Since its foundation in 1949, UNSW Sydney has aimed to improve and transform lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.
It is one of the leading research and teaching intensive universities in the world, known for innovative, pioneering research and high-quality education with a global impact. UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focusing on areas critical to the future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies.
The university ranked 43rd in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, 67th in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and 65th in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). UNSW’s research informs policy and expert commentary on key issues facing society ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, to public health and population ageing.
In 2020, UNSW educated 63,232 students from 135 countries. The University offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs that attract students from across Australia and around the world. International and regional partnerships, first-class academics and state-of-the-art facilities mean UNSW students graduate with relevant, highly sought after skills.
In 2020, the University’s alumni community was over 347,000 strong, with graduates working for global leaders like Google, Penguin, Ernst & Young, PayPal, Rio Tinto, HSBC, NASA and Oxfam, as well as founding ground breaking start-ups.
As Australia’s global university, UNSW is connected to more than 200 partner universities across 39 countries. It is a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8), a coalition of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, and the prestigious Universitas 21 international network. UNSW is also the only Australian member of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities, a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), part of the PLuS Alliance, and a partner of Coursera – the largest global provider of MOOCs (massive open online courses).
UNSW Sydney enthusiastically supports U21 in a variety of ways including the provision of U21 Fellowships for both UNSW Sydney academic and administrative staff; the support of student attendance at U21 conferences, symposiums and summer schools; student exchange priority for students from U21 network members: and the support of research collaborations between UNSW Sydney and network members.
Colleagues at UNSW would welcome visits from U21 partners around the world.