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Group of Eight Universities


Australia’s leading Universities: leading excellence, leading debate

The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia, the University of Adelaide, Monash University, and UNSW Sydney.

The Go8 is a company that was incorporated in 1999. Its Directorate is based in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

The Go8 is focused on and is a leader in, influencing the development and delivery of long-term sustainable national higher education and research policy, and in developing elite international alliances and research partnerships.

The Go8’s Chief Executive is Ms. Vicki Thomson.

The Go8’s Chair is Professor Margaret Gardner AC of Monash University.


In world rankings, Go8 universities are consistently the highest ranked in Australia. Seven of the Go8’s members are in the world’s top 100 universities and all Go8 members are ranked in the world’s top 150 universities; in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Times Higher Education Rankings (THES) and the QS World University Rankings (QS).


The Go8 receives 73 percent of Australian Competitive Grant (Category 1) funding and had the largest proportion of research fields rated at 4 or 5 (‘above’ or ‘well above world standard) in the latest Excellence for Research Australia (ERA) exercise.

99 percent of Go8 research is world-class or above.

Each year the Go8 spends some $6 billion on research – more than $2 billion of which is spent on Medical and Health Services research.

Go8 economic impact:

The Go8 contributes significantly to the Australian economy.

A 2018 report by London Economics found that the Go8 had an annual economic impact to the Australian economy of some $66.4 billion each year.

Go8 research contributes $24.5 billion each year.

Every $1 of Go8 research income delivers almost $10 in benefits to the wider community.

The Go8 directly supports more than 50,000 jobs.

The Go8 international student market contributes $17.98 billion each year to the Australian economy.

Go8 international students support some 73,030 jobs throughout the Australian economy.

Source: About the Go8 – Group of Eight

1. Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) is a public 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.

Established in 1946, ANU is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. It traces its origins to Canberra University College, which was established in 1929 and was integrated into ANU in 1960. ANU enrolls 10,052 undergraduate and 10,840 postgraduate students and employs 3,753 staff. The university’s endowment stood at A$1.8 billion as of 2018.

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. The latest releases of ANU’s scholarly publications are held through ANU Press online.

ANU is regarded as one of the world’s leading research universities and is ranked as the number one university in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere by the 2022 QS World University Rankings and second in Australia in the Times Higher Education rankings. Compared to other universities in the world, it is ranked 27th by the 2022 QS World University Rankings, and equal 54th by the 2022 Times Higher Education. Source: Australian National University – Wikipedia

 Australian National University

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Linguistics
  • Law
  • Environmental Studies
  • Social Science
  • Earth and Marine Sciences

Entry Requirements in ANU

U.G: A-Levels BBB,
P.G: 3.0  GPA and GMAT required for Business programs
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee


  • Business $39,024,
  • Engineering $48,040
  • Arts $44,470


  • Business $44,470,
  • Engineering $47,000,
  • Arts $44,470

Intakes in ANU

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships ANU

Chancellor’s International Scholarship
between $15,000 and $25,000

Number Awarded: 200 on offer

2. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second-oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Its main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of Melbourne’s central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.

Incorporated in the 19th century by the colony of Victoria, the University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s six sandstone universities and a member of the Group of Eight, Universitas 21, Washington University’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university, offering accommodation for students and faculty, and academic, sporting, and cultural programs. There are ten colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs.

The university comprises ten separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centers, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and the Grattan Institute. Amongst the university’s fifteen graduate schools, the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School, and the Melbourne Medical School are particularly well regarded.

Times Higher Education ranked the University of Melbourne first in Australia and 32nd globally in 2022, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities places it 35th in the world (both first in Australia and the whole of Oceania). In the QS World University Rankings 2022, the university ranks 37th globally and 2nd in Australia. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Eight Nobel Laureates have taught, studied, and researched at the University of Melbourne, the most of any Australian university.

