Down Under but Still on Top
The Australian National University is Australia’s only national university, and with their reputation they may well be the only one Australia needs. With 3,800 staff and researchers, ANU is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. With a spacious, wide open campus, the university is almost a small city unto itself. They are very focused on research, and have a wide array of subjects and courses to offer. Currently ranked as #30 in QS World University Rankings for Economics, it was solely a post-graduate research university until 1960 when it integrated the Canberra University College. As the undisputed top college in Australia, and tied with King’s College London for the 2015-2016 year, it is listed at the 25th most international university in the world by Times Higher Education.
ANU currently consists of seven academic colleges which offer a variety of disciplines and courses spread out over a large array of schools and research centers. The university aims to solve modern global challenges, befitting of its roots as a post-graduate institution for research.
ANU was built on the names, reputation, and work of many of the most educated people of their time. On the passage of the Australian National University Act of 1946, distinguished scholars such as Sir Mark Oliphant (nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project), Sir Rayomnd Firth (a professor of anthropology at LSE), and Lord Howard Florey (co-developer of medical penicillin) returned to Australia to form its faculty. Its original four centres were devoted to Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Pacific Studies, and Medical Research.
ANU has received consistently high scores in all major aspects of university measurement. It’s ranked first in employability in Australia for graduates according to the 2015 Emerging Global Employability Survey. Alumni of ANU includes:
- More than a dozen department heads in Australian government
- Six Nobel laureates between its staff and alumni, including Professor Brian Schmidt, Professor Peter Doherty, Sir John Eccles, and Lord Howard Florey
- Human Rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson
- Thirty ambassadors
- Two prime ministers (Bob Hawke, Kevin Rudd)
- Chief Scientist and Engineer to the Government of New South Wales (Professor Mary O’Kane)
The ANU College of Business and Economics consists of four Research schools, which conduct research on and teach economics, finance, accounting, actuarial studies, statistics, marketing, and management. ANU also includes the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and employs the largest number of experts in these fields out of any university in the English speaking world.
The Economics department in particular has many projects of research investigating such topics as carbon emission impacts, Indonesian Economic studies, the effects of consumer welfare on corporate tax cuts, and economic growth versus income equality. They especially keep awareness of India and its socio-economic dynamics firmly in sight with more than a few research projects.
Security and comfort
ANU hosts a massive campus consisting of over 147 hectares of land, environmentally conscientious, with more than 10,000 trees planted therein. Its grounds have been described as picturesque, and Canberra has been rated as Australia’s safest city according to the Australian State & Territory OECD Ranking, and the most livable city according to the Property Council of Australia.
An Australian Intellectual is very much a laudable and formidable individual. With a population of less than twenty four and a half million, they have a manpower resource only sixty percent that of the State of California, yet ANU still manages to draw talent and capability into its ranks that can stand as equals with any nation on the planet. A large portion of this can be attributed to the labor and knowledge carefully nurtured within the halls of ANU. With all of its virtues, progressive practices, and devotion to the high art and responsibility of education, ANU is and remains one of the finest universities in the world.