The Australian National University (ANU) is a celebrated place of intensive research, education and policy engagement. ANU is home to an interconnected community of scholars. The University is located in the heart of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
As of 2009, the ANU employs 3,945 administrative staff who teach approximately 10,000 undergraduates, and 7,500 postgraduate students. Two Australian Prime Ministers attended the university, and the ANU includes six Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni.
The ANU consistently ranks among the top universities in Australia and is one of the top universities in the world in a number of fields. ANU is a member of several university alliances and cooperative networks, including the Group of Eight, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and the International Alliance of Research Universities.
The University currently has the highest ranking for universities in Australia. It is also one of the highest ranked universities in Asia and the Southern Hemisphere according to several compilations, including the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings (the latter two were amalgamated as the THE-QS World University Rankings until 2010). The Australian National University is the second highest ranked university outside North America and Britain, after ETH Zurich.
The QS World University Rankings consistently ranks the ANU highly. In 2011 it was ranked first in Australasia and twenty-sixth in the World, one below the University of Tokyo, one above King’s College London.
ANU people come from all around Australia and the world. They are researchers and educators. They are graduate research and coursework students. They are undergraduate students and alumni. They are general staff and members of the wider public. Yet they are also one interconnected community of scholars.
From enrolment to graduation and beyond, ANU people are encouraged to stay connected with the University community. After graduation, ANU students remain networked through alumni events and programs.
The University celebrates its diversity and is increasing access to its activities for more Australians. For example, the National Alliances project is building on the different locations, distinct histories and complementary strengths of ANU and its partners to increase pathways to higher education for more people.
The University engages with communities in Canberra and further afield through outreach in research and learning, public lectures and forums, music performances and art events. ANU is also engaging with people around the world through social media platforms and its own video service Vision.
The ANU is divided into seven academic Colleges, which each contain a network of inter-related faculties, research schools and centres. Each College is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as research in its respective field.
College of Arts and Social Sciences
College of Asia and the Pacific
College of Business and Economics
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Law
College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
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