Classification and Groupings of Australian Universities
There are four main groupings of Australian Universities. These have been formed to promote the mutual objectives of the member universities. There are a number of objectives in this including marketing advantages, practical benefits of collaboration, and the increased lobbying power that comes from being part of a group. The four main groupings currently active are:
- ● Group of Eight (go8) (group of 8)
- ● Australian Technology Network (ATN)
- ● Innovative Research Universities (IRU)
- ● Regional Universities Network
Membership of any of these groups does not in itself signify anything special about the member universities. There are universities that are not part of any of these groupings that have their own set of strengths and foci. Most universities have international connections which might be more important to them than any domestic groupings. However, the groupings do represent universities which have a similar style and focus and the formation of these groups will most likely accentuate these similarities.
There was also a major grouping known as the:
This university grouping has now disbanded.