Source: University of Melbourne – Wikipedia

University of Melbourne

  • Law
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Science

Entry Requirements at University of Melbourne

U.G: A-Levels AAB-CCD
P.G: 3.0  GPA or 75% plus experience in business studies
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fees at the University of Melbourne


  • Business $44,400
  • Engineering $46,000,
  • Arts $30,470


  • Business $45,824
  • Engineering $$45,824
  • Arts $37,000

Intakes in the University of Melbourne

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships at the University of Melbourne

International Undergraduate Scholarship
up to $56,000. No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.  Approximately 50
minimum of 3 A* grades in the GCE A-Levels
at least 97% in an approved Foundation program

P.G Scholarship:
25 – 100% fee.   Approximately 4

Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit.

3. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney (USYD, or informally Sydney Uni) is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1850 as Australia’s first university, it is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. The university is one of Australia’s six sandstone universities. The university comprises eight academic faculties and university schools, through which it offers bachelor, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The QS World University Rankings ranked the university as one of the world’s top 25 universities for academic reputation, and top 4 in the world, and the first in Australia for graduate employability. It is one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit and opened its doors to women on the same basis as men.

Five Nobel and two Crafoord laureates have been affiliated with the university as graduates and faculty. The university has educated seven Australian prime ministers, two governors-general of Australia, thirteen Premiers of New South Wales including incumbent Premier Dominic Perrottet, and 24 justices of the High Court of Australia, including four chief justices. The university has produced 110 Rhodes Scholars and 19 Gates Scholars.

The University of Sydney is a member of the Group of Eight, CEMS, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. University of Sydney – Wikipedia

University of Sydney

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Management
  • Transportation Science and Technology
  • Art and Design

Entry Requirements at the University of Sydney

U.G: A-Levels ABB,
P.G: 65% and certifications may be required for some programs
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee in University of Sydney


  • Business $46,500,
  • Engineering $50,000,
  • Arts $46,500


  • Business $50,000,
  • Engineering $47,500,
  • Arts $39,500

Intakes in the University of Sydney

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships at the University of Sydney

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

This scholarship is valued at up to $40,000

Applied for a CRICOS-registered coursework degree

Received an unconditional offer of admission the Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit as assessed from a student’s application for admission to an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree.

Sydney Scholars Awards

$6000 scholarship that supports outstanding Year 12 students to undertake an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

4. University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW), also known as UNSW Sydney, is a public research university based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the founding members of Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities.

Established in 1949, UNSW is a research university, ranked 44th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 67th in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is one of the members of Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. It has international exchange and research partnerships with over 200 universities around the world. University of New South Wales – Wikipedia

University of New South Wales

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Law
  • Social Science
  • Business & Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology 

Entry Requirements in UNSW

U.G: A-Levels AA
P.G: Completed Bachelor’s degree with good grades.
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee in UNSW


  • Business $44,500
  • Engineering $47,760
  • Arts $37,440


  • Business $48,420
  • Engineering $48,420
  • Arts $37,200

Intakes in UNSW

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships in UNSW

20,000$ for U.G & P.G
Higher Achiever, Leadership skills, Extracurricular activities, Strong Sop

5. University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ, or Queensland University is a public research university located primarily in Brisbane, the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland. Founded in 1909 by the Queensland parliament, UQ is one of the six sandstone universities, an informal designation of the oldest university in each state. The University of Queensland was ranked second nationally by the Australian Research Council in their latest research assessment and equal second in Australia based on the average of four major global university league tables. The University of Queensland is a founding member of edX, Australia’s leading Group of Eight, and the international research-intensive Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

The main St Lucia campus occupies much of the riverside inner suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane central business district. Other UQ campuses and facilities are located throughout Queensland, the largest of which are the Gatton campus and the Mayne Medical School. UQ’s overseas establishments include the UQ North America office in Washington D.C., and the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana, United States.

