History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Newcastle was formerly a college of the University of New South Wales. It started in 1951 and accepted its first batch in 1952. The University of Newcastle was provided with the status of autonomy by the NSW parliament in 1964. It became an independent public university in 1965. It has a main campus in Callaghan, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales. The institute has campuses in Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Singapore, Newcastle, and Sydney. The University of Newcastle’s Business School (NBS) has been awarded international recognition for its various courses through accreditation with the international accrediting body Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Newcastle Business School Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Master of Marketing courses are accredited with the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) till September 2021. The Newcastle Business School Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) and Master of Human Resource Management programs are accredited with the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI). The University of Newcastle has been ranked 197th by the QS World University Rankings 2022 and has been ranked 251st – 300th by THE World University Rankings 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
The University of Newcastle has five campuses in total, the university also has three campuses within the Newcastle city center. The main and largest campus of the university is in the Newcastle suburb of Callaghan, at a distance of about 12 km from Newcastle CBD. The campus is spread over 346 acres of natural vegetation on which the university's various buildings are situated. Ourimbah Campus collaborates with the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute, and the Central Coast Community College; each institute has combined its faculties for a pretty rigorous curriculum. It is on the Central Coast outskirts of Ourimbah, on the traditional lands of the Darkinjung people. The schools of Business and Law, Education and Arts, Science, and Health each field have their presence on campus. University of Newcastle Sydney Campus is located on Elizabeth Street, in the capital of New South Wales, a hub for international students coming for higher studies in Australia. The University of Newcastle, Port Macquarie Campus has collaborated with the Mid North Coast Local Health District, to offer Postgraduate and Research programs on the campus only and also offers an open foundation program. The Singapore campus was founded in 2006 and is the University of Newcastle's first international campus. This new campus spreads at an area of about 19,000 square meters. The University is the main hub for Education, Philosophy, Social Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM), Nursing, and Health.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an assessment of research quality in institutes by the Australian government. The University of Newcastle is proud that its researchers are one of the world's best researchers. The importance of their research work is being reflected in the current Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the University the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, ranking them in the top eight Australian universities for research quality 'well above world standard'. 95% of their research work is 'at' or 'above world standard'. They have been ranked 8th in Australia for research 'well above world standard’. 100% of their STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) research work is ‘at’ or ‘above world standard’. 89% of their research work from the College of Human and Social Futures is ‘at’ or ‘above world standard’. Aside from that, the University of Newcastle has been ranked 68th in reducing inequality by Times Higher Education: Impact Rankings 2021. Some notable alumni of the institute are Steve Abbott, Actor and comedian, better known as his comedic character, The Sandman, and David Berthold, theatre director.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University of Newcastle offers extensive development by providing students with a great support network. The University has more than 39,000 student enrolments out of which about 25000 are undergraduates and 6500 are postgraduates with more than 1,100 staff members on its premises. Of the total student enrolments, more than 7500 students are international students combined in all its campuses. In 2020 the University will be provided with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality accreditation which the University has now held for a decade. Some leading recruiters at the university are Deloitte, Automotive Holdings Group, Newcastle Permanent Building Society, and others.