Sandstone Universities in Australia

In Australia, the Sandstone Universities refer to the nation's oldest tertiary education institutions, they are The University of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Queensland, and UWA. All of them, except the University of Tasmania, have membership of the Group of Eight.

Sandstone Universities are ranked highly in the world. According to the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, all of them are ranked within the World Top 400 institutions in 2009.

The University of Sydney
- Established in 1850 (the oldest university in the country).
- Top 3 institutions in Australia, tied for 36th overall globally with Univ of Melbourne (THE-QS 2009).
- It is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (a partnership of research-led universities from Europe, North America, South East Asia, Australia and Africa).

The University of Melbourne
- Founded in 1853 (2nd oldest university in the country).
- 73rd globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2008.
- 51st internationally in the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) university ranking 2009.
- 3rd nationally in the Teaching Performance Rankings (Australian newspaper 2005).

The University of Adelaide
-  Founded in 1874 (the third oldest in the country).
- Awarded five stars for its MBA programs (GMAA, 2007).
- One of the top 25 universities in the Asia Pacific region (ARWU 2007).
- It has the highest research earnings per capita of any university in the nation.

The University of Tasmania
- Founded in 1890 ( the fourth oldest University in the country).
- Placed in the top 300 globally in THE-QS Rankings in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
- Rated 326th in 2009 THE-QS Rankings.
- One of the top 14 Australian universities and top 70 in Asia-Pacific (ARWU 2008).

The University of Queensland
- Founded in 1909 (the oldest in the state and 5th oldest in the country).
- A Top 50 university in the world (THE-QS 2009).
- Received five-star rating for six key performance indicators in The Good Universities Guide (2007).
- 2nd in Australia (Webometrics ranking of top universities in the world 2006).

The University of Western Australia
- Founded in 1911 (the oldest university in the state).
- 5th in the AFR (Australian Financial Review) BOSS MBA ranking 2009.
- Top 6 in Australia and Top 100 globally (Newsweek 2006).
- Placed within the world top 150 institutions (ARWU 2008).