Australia's Go8 Universities

The Group of Eight (Go8) represents Australia's leading research universities: The University of Adelaide, The Australian National Univ, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Australia. These eight Australian institutions are the oldest tertiary institutions in Australia.

It was established informally as a network of vice-chancellors in 1994 and was formally incorporated in 1999. The group is seen as Australia's version of the Ivy League, consisting of the most prestigious and wealthy universities in the country.

All members of the group except ANU, UNSW and Monash are known as "sandstone universities", and all of their primary campuses are based in the six largest Australian capital cities.

The Group of Eight aims to:
- enhance the contribution of Australia's universities to the nation's social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity;
- extend the contribution of Australia's universities to the generation and preservation of the world's stock of knowledge;
- strengthen Australia's capacity to engage in and benefit from global developments; and
expand opportunities for Australian students, regardless of background, to participate in world class higher education.

The group has been operating as an informal network of vice-chancellors since 1994. It was formally incorporated in September 1999.

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