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Founded in 1946
4,100 Faculty Staff
Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
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The Australian National University is a world-leading university in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Our location points to our unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people. For over 70 years, the Australian National University has worked to realise the ambitions of the visionary Australians who founded it. Our journey so far has validated their courage and vision. Our distinctive research culture is renowned: of the seven Nobel Prizes awarded for work undertaken in Australia, ANU can claim four. We rank among the world's very finest universities.
ANU was founded by the Australian Government in 1946 with a mission to be of enduring significance to the nation by supporting Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbours’ economic development and social cohesion.
ANU has a research-intensive culture and is a centre of unparalleled intellectual talent and research excellence. Based in the Australian capital of Canberra, ANU has strong ties to the nation’s policy makers and it sets the standard on issues of national and international importance. ANU is led by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC.
The University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. In 2015, 95 per cent of broad-fields research at ANU rated above or well above world standard by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. ANU is ranked first in Australia, and 24th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
ANU scholars shape debate and extend knowledge in new and profound directions, nationally and globally. The University is a respected voice in Australia’s national conversation, shaping policy and equipping our leaders with confidence and knowledge. ANU works closely with other Australian national institutions, research organisations, foreign ministries and the Australian Parliament.
The University is home to more than 22,000 students, with more than half studying at the postgraduate level. ANU also attracts people from around the world, with roughly one quarter of its students coming from overseas. ANU graduates go on to take up leadership positions in government, industry, research and academia, at home and abroad.
ANU is Australia’s only member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The alliance of leading research and teaching institutions shares a global vision, with a focus on research-led teaching, educating future leaders and tackling some of this century’s biggest challenges.
The main ANU campus is situated on 145 hectares of parklands in the center of Canberra. Facilities include on-campus accommodation in a range of residential styles, modern laboratories and lecture theatres, and five main libraries.