University of Queensland

  • Engineering
  • Environment Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Life Sciences
  • Business and Economics

Entry Requirements at the University of Queensland

U.G: A-Levels BBB, or 85% in College
P.G: 2.35 GPA in Bachelor’s
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee at the University of Queensland


  • Business $44,272
  • Engineering $45,120
  • Arts $34,280


  • Business $42,272
  • Engineering $45,200
  • Arts $42,272

Intakes in the University of Queensland

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships at the University of Queensland

Australia’s Global University Award
UNSW Global Academic Award.  U.G & P.G Offer 1: $5,000 for 1 year
Offer 2: $10,000 for 1-year Academic Merit

5. Monash University

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Named for prominent World War I general Sir John Monash, it was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest university in the state. The university has a number of campuses, four of which are in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula, and Parkville), and one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching center in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India, and a graduate school in Suzhou, China. The University courses are also delivered at other locations, including South Africa.

This is home to major research facilities, including the Monash Law School, the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, Victorian College of Pharmacy, and 100 research centers and 17 co-operative research centers. In 2019, its total revenue was over $2.72 billion (AUD), with an external research income of around $462 million. In 2019, Monash enrolled over 55,000 undergraduate and over 25,000 graduate students. It has more applicants than any other university in the state of Victoria. Monash University – Wikipedia

Monash University

  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Finance
  • Accounting 

Entry Requirements in Monash University

U.G: A-Levels ABB,
P.G: 3.0 GPA or 70% in Bachelor’s
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee in Monash University


  • Business $45,000
  • Engineering $46,000
  • Arts $33,000


  • Business $45,000
  • Engineering $48,000
  • Arts $39,000

Intakes in Monash University

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships in Monash University

Monash International Merit Scholarship    

$10,000 per annum 
Number offered: 31per year

Selection criteria

  • Based on academic achievement.
  • Current students must have achieved a minimum weighted average mark of 85
  • Students will also be assessed on their scholarship application statement (500 words), and their potential to be an ambassador for Monash University.
  • You must submit a separate application form for this scholarship

7. University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a public research university in the Australian state of Western Australia. The university’s main campus is in Perth, the state capital, with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere.

UWA was established in 1911 by an act of the Parliament of Western Australia and began teaching students two years later. It is the sixth-oldest university in Australia and was Western Australia’s only university until the establishment of Murdoch University in 1973. Because of its age and reputation, UWA is classed as one of the “sandstone universities”, an informal designation is given to the oldest university in each state. The university also belongs to several more formal groupings, including the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities. In recent years, UWA has generally been ranked either in the bottom half or just outside the world’s top 100 universities, depending on the system used. University of Western Australia – Wikipedia

University of Western Australia

  • Engineering
  • Anatomy and Physics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Earth and Marine Science
  • Performing Arts

Entry Requirements in UWA

U.G: A-Levels BBC
P.G: 3.0 GPA or 70% in Bachelor’s
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fees in UWA


  • Business $39,000
  • Engineering $42,000
  • Arts $36,600


  • Business $36,600
  • Engineering $60,000
  • Arts $36,600

Intakes in UWA

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships in UWA

The University of Western Australia offers 12000- 15000$ per year they don’t offer any scholarships to Pakistani students but Indian Srilanka, Nepal, Bangladesh.

8. The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university’s main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city center, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, and the State Library of South Australia.

The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia. University of Adelaide – Wikipedia

University of Adelaide

  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Science

Entry Requirements in University of Adelaide

U.G: A-Levels BBC
P.G: 3.0 GPA or 70% in Bachelor’s
IELTS: 6.0 each 6.5 overall

Tuition Fee


  • Business $43,500
  • Engineering $45,000
  • Arts $35,000


  • Business $46,600
  • Engineering $44,500
  • Arts $37,000

Intakes in University of Adelaide

Intake: Feb & July

Scholarships in University of Adelaide

The University of Western Australia offers 12000- 15000$ per year they don’t offer any scholarships to Pakistani students but Indian

50% reduction
P.G: 90%
25% tuition fee reduction
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