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University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington, Australia

Public -1949


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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of New South Wales was previously Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts founded in 1833 and the Sydney Technical College founded in 1878. Located in Kensington, Australia, the aim of founding the university was born from the crisis demands of World War II, during which the country's focus was drawn to the important role that science and technology played in reshaping an agricultural society into a modern and industrial one. The university was initially named the New South Wales University of Technology and got its University status through the enactment of the New South Wales University of Technology Act (NSW) in 1949. In 1958, the institute was modified to the University of New South Wales reflecting a change from a technology-based institution to a generalist university. The Business School of the University holds accreditation from the US-based AACSB International and its Bachelor in Commerce (International) has been awarded EQUIS accreditation. The University of New South Wales ranks #43 in the QS World University Rankings 2022 and #70 in THE World University Rankings 2022. The University of New South Wales also ranks #41 globally in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings 2022. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The main UNSW campus is situated in a 94-acre area in Kensington, Sydney. UNSW Art & Design is situated in the inner suburb of Paddington. The main UNSW campus in Kensington is split into two areas: upper campus and lower campus, which were endowed to the university in three different lots. The two campuses are divided mainly by the height difference between the quadrangle and the Scientia building. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. UNSW Canberra at ADFA, also known as UNSW Canberra, is located in Canberra in Australia. Its students are mainly from the military academy known as ADFA, who are training for the Australian Defence Force and have a combined defence focus, with specific strengths in defence-related, security, and engineering research. The university also has additional campuses and field stations in Randwick, Coogee, Botany, Dee Why, Cowan, Manly Vale, Fowlers Gap, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Coffs Harbour, Griffith, and Bankstown Airport. The University of New South Wales offers a wide range of courses in Arts, Architecture, Design, Business and Management, Engineering, Law & Justice, Science, and Medicine.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

University of New South Wales is a representative of the prestigious Group of Eight - an amalgamation of Australia's 8 leading research-intensive institutes. The University was rated in fields of research and was awarded the Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 and more impact cases were rated among the highest according to the 2018 EI Assessment, than any other Australian institute. Since 2015, they have invested $350 million in research infrastructure. University was awarded the highest rating for teaching, research, employability, facilities, internationalization, inclusiveness, specialist subject, and innovation in 2019 by QS World. University has two of its alumni in the top 10 Young Rich Listers in Australia (AFR Young Rich List 2020). Other notable alumni of the University are Scott Morrison, current Prime Minister of Australia and Gladys Berejiklian, former Premier of New South Wales; Usman Khawaja, Australian Cricketer; David Gonski, Australian Businessman and Dr Karl, Australian author. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University of New South Wales has been dedicated to excellence in training and research and offering equality of opportunity to each one. University has more than 64,000 student enrolments out of which about 35,000 are undergraduates and 18,000 are postgraduates with more than 3,200 staff members on its premises. Of the total student enrolments, more than 21,000 students are international students combined on all its campuses. UNSW Sydney has been awarded the inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award for its work in enhancing gender equity and diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) faculties in higher education and research. Some of the leading recruiters at the University are Commonwealth Bank, UBS Group, Airbnb, Morgan Stanley, PWC and others.

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