Thirteen of Australia’s thirty nine comprehensive universities are not members of any grouping, apart from their membership of Universities Australia. The University of Divinity – which is a university of specialisation – is not a member of UA.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) provides undergraduate and postgraduate courses and higher degrees by research that can make a real difference to our communities. We are proud to be a regional university and have campuses in thriving regional centres, including Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Goulburn, Orange, Parramatta, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Manly, and a campus in Ontario, Canada.
Macquarie University was established from the outset to be a different kind of university: it was, and remains, a bold experiment in higher education. The University has a distinctive mission to serve the needs of industry and community, and is located on an expansive campus in Sydney’s northwest, in the heart of what has become one of Australia’s largest and most vibrant economic and technology precincts. Macquarie was the first Australian university to provide special entry provisions for mature-age students. It established the first actuarial studies degree in the English-speaking world outside of the US, the world’s first full externally-taught science degree, as well as the first external law degree in Australia.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is a large, research-led metropolitan university operating over multiple teaching campuses in Greater Western Sydney, one of the fastest growing, economically significant and most dynamic regions in Australia. UWS is enterprising and forward-looking, with a commitment to excellence, access and opportunity. Over 60% of its commencing domestic students are the first in their families to attend university, and the University has the largest number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in Australia .UWS has built a reputation as a highly adaptable and responsive university, with consistently high student satisfaction ratings, and praise from Australian Universities Quality Agency as a “University of the People”.
The University of Wollongong (UOW) is ranked among the best 25 modern universities in the world* and has an excellent reputation for innovative, interdisciplinary research. It is an enterprising university with strong industry partnerships and personalised style. With five Faculties – Business; Engineering and Information Sciences; Law, Humanities and the Arts; Science, Medicine and Health; and Social Sciences, UOW currently offers around 180 undergraduate, 160 postgraduate courses and 30 research degrees to more than 30,000 enrolments.
Deakin University has grown from Victoria’s first regional university in 1974, into Australia’s ninth largest university today. Deakin University has almost 47,000 students from around the world, studying across four campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool as well as one third studying online in the cloud. Each campus has a distinctive character, rich culture and a strong presence in the local community. Additionally, the University has a network of learning centres across regional Victoria, international offices in India, China and Indonesia and contemporary multipurpose facilities in the Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool CBDs. Deakin’s four faculties – Arts and Education; Business and Law; Health; and Science, Engineering and Built Environment – offer more than 440 courses in a wide range of areas including arts, science, sport, nutrition, architecture, business, law, medicine, optometry, engineering, nursing and teaching.
Swinburne University of Technology is an innovative and inclusive university that provides high-quality, career-oriented education and strong engagement with industry and the community.In recent years, Swinburne has become one of the world’s leading universities, ranking as one of the top 400 in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and one of the top 100 in the world in physics.Swinburne’s main campus is in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Swinburne’s other Melbourne-based campuses are at Prahran, Wantirna and Croydon. It has a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, which connects the university to one of the most rapidly growing regions of the world. The university also offers a range of qualifications online through Swinburne Online and Open Universities Australia.
Victoria University is one of Australia’s largest universities. It describes itself as ‘The University of Opportunity’ in providing outstanding educational opportunities for students from diverse countries, cultures, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. VU offer unique and exceptional educational opportunities through a distinctive dual-sector approach to tertiary education; quality education and research; mutually beneficial engagement with partners; and strong connections with industry and community. Being one of Australia’s few dual-sector universities means students can easily pathway from vocational training to higher education. VU offers programs at all levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework, with a comprehensive range of vocational and degree options from certificates and diplomas through to bachelor degrees and PhDs.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly funded university, open to all. It has seven campuses based in Brisbane, Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield), Canberra, Melbourne, Ballarat and Adelaide. Programs are offered in the faculties of Education and Arts, Health Sciences, Law and Business, and Theology and Philosophy. The university’s inspiration, within 2000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition, summons it to attend to all that is of concern to human beings. It brings a distinctive spiritual perspective to the common tasks of higher education. An ACU education is about acquiring the knowledge and skills to bring about change in communities and in society. The University’s Core Curriculum has been developed to pass on knowledge and raise some of the most fundamental questions on human experience and meaning. Community engagement remains a high priority at ACU, and the University has partnerships with a vast network of Catholic aid agencies around the world.
