At a glance

About UNSW Australia

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 almost 55,000 students come from 128 countries, making us one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. Our emphasis on quality continues to push up entry standards – in 2015 we had the highest median ATAR in NSW and attracted the largest percentage of the State’s top 500 school leavers.

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.

Making a difference as Australia's Global University

Our aspiration for the next decade is to establish UNSW as Australia’s Global University, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research and education and a commitment to advancing a just society. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

Ranked in the world’s top 100 universities, UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight and the prestigious Universitas 21 international network. It is the only Australian member of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities and is also a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and a partner in the emerging PLuS Alliance with King’s College London and Arizona State University.


In pursuing our vision and objectives, members of the UNSW community will demonstrate the following values:

  • Partnership − working in teams to best serve our communities
  • Integrity, transparency and ethical decision making, inspiring openness, courage and trust
  • Respect − listening and engaging with each other and our communities.