About Crawford School
Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school.
Staff and students at the School play an essential role in shaping public policy through research, education and policy engagement.
Crawford School is home to some of the region’s most important researchers and many staff are active on government committees and in key advisory roles across government, business and civil society. Students at the School are valued members of the region’s leading public policy community and contribute actively to the impact being made on the world’s challenges surrounding such issues as water, food, energy, economic development, the environment, and governance.
Crawford School offers graduate degrees and executive programs in areas that include public policy, applied economics, public administration, and environmental management.
Crawford School is home to influential publications including the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and publications such as East Asia Forum, Dev Policy Blog, Policy Forum, Solutions, and Advance.
The Australian National University (ANU) was established by Federal Parliament in 1946 to lead the intellectual development of the nation through research and education of the highest international standard. Initially a full-time research university whose mandate was to undertake ‘postgraduate research and study both generally and in relation to subjects of national importance’, in 1960 ANU expanded and accepted responsibility for research-led undergraduate education at the same high level of distinction.
Today ANU is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres for discovery and teaching. Our students study alongside scholars who are at the forefront of their fields to become people of substance and influence in their chosen fields both at home and abroad.
Based in the national capital, Canberra, ANU collaborates closely with other research organisations, national institutions, and federal, state and territory governments. Generations of ANU scholars, teachers and graduates have made a real contribution to the economic, cultural and social prosperity of the nation.
ANU is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) – a strategic partnership based on a shared global vision, research-led teaching and a commitment to educating future leaders and tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. Other members of IARU are: ETH Zurich, the National University of Singapore, Peking University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Cambridge, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo and Yale University.
ANU has consistently been Australia’s highest-ranked university over many years and among the world’s best
Canberra is Australia’s national capital and the seat of the Australian Federal Parliament. Diplomats from all over the world live in Canberra, adding greatly to its political importance and multicultural flavour. Canberra is a planned city located within the self-governing Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It has a population of over 358,900.
Canberra is a major cultural centre for Australia, with many attractions of national significance. These include the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon) and the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra’s many national institutions provide a valuable cultural and political backdrop to life in the capital, as well as accessible resources for students.
ANU commands a magnificent position in the centre of Canberra between the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and the slopes of Black Mountain. The campus reflects the natural environment of the city, with pleasant natural expanses surrounding the buildings. The main campus occupies 145 hectares and is just a five-minute bike ride from the city.
Canberra is within easy driving distance of Australia’s largest city and a range of natural attractions. It is located approximately three hours’ drive southwest of Sydney and seven hours’ drive north of Melbourne. For those who enjoy the ocean, it is just a two-hour drive to the beautiful beaches of the south coast of New South Wales. For those who enjoy the bush, Namadji National Park, covering 1,000 square kilometres, is right on Canberra’s doorstep. And for those who enjoy the snow, the Snowy Mountains alpine region is just a few hours away.
A city of four seasons
The residents of Canberra enjoy the delights of four distinct seasons. The city is known for its blue skies and sunshine nearly all year round. The climate is best described as continental – warm summers and cool winters. The hottest month is January and the coldest month is July. Even on the coldest of days in winter, there is a good chance that the sun will be shining, as Canberra winters are generally quite dry. If you’re coming to Canberra, make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes, but also hats and sunscreen for the summer!