An Overview of Australian Universities
There are 43 universities in Australia, 40 are public universities, 2 are international universities, 1 is a private university. Of these universities, 35 are ranked among the world’s best universities.
Premier Universities – The Group of 8
Eight of the universities are considered Australia’s premier universities. They are a coalition of research- intensive universities which receive most of the research funding allocated by government and can therefore provide the highest standard of teaching. These are known as the Group of 8 and are: The University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia. These 8 universities are the largest and often the oldest universities in Australia located throughout Australia in every state. Each state university is represented among the group of eight.
All universities, however, provide a quality education recognised globally and a safe learning environment.
The Group of 8 Universities
|Australian National University||Canberra||1946|
|University of Adelaide||Adelaide||1874|
|University of Melbourne||Melbourne||1853|
|University of New South Wales||Sydney||1949|
|University of Queensland||Brisbane||1909|
|University of Sydney||Sydney||1850|
|University of Western Australia||Perth||1911|
Australian Universities World Ranking
According to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017, there are 35 top universities in Australia. Those universities are located across Australia in Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Hobart. Each university has its own area of research specialisation.
Ranking of Australian Universities Under 50 Years Old
The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings in 2015 is a ranking of the top 100 universities in the world which are under 50 years old. It provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those long-established institutions with centuries of tradition, but the rising stars which show great potential as universities of the future.
The table shows the some of the 13 indicators used by the Times Higher Education to provide university rankings. The table below shows the performance of Australian Universities under 50 years old according to the survey.
Popular Universities for Engineering in Australia
Engineering is always a popular course among domestic and international students. Universities which offers acclaimed engineering courses are:
- The University of Melbourne
Melbourne University is ranked 32nd in the world, and its engineering courses are ranked amongst the highest in Australia. The university offers engineering courses across disciplines ranging from biomedical and computer engineering to mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
- The University of New South Wales
UNSW’s engineering school also provides quality of teaching despite being a relatively new university. UNSW offers nuclear engineering, mining engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, geospatial engineering and mechatronic engineering. UNSW is the only Australian university to offer a nuclear engineering course.
- The University of Queensland
UQ’s engineering school was established in 2009 by a dynamic and learned team of engineers. UQ is the first university to offer a five-year double degree -the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering. Their engineering courses include chemical engineering, civil engineering, and fire safety engineering
Engineering courses require students to have a good academic background especially in Mathematics as well as an IELTS of 6.5 overall. Graduates are in great demand in the Australian market which is reflected in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection nomination of many engineering occupations on Skilled Occupation List (renamed to Medium and Long-term Strategic Skilled List). Exceptional students may receive scholarships from some top-ranking universities.
Telecommunications is a specialisation under Electrical Engineering. It’s concerned with all aspects of theory and applications for a broad range of systems such as telephone and data networks, radio and TV, satellites and deep space applications. Telecommunications explores how information is transferred from one point to another, whether that’s high-resolution images of a distant planet, or massive bandwidth video-on-demand flying across the next generation Internet. Telecommunications engineers design and maintain all aspects of voice and data communications systems.
Telecommunications graduates are also in great demand in the Australian market as evidenced by its inclusion in the Skilled Occupation List (renamed to Medium and Long-term Strategic Skilled List) by the DIPB or Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Graduates can expect to receive a salary starting from $80,000 – $100,000. Career options for graduates include planning, designing, building, configuring and commissioning telecommunications devices, networks and systems, such as voice, radio, two-way, data, microwave, satellite and digital data systems, and ensuring telecommunications systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users, etc.
Universities which provide courses in telecommunications are:
UNSW – the University of New South Wales- renowned for its engineering courses. The campus is located in Sydney with convenient transport for students. Tuition fees reflect the status of the university as a world -ranked university.
UTS- University of Technology Sydney located in the Sydney CBD, provides a less expensive course for students but graduates are highly regarded. Internships are arranged by the university providing valuable experience for students.
MIT- Melbourne Institute of Technology with campuses in Sydney as well as in Melbourne provides the least expensive option for students seeking to study telecommunications. Although competitively priced MIT’s course is recognised by Engineers Australia.
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