The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is Australia’s first international university attracting outstanding scholars and students from around the world. UNSW was established in 1949 and has been receiving international students since 1951. Currently, of the 52,000 students studying at UNSW, more than 14,000 are international students from 130 countries.
UNSW is a comprehensive teaching and research university with international recognition in photovoltaics, solar energy, quantum computing, interactive cinema and HIV/Aids research. A foundation member of the Group of Eight leading research universities in Australia, UNSW is also one of only three Australian institutions in the prestigious Universitas 21, a consortium of 23 leading universities in 15 countries.
UNSW is highly regarded in the international academic community. It consistently scores highly in a range of national and international rankings including the following:
- 46th in the world overall in the 2010 QS World University Rankings
- 1st in Australia and 35th in the world for the UNSW AGSM MBA in the 2011 Financial Times (UK) Ranking of MBA Programs
- Top research-intensive university in Sydney based on the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia report, including top-ranked institution in research studies in creative arts and writing.
- Maximum 5-star ratings in 8 key performance indicators in the 2011 Australian Good Universities Guide
- Consistently ranked in the top 2 universities for Learning and Teaching Performance under the Australian Government Learning and Teaching Performance Fund
- Consistently ranked as one of the leading Engineering faculties in Australia
Located in Sydney, Australia's largest city, UNSW is close to the city’s main business hub, providing easy access to a wide range of academic, cultural and social activities. All three UNSW campuses – Kensington, Paddington and Canberra - provide a vibrant educational and communal environment. The 38-hectare Kensington site, the main UNSW campus, is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, approximately 15 minutes from the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour, and 10 minutes from popular east-coast beaches such as the famous Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach. The Kensington campus is also a 15-minute taxi-ride from Sydney International Airport.
UNSW offers a wide range of premium professional degree programs, pre-university/foundation studies and English language courses. More than 900 degree programs are available at UNSW, ranging from undergraduate programs (Bachelor degrees at pass and honours level) to postgraduate coursework programs (Master degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates) and postgraduate research programs (Master by thesis and Doctor of Philosophy). Programs are offered through the Faculties of: Arts and Social Sciences; the Built Environment; Australian School of Business; College of Fine Arts; Engineering; Law; Medicine; Science and the UNSW Canberra campus.