Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic university was opened on 1 January 1991, a public not-for-profit university funded by the Australian Government. It is open to students and staff of all beliefs and all backgrounds. ACU is Australia's leading Catholic university and is supported by more than 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition. 

ACU has six campuses located in the state capital cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, the national capital, Canberra, and the regional centre of Ballarat. The university has a strategy of research concentration in four areas: Theology and Philosophy; Health; Education; and the Common Good and Social Justice.

Australian Catholic University achieved a number of coveted 'five-star' performance ratings in the 2010 edition of The Good Universities Guide.

The university performed particularly well in the area of indigenous participation, with four out of the six campuses receiving the highest ratings in their individual states for this category. Similarly, the university performed strongly in the areas of access and equity and proportion given credit for TAFE studies.

The most recent report by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), commended ACU for its highly supportive student environment, the outcomes it has achieved for Indigenous students and its positive engagement with the community. It is ranked as one of the best Universities for business in the world.

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CQ University  
Central Queensland University (alternatively known as CQUniversity) is an Australian public university based in Queensland. Its main campus is in North Rockhampton, Queensland. However, it also has campuses in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay and Noosa, as well as a study hub in Cairns and and a research hub in Adelaide. It has metropolitan campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. As of 2012 the metropolitan campuses hosted both international and domestic students.
In 2012, the University received eleven, 5-star ratings, more than any other university in Queensland. These included "access by equity groups," "graduate salaries," "indigenous participation" and "graduate satisfaction."
In the Melbourne Institute's 2006 rankings of Australian universities, CQUniversity was ranked thirty-second of 38 Universities ranked in Arts and Humanities, thirty-fifth of 39 Universities ranked in Business, thirtieth of 35 Universities ranked in Education, twenty-fourth of 28 Universities ranked in Engineering, 28th of 38 Universities in Science.
In 2012, CQUniversity lifted its rankings in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) audit from 28 (in 2010) to 21. The University picked up three five-star ratings in 2012, up from its 2010 result of just two three-star ratings. CQUniversity performed at or well above world standard in four areas of research according to ERA 2012, with nursing research continuing to perform at 'world standard', and research in applied mathematics, agriculture and land management, and other medical and health sciences deemed to be ranked at the highest levels of performance 'well above world standard'.
CQUniversity is ranked the number one university in the world for mental health nursing research, according to SciVal and based on relevant articles published. The Regional Australia Institute also ranks CQUniversity as being in the top 10 organisations in Australia influencing regional development, alongside such prestigious organisations as the CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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Queensland University of Technology
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is a highly successful Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research. Based in Brisbane with a global outlook, we have over 40,000 students, including approximately 7,000 from overseas, and an annual budget of more than AU$750 million.  In 2011, QUT attracted over $100M in research funding (including research performance block grant awarded by the Australian Government) and based on 2010 data will expend over $200M on Research and Development in 2012.
QUT is focused on high quality research outputs as supported by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia assessment process where over 70% of our identified fields of research were assessed as world-class and above.  In addition, QUT is ranked 9thin the country for research performance block grant funding – a direct result of the university’s performance in income attraction, research outputs and higher degree research supervision and completions.
QUT offers a broader range of undergraduate degrees than most other universities, with the flexibility to choose a combination of study areas as well as participate in exchange programs with overseas universities.
QUT’s Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses are easily among the most lively, beautiful campuses in an urban setting anywhere in the world. QUT is a modern university with a fast growing research trajectory, giving real-world learning opportunities to our students and graduates.
QUT's overall vision for the future is to:
  • provide outstanding learning environments and programs that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates, enabling them to work in and guide a world characterised by increasing change
  • undertake high-impact research and development in our areas of research strength, at the highest international standards, reinforcing our applied emphasis and securing significant commercial and practical outcomes
  • strengthen and extend our strategic partnerships with professional and broader communities to reflect both our academic ambitions and our civic responsibility.
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Griffith University
Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Breaking with university tradition when it offered Australia's first degrees in Asian and environmental studies, Griffith has grown to be a large multi-campus institution with internationally recognised strengths in teaching and research. Griffith offers more than 300 degrees in: arts, languages and criminology; business; education; engineering and information technology; environment, planning and architecture; environment and public policy; health; law; music; science; visual and creative arts. Work-integrated learning enhances student learning experiences, producing work-ready graduates who can make a real contribution to their local and international communities. 
Today Griffith's strategic research places it on track to be a world leader in the fields of Asian politics, trade and development; climate change adaptation; criminology; drug discovery and infectious disease; health; sustainable tourism; water science; music and the arts. Griffith is a member of Innovative Research Universities and focuses its research efforts in areas of strategic importance locally, nationally and globally. Griffith offers a distinctive learning experience that fosters global perspectives in all of its students - from a curriculum engaged with international issues, to staff and student exchanges abroad, and hosting renowned scholars from around the world. Griffith has developed close partnerships with more than 150 educational institutions, many of which are world leaders. 
Each of Griffith's five campuses, spanning Australia's fastest growing corridor from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, has specific areas of teaching and research strength and works closely with its local community. With more than 40,000 students from 124 countries, Griffith is Australia's ninth largest higher education provider. 
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University of Queensland
UQ is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide, measured through a number of major independent university rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings. UQ is placed among the top 10 institutions in the Asia-Pacific by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and is rated five stars (the highest rating given) by the QS Five Star Plus Rating. More than 46,000 students including 11,389 international students from 142 nations choose to study at UQ. 
In addition to flexibility in program choice, UQ students also benefit from the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities during their studies. There are study abroad opportunities to more than 175 partner institutions and access to more than 170 clubs and societies, as well as sports and cultural facilities.
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