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Vice Chancellor

Professor Brian Schmidt AC
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Campus locations

  • Main Campus (Acton)
  • Canberra Hospital, Clinical School
  • Kioloa Coast Campus
  • Mt Stromlo Observatory
  • North Australia Research Unit
  • Siding Spring Observatory


The Australian National University (ANU) is a world-leading contributor to public policy formation and debate and a celebrated place of intensive research and high-quality education. Based in the Australian capital of Canberra, ANU has strong ties to the nation’s policy makers and it sets the standard on issues of national and international importance. ANU is led by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC.

ANU has a research-intensive culture and is a centre of unparalleled intellectual talent and research excellence.

ANU was founded by the Australian Government in 1946 with a mission to be of enduring significance to the nation by supporting Australia’s understanding of itself and its neighbours’ economic development and social cohesion.

The University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. In 2015, 95 per cent of broad-fields research at ANU rated above or well above world standard by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. ANU is ranked 22nd in the world in the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings.

ANU scholars shape debate and extend knowledge in new and profound directions, nationally and globally. The University is a respected voice in Australia’s national conversation, shaping policy and equipping our leaders with confidence and knowledge. ANU works closely with other Australian national institutions, research organisations, foreign
ministries and the Australian Parliament.

The University is home to more than 22,000 students, with more than half studying at the postgraduate level. ANU 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.

ANU is Australia’s only member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The alliance of leading research and teaching institutions shares a global vision, with a focus on research-led teaching, educating future leaders and tackling some of this century’s biggest challenges.

The main ANU campus is situated on 145 hectares of parklands in the centre Canberra. Facilities include on-campus accommodation in a range of residential styles, modern laboratories and lecture theatres, and five main libraries.