University Challenge: How much do you know about Australian universities?

University Challenge: How much do you know about Australian universities?

University Challenge: How much do you know about Australian universities?

Updated 9 May 2014, 9:59 AEST

Do you know which Australian university has the most students? What about the richest alumni? We’ve got the lowdown on the biggest, the smallest – and the one that’s educated the most prime ministers!

We’ve asked some of the big questions about Australia’s universities. Do you know which one has the largest number of international students? Or the biggest campus? What about the richest alumni? Here are some of the facts:

1. Which Australian university has the largest number of students?
Which Australian university has the largest number of students?
Monash University. Source: Donaldytong, Wikipedia (CC BY)
While Melbourne’s Monash University comes in first in terms of student numbers with 63,000 enrollments in 2012, it is knocked out of first place on a technicality. RMIT University’s several international campuses give it the advantage with a total of 82,000 students, including 17,000 enrolled at overseas campuses.

Meanwhile the Northern Territory’s Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in had only 22 students in 2012 making it the smallest tertiary education provider in Australia.
2. Which Australian university has the most academic staff?
Which Australian university has the most academic staff?
University staff from UWA Source: University of Western Australia (supplied)
In 2011 Queensland University employed 3930 full time academic staff, just edging out the University of Sydney and its 3698 academics.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Northern Territory’s Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has only 47 academic staff.

In terms of academic qualifications, Queensland University comes in on top again, with over 82% of its academic staff having completed a PhD. The Australian National University is next with 78% educated to PhD level, and Monash University comes a close third at 73%.
3. Which Australian university has the most campuses?
Which Australian university has the most campuses?
Curtin University. Source: Macleanb, Wikipedia (CC BY)
Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, has 15 campuses across Australia. MCD University of Divinity is not far behind with 11 campuses, followed by Victoria University with 10 campuses. There are five universities in Australia with only one campus: Bond, Flinders and Australia National University, as well as the Universities of Canberra and of New England.
4. Which is the richest university in Australia?
Which is the richest university in Australia?
Main campus Source: Melbourne University (supplied)
According to its 2013 Annual Report, the University of Melbourne had a gross income of $1.92 billion making it by far the best performer in the Australian tertiary education sector. The Australia Good University Guide also lists the University of Melbourne as one of four star performers when it comes to obtaining non-government funding.
5. Which university has the largest single campus in Australia?
Which university has the largest single campus in Australia?
UNSW campus. Source: unsw, Flickr (CC BY)
Murdoch University’s main campus at South Street is located 15km south of Perth’s CBD and 8km east of Fremantle. The Uni's official website says the campus is set in a beautiful bush environment and covers an area of over 227 hectares, making it the largest university campus in Australia.
6. Which Australian university campuses are within easy reach of capital cities?
Which Australian university campuses are within easy reach of capital cities?
RMIT University CBD campus. Source: AshGreen, Wikipedia (CC BY)
There are two types of universities in Australia: city-based and regional universities. Unlike a lot of university towns in the United States, many Australian universities try to attract students, especially international students, by establishing campuses in the CBD of capital cities.

In Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney’s main campuses are in the vicinity of the city. Quite a number of other universities, including some interstate institutions have also set up additional campuses in Sydney's CBD. These include: Central Queensland, Charles Sturt, Latrobe, and Macquarie Universities, as well as the University of Notre Dame Australia, University of New South Wales, Victoria University and the University of Wollongong.

In Melbourne, RMIT and Melbourne University’s main campuses are all within the boundary of the city of Melbourne. Victoria University, Monash, Latrobe, Central Queensland and Charles Sturt universities all have campuses within Melbourne’s CBD too.

In Brisbane, Central Queensland and James Cook Universities both have campuses in the city of Brisbane.

Curtin University has a campus in Perth.

The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia both have campuses in the city centre.

In the ACT, the Australian National University is within close proximity of Canberra’s civic centre. NSW-based Charles Sturt University also has a campus nearby.
7. Which Australian university has the greatest number of rich alumni?
Which Australian university has the greatest number of rich alumni?
Source: Victoria University, Wikipedia (CC BY)
Donations from university alumni remain an important source of funding for Australian universities. So which has the wealthiest graduates?

The non-American university rich list puts the University of Sydney in fifth place globally, it boasts more graduates with personal wealth above $US30 million than any other Australian university.
8. Which Australian university has the most Prime Ministers as graduates?
Which Australian university has the most Prime Ministers as graduates?
Parliament House Canberra, Australia. Source:JJ Harrison, Wikipedia (CC BY)
Australia's first public university, Sydney University, has educated six of Australia’s 28 prime ministers, including current leader Tony Abbott. Another four prime ministers were educated at Australia’s second oldest university, the University of Melbourne, including former PM Julia Gillard.

Graduates of the Australian National University, include former Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke.

It's worth knowing that many Australian universities provide for students across the spectrum, including offering a helping hand to those from a low socio-economic background. Three Queensland universities - Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Southern Queensland have the highest percentage of disadvantaged students, with about a quarter of students from low income families.
9. Which Australian university has the highest number of international students?
Which Australian university has the highest number of international students?
Source: DellVenue, Flickr (CC BY)
Melbourne’s Monash University has the highest onshore population of international students at 22,000 students, that’s35% of its total student population. RMIT has the largest combined total of onshore and offshore number of international students with 28,000 enrolments. This makes up nearly half its total student population.
10. Which universities have the highest graduate employment rate and highest student satisfaction rate?
Which universities have the highest graduate employment rate and highest student satisfaction rate?
Source: Quan Nguyen, Flickr (CC BY)

Charles Darwin University stands out as a star performer in 2012 – 87.2% of its graduates landed a job within four months of graduation. It’s followed closely by the universities of New South Wales, Southern Queensland, Central Queensland, Wollongong Canberra and the MCD University of Divinity which all report well over 80% graduate employment.

According to the independent Sweeney Research Group's 2009 'Uni Student Report', the University of Wollongong has the highest overall satisfaction rate among Australian university students. Next on the list, the Australian National University, La Trobe University , University of Southern Queensland and Queensland University of Technology all rank highly in terms of student satisfaction.