Unbeknownced to many, it is Canberra – not Sydney – that is the capital city of Australia. Set inland and the only major city in Australia without a coastline, it is known as the ‘bush city’. In addition to a thriving cultural district, a sizeable community of artists and architects and a colourful political scene, Canberra boasts one of Australia’s most exciting universities.
The University of New South Wales, Canberra (UNSW) is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. Its motto – Scientia Manu et Mente (“Knowledge by Hand and Mind”) – encapsulates the University’s central philosophy of balancing the practical and the scholarly.
UNSW is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight research intensive universities in Australia and a member of the Universitas 21 international consortium and the PLuS Alliance.
Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW has expanded rapidly and now has 50,000-plus students, including more than 7,000 international students from over 130 different countries. The University offers more than 300 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programs, and has developed an extensive network of alumni chapters throughout Asia.
The University was incorporated by Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney in 1949, but its character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843, leading to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878. The Institute sought ‘the diffusion of scientific and special knowledge’, the College sought to apply and teach it.
UNSW A Portrait (1999) by Professor Patrick O’Farrell
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38‐hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other campuses are UNSW Art & Design (Paddington), UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, sub‐campuses at Sydney CBD, Randwick and Coogee, as well as research stations around NSW.
UNSW has a broad disciplinary base across the arts, built environment, business, design, law, social sciences, engineering, medicine and science. UNSW is host to ground -breaking research in fields as diverse as quantum computing, molecular engineering, photovoltaics, robotics, biomedical research, financial markets and design and interactive cinema. It has strong collaborative links with industry and business, consistently performing at the top nationally in Australian Research Council Industry Linkage Grants. UNSW expertise is also regularly sought after by business and government for a wide range of consultancy and training services.
UNSW has almost 100 research, teaching program and community centres. Its research centres foster multidisciplinary research and include the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Research, ARC Centres of Excellence such as the Centre for Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics and Photonics, and UNSW centres such as Brain Sciences UNSW. Also opened recently was the Lowy Centre for Cancer Research – the largest integrated cancer research institute in the Southern Hemisphere.
The University is a member of 15 Cooperative Research Centres and has a number of prestigious affiliated medical research institutes, including the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
The expertise of UNSW’s researchers and faculty members, industry relationships and world-class faculties are in high demand – which is why you should be considering whether Canberra should be your next career move.
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