When Charles William Wentworth proposed the idea of Australia’s first university in 1850, he imagined “the opportunity for the child of every class to become great and useful in the destinies of this country”. We’ve stayed true to that original value and purpose by promoting inclusion and diversity for the past 160 years.
In 1852 the University’s doors open with a focus on the classics, sciences and mathematics, as well as 'modern' subjects French, German and political thought. In 1874 University of Sydney Union (USU) established – the first in Australia
As early as 1881 we admitted women on an equal footing to male students.It's also why, from the very start, talented students of all backgrounds were given the chance to access further education through bursaries and scholarships. In 1929 Students’ Representative Council formed while the first edition of Honi Soit goes to print.
Generous individuals have played a key role throughout our history.
Shortly after the University was established, prominent Sydney figures began to support our approach to education with bequests, including the equivalent of $32 million from John Henry Challis in 1880. It is this tradition of giving and giving back that continues to help us contribute to improving lives and social outcomes and welcoming students from all walks of life.
In 2014 The Charles Perkins Centre, a cross-disciplinary research and education hub, opens to discover life-changing solutions to global health problems such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and related conditions.