About ANU

The Australian National University (ANU) is unlike any other university in Australia. Founded in 1946, in a spirit of post-war optimism, our role was to help realise Australia's potential as the world recovered from a global crisis.

That vision, to support the development of national unity and identity, improve our understanding of ourselves and our neighbours, and provide our nation with research capacity amongst the best in the world, and education in areas vital for our future, has been our mission ever since.

It can be difficult work, but it's work we proudly do-because connecting talented people with diverse perspectives, equipping and encouraging them to address the most complex of tomorrow's problems, and ensuring Australia's future is not just our approach-it's also our national role and international responsibility as Australia's national university, and it's a responsibility from which we'll never waver.

Academic areas
Academic areas

Academic Colleges »

ANU has seven academic colleges that house a number of schools and research centres that specialise in a range of...
University Executive
University Executive

University Executive »

The ANU Executive Leadership Team is headed by our Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer Professor...
Our campus
Our campus

Campuses & facilities »

You'll find ANU in the inner-city suburb of Acton, Canberra in the ACT. But we also have other campuses in the ACT, NSW...
Strategic priorities
Strategic priorities

Strategic planning »

The Australian National University is endowed by the nation to bring credit to Australia through the quality of its...

Global engagement and international strategy »

ANU Global Engagement's responsibility is to make the work of ANU accessible to our communities. Our work showcases the...
Awards & achievements
Awards & achievements

Awards & achievements »

ANU is a world-leading centre for research, education and policy engagement. Here you can browse our list of...
Governance
Governance

Governance »

ANU is governed under the auspices of the Australian National University Act 1991 and the Public Governance,...
Our history
Our history

Our history »

ANU is Australia's national university and has a unique history among Australian universities. Learn about our history...

National Institutes Grant »

The ANU was established in 1946 with a special charter – to give the nation a world-class capacity in research in...