Could an Olympic Gold medal be in your university future?

Many Olympic athletes are able to hone their talents whilst studying at University and perhaps go on to achieve their Olympic dream either as a graduate or whilst still studying.  Many university campuses can provide elite and promising athletes with excellent training facilities, support and competition that they may not have previously had access to.

So, if an Olympic Gold medal is something that you aspire to, then you may be interested to find out which of the world’s universities produced the greatest number of gold medal winners at the Rio Olympics in 2016? Luckily the people at Times Higher Education Rankings have compiled a list, and Australia’s Griffith University comes in joint 9th place!

The tables produced by Times Higher Education (THE) detail which universities can count the most 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal-winning athletes among their undergraduate alumni (not the total golds won). They are based on publicly available data, and include both people with an undergraduate degree from the named institution, and those currently studying towards one. You can see the tables here.

An impressive 22 current and past students from Griffith University travelled to Rio to take part in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympics. The University currently supports over 440 elite athletes in total – one of the highest numbers in Australia.

Those numbers are set to increase over the next couple of years as Griffith University is one of the official partners of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  As part of the partnership, the University is currently offering extremely generous Commonwealth Games Scholarships to students interested in studying a range of sport and event related programmes offered by the University, or who are already elite athletes interested in studying any programme at the University.  Find out more about these scholarship opportunities here – the current round of applications is open now until 27th January 2017.

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