CBR: Nurturing Australia’s brightest minds

Posted 2 Jan 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Canberra is home to some of Australia’s most prestigious universities and educational institutions not to mention the nation’s brightest academics and thought leaders.

These world-class education providers contribute daily to securing Canberra’s status as the learning capital of Australia.

The variety of tertiary education accessible in our city provides something for all students, regardless of their chosen academic path.

Here’s a snapshot of the very best tertiary education providers in Canberra.

Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research. ANU was ranked first in the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia survey, with more than 94 per cent of academics’ research rated above world standard or well above world standard.

ANU students are taught by world-renowned scholars—individual thinkers at the forefront of their respective fields. Scholars shape debate, make vital breakthroughs and extend knowledge in new and profound directions, nationally and globally.

ANU is home to 17,700 students, more than half studying at the undergraduate level. The university also attracts people from around the world, with roughly one quarter of its students coming from overseas. ANU graduates go on to take up leadership positions in government, industry, research and academia, at home and abroad.

The university stands alongside the world’s other leading research and teaching institutions as Australia’s only member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The alliance shares a global vision, with a focus on research-led teaching, educating future leaders and tackling some of this century’s biggest challenges, including climate change.

With its legacy of intellectual leadership, position of national prominence and global reach, ANU provides a memorable, rewarding and enriching experience for each and every student.

University of Canberra

The University of Canberra (UC) is a fast-growing university that values innovation and collaboration. Their performance in the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings place UC in the top 4% of universities globally.

UC is known for offering a range of qualifications and pathways designed to help students achieve their career and educational goals, no matter where they are in their lives. Students can choose flexible delivery modes, combine different areas of study, accelerate their study or gain international exposure as part of their degree.

The University’s strong emphasis on work-integrated learning gives their students valuable experience to develop key skills in the workplace. UC’s graduates are in high demand and many of their 78,000 alumni occupy senior positions in public and private enterprise in Australia and around the world.

UC’s research focuses on real-world problems and collaborations with national and international partners to deliver results that make a significant impact on the world.

The University of Canberra has plans to transform their Bruce campus with cutting-edge sport facilities, a new state-of-the-art public hospital and cancer care centre.  Their students enjoy a diverse campus culture with over 4,500 international students from 107 different countries.

Canberra Institute of Technology

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is the ACT and region’s leading training organisation providing career opportunities and partnering with industry and individuals to help students change the course of their lives.

More people study across CIT’s six locations than any other tertiary education provider in the ACT. CIT’s students include school leavers, first-time employees, and those seeking to change careers, or to enhance their existing career.

CIT offers over 400 courses, including bachelor degrees, apprenticeships, diplomas and pathways with local and national universities. CIT teachers have industry experience and work with students in a flexible, supportive environment, including smaller class sizes, hands-on activities, great facilities and equipment. Students benefit from this expertise, support and personal attention.

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public not-for-profit university funded by the Australian Government. As a publicly funded university, it is open to students and staff of all beliefs.

The Canberra Campus (Signadou) has more than 1,000 students including over 30 international students and is conveniently located 5km from Canberra’s city centre. Students undertake professional placements and volunteer work throughout their studies, with many securing excellent jobs before they graduate.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU, to the point where it’s embedded within the university’s courses. This allows students to give back to their communities and make a difference through opportunities such as volunteer experience programs.

ACU students can also attend an overseas university in more than 16 countries, complete international internships, and work in community programs around the world – all while receiving credit towards their degree.

ACU is a great place to meet people and have new experiences. Each campus student association hosts events such as barbecues, balls and concerts. There are also clubs, societies and sporting events such as ACU Games and University Games.

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