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UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement.
In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics.
UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world. Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards with record demand from the State’s top school leavers.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38 hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Art & Design
UNSW Art & Design is the top art and design school in Australia. We offer the widest array of creative degrees in the country including: Fine Arts, Design, Media Arts, Art and Design Education, Art History & Theory and Art Administration.
Arts & Social Sciences
We are a progressive and socially engaged Faculty, with distinctive strengths in scholarship across the contemporary Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Creative and Performing Arts.
At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, we combine outstanding teaching and research with a commitment to public engagement, social impact and an international perspective.
- The Arts & Media
- Humanities & Languages
- Social Sciences
At UNSW BE we focus on the design, construction and management of the 21st century city within the disciplines of Architectural Computing, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning.
- Australian Graduate School of Urbanism
- Australian School of Architecture and Design
The UNSW Business School is one of Australia’s top business schools distinguished by the high calibre of our academics, students and alumni. We lead the way in research performance and in the rankings of our education programs.
- AGSM (Australian Graduate School of Management)
- Banking and Finance
- Information Systems and Technology
- Risk and Actuarial Studies
- Taxation and Business Law
The Faculty of Engineering is a reputed centre for engineering studies and research in Australia. It offers over 60 years of sustained excellence in cutting-edge education, incorporating the latest developments in each field:
- Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering
UNSW Law is a leader in legal education in Australia. Our teaching is student-centred, research-based and outward looking - never losing sight of law’s impact on the way we live.
UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s great medical schools. During its 50 year history UNSW Medicine has grown to be a leading centre of education in medical and health-related disciplines, and a major force in Australian and international biomedical and health related research.
UNSW Medicine has close affiliations with a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and healthcare organisations.
- Medical Sciences
- Public Health and Community Medicine
- Women's and Children's Health
- Prince of Wales Clinical School
- Rural Clinical School
- St George Clinical School
- St Vincent's Clinical School
- South Western Sydney Clinical School
UNSW Science ranks in the world's top 50 universities for natural and life sciences and biomedicine, and top university in the State by the Government's "Excellence in Research Australia" process.
- Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Optometry and Vision Science
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
UNSW Canberra is a campus of The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).
UNSW Canberra provides undergraduate tertiary education for the midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force as well as postgraduate programs in Arts, Business, IT, Engineering, Management and Science open to the general community.
Students studying at UNSW Canberra gain all the advantages of studying with one of Australia’s largest, most well-established and research intensive tertiary institutions.
- Engineering and Information Technology
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences
The University was incorporated by Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney in 1949, but its character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843, leading to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878. The Institute sought ‘the diffusion of scientific and special knowledge’, the College sought to apply and teach it.
Commenced as The New South Wales University of Technology, the University’s international context is that of the Australian recognition of that scientific and technological impulse. It acknowledged at university level that profound development in human knowledge and concern that had impelled the nineteenth century industrial and scientific revolution.
The new University’s focus was on this new knowledge, this new way of encountering, explaining and improving the material world. Australia needed to keep abreast of the diversity of challenges associated with the Second World War, a demand recognised by the NSW Government in establishing the University. Its core concerns was teaching and research in science and technology, but its courses included humanities and commerce components in recognition of the need to educate the full human being.
Initially, in 1949, operating from the inner city campus of Sydney Technical College, it immediately began to expand on its present eastern suburb site at Kensington, where a major and continuing building program was pursued. Central to the University’s first twenty years was the dynamic authoritarian management of the first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Philip Baxter. He built the university from nothing to 15,000 students in 1968, pioneering both established and new scientific and technological disciplines against an external background of traditionalist criticism. A growing staff, recruited both locally and overseas, conducted research which established a wide international reputation.
The new University soon had Colleges at Newcastle (1951) and Wollongong (1961) which eventually became independent universities. The Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra became, and remains, a University College in 1981.
In 1958 the University name was changed to the University of New South Wales, and in 1960 it broadened its scholarly, student base and character with the establishment of a Faculty of Arts, soon to be followed, in 1960 by Medicine, then in 1971 by Law.
By Baxter’s retirement in 1969, the University had made a unique and enterprising Australian mark. The new Vice-Chancellor, Sir Rupert Myers, brought consolidation and an urbane management style to a period of expanding student numbers, demand for change in University style, and challenges of student unrest.
The 1980s saw a University in the top group of Australian universities. It became one of the largest in Australia, as well as, in many fields, the most innovative and diverse.
From 1951 the University had welcomed international students, and by 2000, of a student population of 31,000, about 6000 were international students, most from Asia. Annual graduation ceremonies are held in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The 1990s saw the addition of a Fine Arts dimension to the University and further development of the public and community outreach which had characterised the University from its beginnings. At present, private sources contribute 45% of its annual funding.
After fifty years of dynamic growth the University tradition is one of sustained innovation, a blend of scholarship and practical realism. Its tone is lively and informal, its atmosphere exciting and happy. It offers the widest range of Faculties, its initial emphasis on science and technology now sharing excellence with disciplines as various as Arts, Fine Arts, the Built Environment, Commerce, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, Management – that whole world of knowledge whose investigation and communication was its initial stimulus.
The QS World University Rankings 2015-16 placed UNSW 46th in the world and 4th in Australia. It was also awarded the QS 5 Star Plus badge for excellence, having received a five-star rating in all eight categories scoring over 900 points. The 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked UNSW to be 12th in the world for accounting and finance, 15th for law, 21st in engineering and technology and 21st for social sciences and management.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 placed UNSW 82th in the world and 5th in Australia.
The Australian Good Universities Guide 2014 scored UNSW 5-star ratings across 10 categories, more than any other Australian university. Monash University ranked second with seven five stars, followed by ANU, Melbourne University and the University of Western Australia with six each.
UNSW has produced more millionaires than any other Australian university and ranked 33rd in the world, according to the Spear's Wealth Management Survey.
Engineers Australia ranked UNSW as having the highest number of graduates in "Australia's Top 100 Influential Engineers 2013" list at 23%, followed by Monash University at 8%, the University of Western Australia, Sydney University and the University of Queensland at 7%.