Established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW is a leading Australian university committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success.
UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to our future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in key issues facing society ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.
UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. We attract talented students from across Australia and around the world. Our 50,000-plus students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities.
In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge UNSW seeks to create an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research.
The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are Art & Design in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
UNSW is rated 5 Stars+ for excellence by QS World University rankings, and was ranked 49th in the world in the 2016-2017 ratings. It represents the University’s third year in a row in the top 50.
Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW is a member of the distinguished Group of Eight (Go8) universities in Australia, and is a member of prestigious university consortia such as Universitas21, of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. UNSW is also a founding partner of the PLuS Alliance.