The University of New South Wales (UNSW), founded in 1949, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. From its humble beginnings in 1857 as the Sydney Technical College, UNSW now has over 50,000 students, and offers over 400 undergraduate and postgraduate programs across several campuses. The main campus, Kensington, is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, minutes from the beach, and only 15 minutes to the Sydney CBD. The UNSW College of Fine Arts (CoFA) is located in the trendy art and design centre of Paddington, and the UNSW City Campus conducts AGSM MBA and Law courses for working professionals in the CBD. As well, the University of New South Wales has a campus in Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA), providing academic programs for both civilian and military personnel.
UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) university consortium in Australia, and is a member of Universitas 21 (U21), a global group of leading research universities around the world. UNSW consistently achieves 5 star ratings in the Australian Good Universities Guide, and is consistently in the world’s Top 50 Universities rankings by the QS World University rankings.
The Excellence in Research 2010 Australian government report gave UNSW a maximum rating of 5 in 19 different key academic disciplines, and rated UNSW as the best performing research university in the Sydney region. This benchmarks UNSW at well-above the standard of world-class research intensive Universities.
The largest Faculty of Engineering in Australia is located at UNSW, along with one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, the Australian School of Business, which houses the Number 1 ranked MBA program in Australia – the Australian Graduate School of Management MBA. UNSW is proud to host leading academics and researchers in a wide spectrum of fields such as Photovoltaic and Solar Energy, Medicine and Public Health, Mathematics, Psychology, Architecture and Design, Digital Media, Law and Taxation, Finance, and Social Sciences.
The University of New South Wales has been a pioneer in education. The first on-campus language training institute, the UNSW Institute of Languages, was founded 45 years ago. UNSW was the first University in Australia to establish a University preparation foundation program, now in its 23rd year of preparing local and international students for University entry.
The University also enjoys the reputation of Australia's leading international university with over 135 different nationalities represented. UNSW currently has over 12,000 international students, giving the University a very international atmosphere and making UNSW one of the most recognised and popular universities in Australia for international students from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.