Bond University offers a personalised educational experience of the highest international standards and is dedicated to developing the next generation of corporate and community leaders. Bond pioneered an independent, not-for-profit model of university education in Australia, introducing a three-semesters-per-year schedule that accelerated study programs allowing students to complete a six semester bachelor degree in two years, or a master’s in twelve months, enabling students to graduate up to a year earlier than their peers from other universities. With an internationally diverse, close-knit community of approximately 4,200 students, Bond has a five-star rating for Student to Staff ratio, enabling small class sizes that encourage productive engagement and individual mentoring. Classes are imbued with a distinctly global perspective. Collaborative, discussion-based teaching encourages students from some 80 countries worldwide to share their experiences and learn from others.
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus institution serving communities in Western Australia and a significant cohort of international students. Awarded university status in 1991, in just its 21st year ECU was named in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list, a global ranking of the best universities under the age of 50.ECU has more than 23,300 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 3.600 of these are international students originating from approximately 104 countries. More than 320 courses are offered through four faculties.
Starting from small beginnings in Western Australia in 1989, with an initial cohort of 70 postgraduate Education students, the University of Notre Dame now has more than 11,000 students enrolled across its three campuses in Broome, Fremantle and Sydney. Since its inception, Notre Dame has become a leader in the provision and delivery of higher education across the country. Notre Dame is a national university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities in both Europe and North America.It has sought to be a university which specialises in the excellence of undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as promote and facilitate higher research initiatives for students and academic staff. Students can study a variety of courses in the Schools of Medicine, Law, Education, Nursing & Midwifery, Business, Physiotherapy, Philosophy and Theology, Arts & Sciences and Health Sciences.
The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is the fourth oldest university in Australia, established in 1890. Ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities globally and in the top 10 Australian research universities, the University has a long-standing reputation for excellence in learning, teaching and Research. Through its campuses in Hobart, Launceston and the Cradle Coast, UTAS engages with the Tasmanian community and utilises the very best of its unique environment and the island’s natural and built resources to deliver quality higher education and research. The University also offers campuses in Sydney and offshore programs in Asia. The only university in the state, UTAS has been pivotal to the development of Tasmania and Tasmanians and now its reach and impact extends across Australia and around the world. It has a growing student population of 29,000 with more than 6,000 international students drawn from over 80 countries. UTAS has transnational education programs in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong. UTAS also works with institutions around the world to offer students an international experience, with more than 70 exchange arrangements in place with 30 countries.
The University of Canberra proclaims itself to be “proudly the university of the nation’s capital”. However, it is not constrained by geography and offers an increasingly international experience. Research takes a global perspective, with the University’s researchers delivering breakthroughs that help solve real-world problems.In addition to research within and between faculties, there are three ‘university research centres’: the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, the Institute for Applied Ecology and the National Institute for Sports Studies. There are currently more than 16,000 students, representing 100 countries, studying at the University of Canberra, and the University offers guaranteed accommodation for all first year and international students, including rooms in its new 400-bed accommodation complex, opened on campus in 2014.
The University of Divinity promotes the highest standards of scholarship in theology, philosophy and ministry. Through scholarship, the University aims to address the issues of the contemporary world. Founded in 1910 as the Melbourne College of Divinity, the University has a long history of pursuing and achieving these aims, and in 2012 was accredited as Australia’s first University of Specialisation. The University has a collegiate structure unique in Australia. All students and staff join the University through one of its eleven Colleges. Based in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, each College is a unique learning community. Through the Colleges, the University is supported by over forty churches and religious orders representing Anglican, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Coptic Orthodox, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Uniting Church traditions. Together the Colleges enable the University to offer a wide range of awards from diplomas to doctorates in divinity and its associated disciplines.