The University of Wollongong is a public institution of higher learning residing in the city of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. It is located about 50 miles south of Sydney, Australia. The school was established in 1951, as a result of the division of the New South Wales University of Technology. The university encompasses eight locations, including the Wollongong Campus, Shoalhaven Campus, Innovation Campus, Sydney Business School, Bega Education Centre, Batemans Bay Education Centre, Moss Vale Education Centre, and Loftus Education Centre. As of 2009, the University of Wollongong enrolled 26,008 students, of which 10,459 were international students.
The University of Wollongong is known for its research in a variety of areas including multimedia, telecommunications, superconductors, health, global migration patterns, and international business. It is recognised for its research partnerships with various companies.
The university’s curriculum, research, and projects concentrate on collaboration with the Asia-Pacific region and many of its courses are recognised internationally. It is regarded highly for its study abroad programs where students have the opportunity to select from 12 study themes specifically tailored to work well with their degree. Students also have the ability to design their own personalised program of study from an array of courses.
Rankings and Awards
- In 2011, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World Universities Rankings placed the University of Wollongong in the top two percent of universities worldwide.
- In 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, The Good Universities Guide named the University of Wollongong Australia University of the Year.
- In 2010, the QS World University Rankings ranked the university 267th worldwide.
- The University of Wollongong consistently gains the maximum five-star ratings by the Good Universities Guide.
- The university’s UniBar, a restaurant that serves lunch foods and alcoholic drinks, has won various awards, including Camarda and Cantril’s Master Builders Award for Excellence in Construction.
A variety of notable individuals attended the University of Wollongong, such as Tashi Lhamo, an honorary member of the National Council of Bhutan and Lee Furlong, a television presenter and Fox Sports newsreader. Matt Brown, a politician, Julian McMahon, an actor and son of previous Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon, and Dr. Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defense Scientist of Australia also attended the university.