History, Affiliations, and Rankings
The University of Tasmania was established on 1 January 1890 in Australia, after the abolition of overseas scholarships freed up funds. It immediately took over the role of the Tasmanian Council for Education. The university is the fourth-oldest university in Australia. Christ College which is one of the university's residential colleges was first proposed in 1840 in Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Franklin's Legislative Council and was established in 1846, making it the country's oldest tertiary university. In 1914, the University was granted a Royal Charter by King George V which granted the university's degrees status as equivalent to the established universities of the United Kingdom, where such equivalents existed. The university is a sandstone institution that is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning. The University of Tasmania is one of the top Public universities in Hobart, Australia. It is ranked #=293 in QS Global World Rankings 2023. The Times Higher Education ranks it in the bracket of #301–350 in the World University rankings 2023.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
The university has three main campuses in all three areas of Tasmania, based in Hobart, Launceston, and Burnie. Hobart is the epitome of a city living on the outskirts of pristine wilderness. The Sandy Bay campus is five minutes south of the city centre. This campus has a variety of on-site amenities and resources, many of which are located in the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) building on Churchill Avenue, in addition to purpose-built teaching and learning facilities. The university also has a number of small, specialist facilities within the College of Health and Medicine at its Darlinghurst and Rozelle campuses in Sydney. It also has a joint research facility at the city's Australian National Maritime Museum in Pyrmont. The University of Tasmania has five colleges (previously known as faculties) that include, including the College of Arts, Law & Education, College of Health & Medication, College of Science & Engineering, Tasmanian School of Business, and University College.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University’s rich portfolio of research excellence across a broad range of subjects has been highlighted by the Australian Government in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia results. Students and researchers are also able to take advantage of more than 400 industry partnerships and collaborations in more than 117 nations around the world. The University has demonstrated excellent performance in Agriculture and Forestry, placing in the top 100 in the world, and in Art and Design, coming in among the top 150 institutions globally. The University's community is bolstered by a global network of more than 105,000 alumni from more than 120 countries, as well as collaborative collaborations with other organisations that share strategic perspectives. Some of the notable alumni of the university are Ed Byrne, Vice-Chancellor of the Monash University, Caulfield campus, Will Hodgman, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Neal Blewett, Former Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care and many more.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
There are 13,043 students enrolled at the university, out of which 5,260 are from international backgrounds. The student body consists of 70% of learners from undergraduate courses and the remaining from postgraduate courses. There are 269 international staff and 713 domestic staff working. The University has a large number of diverse clubs and societies. The Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA) manages over 50 societies to help students explore different opportunities available. Some of the top recruiters of graduates are Deloitte, EY, KPMG and Commonwealth Bank.