Approximately 200,000 people from around the globe immigrate to Australia every year in pursuit of better opportunities, including Australian employment, educational options, freedom, a sense of community and an overall high standard of living. On all of these factors and more, Australia is one of the best places on Earth for a quality life. For example, the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, which was published in November 2015 by the London-based Legatum Institute, evaluated 142 countries according to various indicators of prosperity and declared Australia to be the #1 country in the world for education, as well as the 4th top country for social capital and the 7th most prosperous place on the planet. The Legatum researchers also ranked Australia #9 for personal freedom, #10 for governance, #12 for its economy, 14th in the world for entrepreneurship and opportunity, and the 15th top country for health, safety and security, out of the 142 countries examined.
Australia was rated by the Legatum Institute researchers as the best country in the world for education because of its superior performance on three key indicators: “access to education, quality of education, and human capital.” The Aussie education system has an excellent reputation for providing students with a high-quality education at all levels – primary school, secondary school, and tertiary education (such as vocational schools and world-class universities).
For example, the 2015-2016 QS World University Rankings listed several universities in Australia among the top 100 institutions of higher education. Australian National University tied with Kings College London (UK) for the world’s #19 best university; the University of Melbourne was rated #42; the University of Sydney was #45; the University of New South Wales tied with the University of Queensland for #46; Monash University was #67; and the University of Western Australia was the 98th top university on Earth.
In another respected evaluation, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015-2016 ranked the University of Melbourne as the #33 best university in the world; Australian National University was rated as the world’s #52 top institution of higher education; the University of Sydney was tied with the University of Manchester (UK) for 56th place; the University of Queensland was tied with the University of Washington in St. Louis (USA) at #60; Monash University was ranked #73 in the world; and the University of New South Wales was tied with the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) for the #82 top university on the planet.
According to the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Melbourne was tied with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as the 44th top university in the world; Australian National University and the University of Queensland tied for 77th place; and the University of Western Australia was rated as world’s #87 top institution of higher education.
These three well-known assessments of universities around the globe differ in their rankings, but they do share a common conclusion: Australia has several of the world’s top 100 universities!
Although the focus of this article is on Australia’s top-rated education system, it should be noted that the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index also considered Australia to be the 7th most prosperous country on the planet. Prosperity not only involves money, but also includes a combination of factors that collectively make people wealthy or well-off. Thus, Aussies are prosperous on many different levels. Whether you are seeking great educational options for yourself or your family; want to live in a socially-cohesive multicultural country; desire the freedom to follow your own dreams; want a government that is responsive to its people; are looking for Australian employment (or hope to start your own business); or want to live in a beautiful country that is healthy, safe and secure – you’ll find Australia to be an amazing place to live, work, study and raise a family. To learn more about how to immigrate to Australia through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, click here!