The University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia encourages creativity and innovation at international standards and has a reputation for excellence and enterprise. It offers a wide range of exciting and comprehensive undergraduate opportunities, as well as higher degree programs for those who want to 'add value' to their existing qualifications.
Established in 1911, the university is Western Australia's oldest and has a student population of about 16,700. It offers courses across nine faculties: arts, humanities and social sciences; natural and agricultural sciences; life and physical sciences; architecture, landscape and visual arts; law; economics and commerce; education; engineering, computing and mathematics; and medicine and dentistry. In addition, the UWA Graduate School of Management has offshore teaching programs in Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Shanghai, and the UWA Graduate School of Education has offshore programs in Singapore and Hong Kong.
International excellence is the focus of the university's vision, and as a result high priority is attached to the quality of teaching and research and to outcomes for graduates. The proportion of the university's graduates accepted into fulltime employment is among the highest in Australia, and graduates consistently have the best success rate in gaining full-time employment when compared with graduates from other Western Australian universities.
The university's teaching staff help provide a learning environment that stimulates creativity and innovation. They are supported by quality teaching facilities and computing facilities that link staff and students with the wider world of learning and research. More than a third of the university's academic staff gained their first or second degree outside Australia, and the university has a high proportion of staff with doctorates. The quality of the university's teachers, researchers and students is benchmarked against that of other national and international higher education communities.
The University of Western Australia experience is much more than just a training ground for employment. In a garden setting just five minutes from the centre of the Western Australian capital, Perth, students enjoy outstanding academic, sporting and cultural facilities on a campus renowned for its social life.
Research and research training remain the major factors distinguishing the university as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier institution in Western Australia. For almost a century the university's talented researchers have produced quality outcomes that have contributed substantially to the social, cultural and economic development of Western Australia and Australia.
Particular emphasis is given to research into the exploration, production and exploitation of minerals, oil and gas; the management of agricultural and natural ecosystems; the humanities and social sciences; health and bio-medicine (injury research, prevention, repair and rehabilitation); genetic epidemiology; indigenous issues; information technology, telecommunications and computer science; and international management and business studies.
The university is rated very highly in terms of research output and the number of citations per staff member in international journals. Its reputation for internationally excellent research has resulted in important government and industry collaborations, bringing together industry and other major Australian research bodies. Dynamic multiculturalism The University of Western Australia has been attracting international students since the 1950s, when the Colombo Plan began providing study opportunities in Australia for students from the Asia-Pacific region. At present international students from 80 nations study with the university, enriching the world-class learning environment.
Students enjoy cross-cultural experiences and friendships that contribute much to their learning and play an ongoing role in their lives. The university's international programs attract almost 3,000 students, including more than 700 students in offshore programs. International students are primarily from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia, although increasing numbers are coming from East and South Asia, Canada, the United States, Europe, the Gulf States and sub- Saharan Africa.
The university participates in a number of international scholarship programs, principally through AusAID, which manages the Australian Government's overseas aid program. There are also more than 75 student exchange or study abroad programs in countries in North America, Asia (including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Japan) and Europe (including France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom).
Organisational Structure: www.directory.uwa.edu.au/structure