Established in 1946, The Australian National University (ANU) is unique among its contemporaries as the only Australian university established by an Act of Federal Parliament. The university was founded to be an institution of enduring significance in the post-war life of the nation by supporting the development of national unity and identity, improving Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbors, and contributing to economic development and social cohesion. This national mission gives ANU a distinctive relationship with the Australian Federal Government.
Today ANU is a world-class research and teaching university, comprised of seven colleges which are made up of research and education centers, schools, and faculties. Each college has a substantial capacity to undertake research and teaching of the highest standard.
As Australia’s national university, ANU sets the standard in research, education and community engagement on issues of national and international importance. With its unique research intensity, ANU offers an exceptional environment for discovery and learning and sets the standard nationally in research, education, and community engagement on issues of national and international importance.
ANU is consistently ranked as Australia’s leading university and one of the world’s great research universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education, and Newsweek International. As one of the world’s leading universities, ANU has a far-reaching vision to advance Australia’s intellectual and creative capacity through broad-based research and research-led education.