The University of New South Wales
The University of New South Wales is one of Australia’s foremost research-intensive universities, renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney – within easy reach of Sydney’s central business district, beaches and cultural centres – UNSW is a destination of choice for the best and brightest students from Australia and around the world.
Established in 1949, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has 50,516 students, including around 13,094 international students from more than 130 countries. The University has a strong regional and global focus, with a proud history of engagement with the Asia Pacific region. Its 180,000 alumni, many scattered throughout the world in influential positions, are a testament to the institution's excellence in teaching and research.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38 hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other campuses are the College of Fine Arts in Paddington, the heart of Sydney’s artistic community, UNSW@ADFA, the University College at the Australian Defence Force Academy, in the national capital Canberra, and sub-campuses at Randwick and Coogee in Sydney, as well as research stations around NSW.
UNSW has a broad disciplinary base, with faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science, as well as the College of Fine Arts, UNSW@ADFA and the Australian School of Business. The University has strong ties with industry and business, consistently performing at the top nationally in Australian Research Council Industry Linkage Grants. UNSW expertise is regularly sought after by business and government for a wide range of consultancy and training services.
Global in identity and endeavour
UNSW is committed to an international focus, believing that it is critically important to be open to the world through education and research. As a founding member of Universitas 21, an international alliance of 21 leading universities in 14 countries, UNSW has access to a network for international collaboration, and exchange of expertise and experience. It has also nurtured leading international minds, supporting international students since the inception of the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. Today it provides support through the AusAID Australian Development Scholarship Scheme and its own prestigious Golden Jubilee Scholarship Scheme.
Cutting-edge multidisciplinary research
The University of New South Wales is host to groundbreaking research in fields as diverse as quantum computing, molecular engineering, photovoltaics, robotics, biomedical research, financial markets and interactive cinema. UNSW has almost 100 research, teaching and community centres.
UNSW’s research centres foster multidisciplinary research. Furthering UNSW's goal to be a leader in environmental research is the Climate Change Research Centre, a multi-disciplinary research group comprising one of the largest Australian university laboratories in climate science, oceanography, terrestrial processes, atmospheric sciences and meteorology. Other world leading centres include the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Research and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics and Photonics. The new Centre for Energy Research and Policy Analysis brings a range of expertise from across the University to focus on this critical area. The newly opened Lowy Centre for Cancer Research is the largest integrated cancer research institute in the Southern Hemisphere.
UNSW is committed to excellence in research training and to the provision of a high quality postgraduate research student experience through its Graduate Research School.
Leading the way in learning and teaching
UNSW is consistently recognised as a national leader in learning and teaching, demonstrating the link between research intensity and teaching excellence. In line with its aim of attracting students with the highest potential, regardless of background, the University has a number of programs in place to encourage greater participation in higher education, including its Nura Gili Indigenous programs and Aspire, an outreach program aimed at rasing the educational aspirations of students from low socio- economic backgrounds.