University Rankings and Reputation
The strength of Australian and New Zealand universities is consistently confirmed by their performance in a range of different international university rankings.
It is important to check and compare different rankings to get a balanced picture. We recommend also checking the annual international university rankings from the Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Jiao Tong. The Times Higher Education rankings report for 2021 places six Australian universities in the world’s top 100, as compared to 11 from the UK.
International degree recognition
Australia and New Zealand both have education systems based on the British model, and Australian and New Zealand university qualifications are recognised all over the world as being the direct equivalent of qualifications from British universities.
This excellent recognition between the systems is not just reassuring; it is key if you are hoping to study a professional degree – such as veterinary science, nursing, engineering, medicine, or social work overseas. Many of the national regulatory bodies for these professions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand already have agreements in place with one another to ensure that graduates from one country are immediately approved to work in the other. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, for example, accredits many of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degrees taught at Australian and New Zealand universities, which ensures that students can qualify as a vet in either country, and then return immediately to the UK to work, without having to do any kind of registration test or undertake any further study.
Groups and Affiliations
Universitas 21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities, working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research-inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalisation.
Global members include: University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, University of Glasgow (UK), University College Dublin (Ire), McGill University (Can), University of Virginia (US), The Ohio State University (US), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Chn), National University of Singapore (Sing) and the University of Amsterdam (Nld).
The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is a select international group of outstanding universities, with each member leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions.
Global members include: Dartmouth College (USA), Durham University (UK), Queen’s University (Can), Universitat Tubingen (Ger) and Uppsala University (Swe).
International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)
The IARU is an international alliance of ten of the world’s leading research universities. Its members are the Australian National University (ANU); the University of Oxford; the University of Cambridge; the University of Copenhagen; Yale University ETH Zurich; the National University of Singapore; Peking University; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Tokyo.
Worldwide Universities Network
The Worldwide Universities Network is a global network driving international research collaboration and developing research talent. It has 19 member universities from 11 countries, including the University of Bristol, the University of York, the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.
Association of Pacific Rim Universities
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) was founded in 1997, to establish a premier alliance of research universities in the region, to act as an advisory body to international organisations, governments and business on the development of science and innovation as well as on the broader development of higher education. Its 45 members come from all around the Pacific Rim and include: Stanford University; The University of California, Berkeley; The University of California, Los Angeles; The University of Tokyo; National University of Singapore and The University of Hong Kong.
Innovative Research Universities (IRU)
IRU is a network of six Australian universities conducting research of national and international standing.
The Australian Technology Network
The Australian Technology Network is a group of five of Australia’s innovative and enterprising universities.