Australian National University (ANU)

About ANU

ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Our location points to our unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.

Our focus on research as an asset, and an approach to education, ensures our graduates are in demand the world-over for their abilities to understand, and apply vision and creativity to addressing complex contemporary challenges.

Our history

ANU is Australia’s national university and has a unique history among Australian universities. Learn about our history, and how it continues to influence the work we do here today on the page below, and visit our Heritage website for more information.

Strategic priorities

ANU has an international reputation for excellence in research, education and policy expertise. As we enter the strategic planning process we will explore our vision, our ambition, and set our agenda heading towards 2025.

As part of the strategic planning process we will be reviewing and consulting on our areas of excellence and strategic priority. Keep watching this space for updates on working groups and consultation focused on specific areas of excellence.

Awards & achievements

ANU is a world-leading centre for research, education and policy engagement.

Choose ANU

There are lots of universities to choose from, but only one ANU. Browse these pages and see why we're different, and why we consistently rank among the top universities, not just in Australia but also around the world.Choosing the right university is an important decision, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one.

Discover what we mean by research-led education. Explore our study programs, including our world-leading flexible double degrees that let you combine passions and interests. Imagine immersing yourself in your studies overseas with help from an ANU travel grant. Reflect on a holistic approach to learning that gives you the tools and opportunities to create your own future.

Plans & reviews

The Australian National University is endowed by the nation to bring credit to Australia through the quality of its research, education and contribution to societal transformation. Our strategic plans reflect our priorities and responsibilities to the nation, the region and the world.

Research & innovation

ANU is a research-intensive university and our research priorities reflect the challenges facing the world today. From next generation solar energy solutions to political engagement strategies, ANU researchers are working at the forefront of their fields and changing the world for the better.


When you graduate from ANU you become a lifelong member of our alumni community and part of a diverse group of individuals across the globe. Whether your interests are in future study, building a career, travel or re-connecting with fellow alumni, the ANU Alumni Program offers you plenty of benefits.

Benefits of being part of the alumni community include career and professional development, email for life and digital academic transcripts, access to library resources, and opportunities to volunteer. We’ll also keep you up-to-date on alumni news and send you event invitations and alumni-only offers.


ANU works closely with other organisations to enhance and increase the opportunities available to our students and scholars. Our strong alliances with other universities in Australia and overseas, the Australian Government, industry and not-for-profit organisations have increased access to education, and opportunities for engagement and exchange, collaborative research and innovation.