The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, comprehensive in general and professional education and distinguished by depth and breadth in research. The group operated as an informal network of vice-chancellors from 1994 to 1999. It was formally incorporated in September 1999.
Go8 universities can be distinguished in the following ways:
they have nurtured every Nobel prize winner educated at an Australian university
they contribute over 70 percent of the Fellows of the four Australian learned academies
they are the most research concentrated of all Australian universities
they account for more than two thirds of Australian university research activity, research output and research training.
Dr MIchael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, is the current Chair of the Group of Eight Board.