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UniSA is a globally-focused, locally-engaged institution established on the dual principles of equity and excellence.
Our research is inventive and adventurous and creates new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizen at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change.
Ideas: We are creating new knowledge and developing new ideas for current world issues.
Solutions: We are taking on the challenges of tomorrow by finding solutions through our world class research today.
Connections: We are partnered globally and nationally with academic, research and industry leaders to help build a vibrant and successful society.
We are a university for the 21st century.
We offer degree programs across a wide range of subjects including business, law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment.
- we deliver for students the best possible start for their future careers;
- we produce graduates who are capable of identifying opportunities and contributing to a vibrant and successful society;
- we partner with industry and the professions to conduct research that’s cutting-edge and relevant; and
- we engage meaningfully with our community.
We believe a university's reputation is determined largely by the quality of its graduates, and we are proud that more than 90 per cent of our graduates now in full-time work are employed in professional occupations within four months of completing their degrees.
The UniSA Business School is a leading Australian business school with a reputation for excellence.
Engaging with industry is at the core of our teaching philosophy. As a student, you will gain valuable skills, experience and networks as you work with industry to solve real-world business problems. As a business, you will benefit from fresh insights and perspectives from our students, as well as help mould the next generation of business professionals.
School of Engineering
School of Art, Architecture and Design
School of Education
School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences
School of Psychology Social Work and Social Policy
School of Nursing and Midwifery
UniSA was founded in January 1991 through the amalgamation of the South Australian Institute of Technology and the Magill, Salisbury and Underdale campuses of the South Australian College of Advanced Education. (See Genealogy.)
Under the University's Act, its mission was "to preserve, extend and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy, and to provide educational programs that will enhance the diverse cultural life of the wider community."
A faculty structure was adopted in 1992, and in 1993 UniSA established the Australian Technology Network (ATN) with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, RMIT University in Melbourne and the University of Technology, Sydney.
In 1994, the first two research institutes the Ian Wark Research Institute and the Institute for Telecommunications Research were established, followed in 1996 by the Flexible Learning Centre, which played a major role in facilitating strategic directions for improving teaching and learning.
In 1997, UniSA became one of the first universities to identify seven Graduate Qualities, which remain central to our teaching and learning framework, and adopted a Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation.
A Statement of Strategic Intent was formalised in 1998 to clearly define the University's character and objectives, and the current divisional structure replaced the faculty structure.
Central to the University's evolution as a modern and diverse institution was Blueprint 2005, a $140 million project that saw the closure of the Underdale campus, the construction of major buildings at City West, City East and Mawson Lakes campuses, and the extension of others. Phase one was completed in early 2005 and phase two which included the construction of the Hawke Building at City West was completed in October 2007.
In 2008 a new Vision, Mission and Values statement was released as part of a new strategic direction, "New Horizons."
Udergraduate – you must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program or an equivalent program in your home country or a recognised Pathway or Foundation Studies Program.
If you are an international student studying Year 12 in Australia you need to apply via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).
Postgraduate – At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, to the required standard, from a recognised higher institution in Australian or the international equivalent and/or the equivalent professional work experience. The University offers both coursework and research degrees.
- We’re #24 in QS (Quacarelli Symonds) Top 50 Under 50;
- We’re #32 in THE (Times Higher Education) Top 150 Under 50;
- We’re #74 on Reuters’ list of Asia’s 75 Most Innovative Universities;
- We’re one of the top four rising stars in Nature Index’s 2016 Asia-Pacific index of scientific research;
- We are one of the world’s most international universities (top 200 globally and ranked 8th in Australia).
We are ranked as one of the world’s best places to study:
- Nursing (Top 50);
- Architecture (Top 100);
- Art and Design (Top 100);
- Education (Top 100);
- Our Business School is ranked in the world’s top 1%.
- 97% of our research assessed as world class or above;
- We’re Number 1 in Australia for industry income;
- We’re the youngest university to receive 5 stars in research;
South Australian rankings
- Number 1 for student satisfaction;
- Number 1 for graduate careers; and
- Number 1 for graduate employment in Education, IT and Business; and
- Number 1 for overall teaching quality in Law.
Your student association, USASA, coordinates all sorts of academic, cultural and academic clubs and societies across our campuses while UniSA Sport has a huge range of sporting clubs, with everything from hockey and basketball through to badminton and gridiron. No matter what your interest, be it arts, sports or contributing to your community - chances are there’s a club for you.
UniSA clubs and societies also serve to unite people with common cultural or political interests, or who are studying similar things.
If you don’t find what you’re after, USASA or UniSA Sport will even help you start a club.
Joining a club really is a great way to meet friends and enrich your uni life.
Are you a gym devotee? Is team sport more your thing? Or are you the type to chill out with yoga? Whatever you’re into, UniSA can get you moving with great facilities, clubs and teams, and many an opportunity to flex those muscles.
There's a huge range of sporting clubs associated with UniSA Sport, with everything from hockey and basketball through to badminton and gridiron. Check out the full list of clubs here.
You will also find a variety of services and facilities available at UniSA campuses, including the UniSA Sport Gyms, Pool and Facilities, and the UniSA Physiotherapy Clinic, offering assessments and treatments at a low cost.
UniSA promotes and sustains open intellectual enquiry characterised by high standards of ethics and integrity. academic rigour, excellence and relevance underpin our actions in research and its application, in teaching and learning and in engagement with our communities.
UniSA’s teaching and research connect strongly with the issues of our local, national and international stakeholders—students, alumni, staff, partners, professions, government, industry, academic peers and community groups.
UniSA gives effect to reconciliation with indigenous australians and builds social cohesion by achieving equitable educational access and outcomes across our diverse student community, through research that aims to improve the quality of life and by acting responsibly as a corporate citizen.
UniSA contributes to environmentally, economically, socially and culturally sustainable development, and we work on reducing our own environmental impact.
UniSA anticipates change and acts quickly to seize opportunities and solve problems.
UniSA is outward looking, welcoming diversity and the wide range of perspectives it brings, international in outlook, collaborative, creative, agile and enterprising.