a national research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes.

Founded in 1946, it is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. Originally a postgraduate research university, ANU commenced undergraduate teaching in 1960 when it integrated the Canberra University College, which had been established in 1929 as a campus of the University of Melbourne.

ANU is regarded as one of the world’s leading research universities. It is ranked 1st in Australia and the whole of Oceania, 24th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and 49th in the world (second in Australia) by the 2019 Times Higher Education. The university is particularly well known for its programmes in the arts and social sciences, and ranks among the best in the world for a number of disciplines including politics and international relations, social policy, and geography.

ANU counts six Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars among its faculty and alumni. The university has educated two prime ministers, 30 current Australian ambassadors and more than a dozen current heads of government departments of Australia.

Why Study at The Australia National University?

  • ANU is recognised as one of the world’s foremost centres of education, research and leadership. ANU counts more Nobel Laureates among staff and alumni than any other Australian university.
  • ANU has seven academic colleges that house a number of schools and research centres that specialise in a range of disciplines – all relevant but some unique in Australia and ACT region.
  • As the nation’s university, ANU delivers research and scholarship that contributes to advancing Australia and the region. To support this unique mission, the National Institutes Grant (NIG) has been provided by the Australian Government to ANU since its foundation in recognition of the role the University plays as a resource of national significance.
  • ANU graduates are ranked as most employable in Australia. When you graduate from ANU, you become a lifelong member of their alumni community, which stretches across the globe.
  • ANU has a huge variety of support services, programs and activities to enhance your student experience.
  • 86% Academic staff hold a PhD – more than any other Australian university.
  • ANU offers a broad range of accommodation choices for students, within a diverse and vibrant community.