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Types of Australian Universities

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Types of Australian Universities

Australia is one of the most preferred studies abroad destinations for international students. Students from across the world study in Australia to get a quality education and experience the excellent education system, cultural diversity, post-study work opportunities and high standard of living.

Australia has some of the top-ranked universities in the world. The 8 Australian universities are among the top 100 universities globally, and this blog revolves around the Types of Australian universities. 

Types of Australian universities you should know about

The 1960s-1970s universities:

 To cope with the demands of higher educationstate governments established universities from the mid-1960s to the 1970s. The aim was to redefine the education pattern and make it different from the education pattern of traditional universities.

The universities that were formed during this period were: 

  • Macquarie University
  • La Trobe University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • James Cook University
  • Deakin University
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of Wollongong

Australian Technology Network (ATN):

Formed in 1999,The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is a group of Australia's five of the most innovative and enterprising universities focusing on providing impactful technology solutions to improve the economy and society. The ATN was formed in 1975 by the Directors of Central Institutes of Technology (DOCIT) and disbanded in 1982. 

Its member universities have expertise in the technological area of study, and these are: 

  • University of South Australia
  • The University of Technology Sydney
  • Deakin University
  • Curtin University
  • RMIT University

Group of Eight (Go8):

Formed in 1999, Group of Eight (Go8) is the largest and oldest educational institution in Australia, pioneering in research and education. It is a cluster of eight top Australian universities renowned for providing quality education and research facilities worldwide. These have high rankings, provide ample research opportunities, and are famous among international students. Its member universities are: 

  • University of Melbourne
  • Australian National University
  • University of Sydney
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • The University of New South Wales Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Adelaide

Regional universities:

Established in 2011, Australia has a group of seven universities that come under the Regional Universities Network (RUN) based in regional Australia. It aims to contribute significantly to the growth of regional economies and communities. The universities ensure that higher education is accessible to all and produce qualified professionals required for regional development. Its member universities are:

  • CQ University Australia
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of New England
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

New generation universities 

Colleges of advanced education were established by the Australian Government for students who graduated from higher secondary school to introduce them to the new type of higher education institutions. In 1988, the distinction between the university and non-university sectors was dissolved. Also, the network of these universities was established as a lobby group in 2002, which lasted for only a few years.

Its member universities were: 

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Canberra University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • The University of Notre Dame 
  • Victoria University
  • Western Sydney University 


We hope that this blog helped you learn about the types of Australian universities. To study in Australia and get trustworthy guidance from certified Study Abroad Counselors on selecting the most suitable University/Program for you, Visit Canam Consultants' nearest office today.

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