Among the Australian universities, Australian National University (ANU) has a rich legacy dating back to 1930 when Canberra University College which later integrated with ANU started its classes. During the 40s, intensive discussions among intellectuals and administrators culminated in the establishment of a National University. Consequently, ANU was established through a bill endorsed by the federal parliament in 1946.
Enjoying the consistent world ranking among the top universities, ANU in the latest QS World University Rankings of 2016/17 occupies the 22nd position. In the 2015 Times Higher Education Global Employability Univesity Ranking, ANU was placed at 32nd in the world and 1st in Australia.
The above-mentioned statistics clearly indicate the quality of education that is being offered by the Australian National University and the employability prospects of its graduates. With 10,052 undergraduates and 10, 840 postgraduate students, ANU is constantly growing as a leading research university in Australia. ANU is highly reputed for its programs in Arts, Humanities, and Natural Sciences.
Salient Features of ANU
ANU provides 50 single degree courses under seven academic programs at present. One of the major attraction among international students towards ANU education has been the dual degree courses that it offers at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The flexible double degree aims to cater the intellectual curiosity as well as the employability skills of the students. Completion of the degree within less time compared to taking two degrees separately also encourage students to get into such courses.
Strong Faculties and Academic Staffs
ANU has a robust team of academics and researchers who take students learning to next level. Interestingly, faculties at ANU deal with a limited number of students as the average class size is smallest among Australia’s top universities allowing for individual mentoring of students. Consisting of 86% of PhD holding academic staffs with six Nobel prize winners among the staff and alumni, the 2016 Good Universities Guide awarded ANU with a maximum 5-star rating for staff qualifications.
Research and Publications
Famous as a research-intensive university, ANU research efforts have been constantly directed towards responding to the socio-economic, political and environmental challenges facing the world today. Ranging from next generation solar energy solutions to political engagement strategies, researchers have focused on transforming the world to make it a better place to live in.
95% of the ANU research has been rated above world standard in the last round of Excellence in Research for Australia Results in 2015. Publications of articles, conference papers and books to communicate research findings including new knowledge and discovery has been the top most priority of ANU in the field of academic inquiry.
Offering more homes to students on campus compared to any other Australian university, and an unparalleled residential experience, ANU comprises of 11 different residences for undergraduate students. Ranging from catered, self-catered or apartment-style residences, students can get laundry facilities, outdoor spaces and study rooms within easy walking distance to shops, cafes, restaurants, sporting facilities, nightlife, and public transport. Apart from this, the residences help in building a robust support network through academic and social support programs among the students by sharing experiences with peers.
Known for its classic Australian bush landscape, Canberra, the capital city of Australia, is renowned for its walking trails and reliable public transport making it convenient and affordable for students to get around. Having the shortest commute time of any major Australian city, Canberra was ranked the world’s most livable city by OECD in both years 2014 and 2015. With growing vibrant multicultural community in the city, it has become the hotspot destination for international students.
International Learning Experience
ANU offers students with an opportunity to get into any one of 170 partner universities across 35 countries under the student exchange program. This program intends to hone skills and foster knowledge of students thereby improving their employability allowing for global networking. Besides, ‘Global Summer Program’, ‘Year in Asia’ program among others allow students to study and travel overseas.
Renowned for contributions in their fields of expertise and within the community, ANU alumni are working in various parts of the world. The vibrant alumni community has been learning, discovering, leading, creating, innovating changing lives and making history.
Alumni Mentoring Program
ANU has provisioned an alumni mentor who will support alumni by providing proper career guidance including work/life balance by means of discussions and also avail of the networking opportunities. This program is a perfect platform to share skills, ideas and knowledge with fellow alumni.
ANU has established a fund to provide scholarships to students and promote teaching and research among others welfare activities. Some of the sub-categories of this fund are Innovative Learning, Campus Life, Students First.
Diversity and Equity
Nurturing a positive campus environment, ANU has historically put an emphasis on promoting academic culture. It has offered equal opportunities for women and men including the socially and economically marginalized and disadvantaged groups on the basis of religion, ethnicity or economic status.