Maybe the best students can't afford to go over to the US or UK, and thought that melbourne happened to be a very good university. I don't think any academic excellence award winner from my school went overseas.
I certainly don't think it is a good idea to send or encourage all your best students from Australia to study in the UK and US. Australia or any country wanting to maintain its competitive edge for that matter should ensure that their own universities are comparable to the best British and American universities and I think for Australian universities, ANU seems to be in a good position to challenge the status quo. There is, for one, the danger of losing your own talent (who should ideally be contributing to Australia's economy) to the UK and the US if you were to keep sending your best students overseas, i.e. resulting in a severe brain drain like what is happening in New Zealand. Your own universities will also never match the level of the others if all the best students leave to contribute their research work at foreign universities.
It is also not exactly fair to compare universities with the immense benefit of centuries of history and development like Oxbridge particularly in a former colonial power (which devised strategies to siphon off the vast wealth, and robbed the cultural artefacts - some of which still sit in their museums - of its colonies and lands invaded to 'motherland Britain' for centuries) and universities with, say, only a hundred or so years behind them elsewhere. As I see it, it is only natural and highly predictable for universities with a longer heritage to be more reputable and ranked higher up than other universities which are relatively new. So in that sense, if you want a fair comparison, you should consider the years in which the universities were established (e.g. 1946 for Australian National University and 1209 for Cambridge University).
Well, I don't know of many Aussie Universities but my cousin lives in Melborne and she goes to University of Melbourne and according to her, Uni of Melbourne and Uni of Sydney are top Australian Unis.
Firstly, I'd like to point out that the league tables are dodgy. As in, super dodgy, because ANU's always at the top of the tables but I know hardly anybody (okay, 1 person) who actually wants to go there. I think the general concensus is that Melbourne's the best university in Australia, from a local's (WAustralian) perspective. And the vice chancellor of Cambridge appears to think appears so too, judging from the quote in the Melbourne uni prospectus.
I agree with oxbridge being better than any Australian universities, though I still don't think it's fair of you to say that all our bright students want to go overseas because our universities aren't "all that".
I currently go to UQ and im doing Applied Science. It is very boring.
Sydney Uni's the best. (uh, i am a little biased here).
ANU is good, but it is in Canberra, which is a bit dull.
UNSW is ok, too. It's a little hard to get to (transport links aren't so good).
But Sydney uni is quite pretty. My cousin was going to unsw but she changed her mind because she thought sydney would be more interesting. if that's any help.
melbourne is good. monash is good for science.
ah. i just looked at the date. two months ago. ah well.
The official List that was in some uni study that my lecturer put up today in communication regulation on the best teaching at unis in AUS.
1- Uni of Woolongong
2- Australian Maratime College
4-University of Queensland... he sort of skipped then went to
35- Queensland University of Technology... he has hang ups about QUT you see.