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The University of New South Wales



The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a modern, progressive and multicultural university with a high level of expertise in the fields of science and technology. As a world-renowned research and teaching institution, UNSW aims to positively contribute to society as well as nurture students to do the same.

UNSW is part of the Group of Eight (Australian Universities) and is ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide. The institution boasts over 14,000 international students from over 120 countries, who have access to faculty who are world leaders in their respective fields. The university pioneers interdisciplinary research in key fields such as inequality and climate change. Further, it has always been at the forefront of key developments, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer research.

UNSW has excellent industry links and connections meaning that students enjoy very good career prospects. In fact, graduates are much sought after by companies and the university received the Most Popular Graduate Employer Award by GradConnection/AFR, 2018.

The university has continued to invest and make improvements across campuses in order to provide a leading and ideal learning environment for students. This includes a range of student support services, with everything from health and wellbeing to academic counselling.

The majority of faculties at UNSW are based at the university's Sydney campus, a city that is consistently voted as one of the most liveable in the world. Other campuses include, the Art and Design Campus in Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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What's new

What's new

The first green concrete trial in the world

Concrete, which is made using industrial waste from steel manufacturing and coal-fired power stations, is being used in a trial in the roads of Sydney for the first time in the world.

UNSW Sydney researchers and the CRCLCL, CRC for Low Carbon Living will use these trial results to create industry guidelines for the very first set of geopolymer concrete.

''While we'll monitor the road performance for up to five years, a lot of the data collected in the first three to 12 months of this world-first trial will be used to confirm our models and strengthen our predictions. Concrete contributes 7% of all greenhouse gas emissions and in 2018 the world produced about 4.1 billion tonnes of cement, which contributed about 3.5 billion tonnes of CO2. Alternative, low-CO2 concrete materials offer potential benefits in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional concrete. This trial is important because we need demonstration projects to accurately assess the performance of geopolymer over time so that there can be broader uptake,'' said Craig Heidrich, executive director of Australian (Iron and Steel) Association and Ash Development Association.

According to the associate professor of sustainability research at UNSW, Dr Tommy Wiedmann, if all concrete produced was geopolymer in place of traditional concrete for one year - 12,000 kilotons of carbon di oxide would be saved.

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Scholarships & funding

A wide range of scholarships are on offer for students applying to UNSW.

Undergraduate scholarships

  • Alumni Association Scholarship

This is applicable for the grandchild or child of a UNSW alumnus presently taking up the equivalent of secondary or high school studies.

  • UNSW Hong Kong Alumni Award

This award is for Hong Kong residents aspiring to contribute towards society's betterment and looking to take up an undergraduate degree at UNSW.

  • Humanities and Languages Equity Scholarship

This award supports and encourages disadvantaged students to take up study options on offer by the UNSW School of Humanities and Languages.

Postgraduate (coursework) scholarships

  • Art and Design International Coursework Scholarship

This award supports international practising designers and artists who are undertaking or looking to take up a full-time masters (coursework) degree with Art & Design.

  • Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International students

For international students who are high- achieving and looking to undertake the Juris Doctor UNSW, this scholarship offers great support.

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Graduate outcomes

UNSW Careers and Employment team is committed to helping its students enhance their global employability, and empowering them to succeed beyond the classroom and find employment, throughout and after university. It links its students with potential employers and helps them develop the skills they need for a career and beyond.

Its seminars, expos, and employer presentations provide students an opportunity to speak directly with potential employers.

UNSW has very strong links to industry through its professional development programs, real-world research, internships and connections within businesses.

Career development seminars

Regular seminars for advice on interviews, CVs and more, are conducted periodically. In these seminars, students can learn about all aspects of the recruitment process such as succeeding in interviews and networking.

Co-op internship

Students connect with industry leaders in the business, technology, and science and engineering world to gain real world experiences through co-op internships.

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Student safety

Student safety

UNSW Security Services offers its students a comprehensive 24-hour security on campus and security monitoring services.

These services provide:

  • Student protection
  • Property protection
  • Detection and prevention of crime
  • A 24-hour control room monitoring CCTV, building access, and alarm systems

UNSW Security Officers are fully licensed with a number of special powers under the Acts of Parliament. If needed, they will liaise with law enforcement agencies.

Security patrols

UNSW also has a 24-hour patrol and an emergency response service. Some of their services include:

  • Security vehicle patrols
  • Foot patrols
  • Safety escorts
  • Security shuttle bus

The app

UNSW students can make use of the StaySafe@UNSW app that is free of cost and helps them track the night bus and access contacts, safety tips, a newsfeed, and more.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

UNSW Sydney exposes its students to a learning experience packed with academic programs, student activities and educational services. Its academics are recognised as world-leaders in their fields, with modern facilities, rigorous education standards and a diverse community.

Established in 1949 with a unique focus on scientific, technological and professional disciplines, UNSW has a proud tradition of world-class research and research facilities focused on areas critical not only to Australia but also internationally.

World-class teachers

Teaching excellence is central to the UNSW experience, and the teachers at the university are both rigorous and passionate. UNSW's courses harness the latest technology to transform the way a student learns. Its digital learning and teaching environments integrate virtual spaces and access to the online global community.

Internationally acclaimed research

UNSW has a 7,000 strong research community and has invested in meeting tomorrow's challenges.

The university addresses important issues – from renewable energies, climate change, lifesaving medical treatments and more such breakthrough technologies.

UNSW boasts of being an acknowledged world leader in photovoltaic, HIV/AIDS research and quantum computing with a reputation for international research excellence in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Water, Climate, Environment and Sustainability
  • Next Generation Materials and Technologies
  • Social Policy, Government and Health Policy
  • ICT, Robotics and Devices
  • Law, Business and Economics
  • Fundamental and Enabling Sciences
  • Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts
  • Defence and Security

The University's award-winning teachers and researchers are strongly represented in national and international prizes, honours and fellowships. UNSW continues to build on its reputation for world-class research in areas critical to the future, using its close links with industry to ensure the work has practical application and impact.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate study

For undergraduate study, there is more than one way to meet its academic entry requirements. These include high school studies, foundation studies, recognised prior study and a university transfer.

Postgraduate study

For postgraduate study, students generally are required to have completed undergraduate studies at a university-type institution.

English language requirements

If a student's qualifications were not undertaken and assessed in English, the student must provide evidence of English language ability which meets the minimum requirements for admission. Visit the UNSW program pages for more details.

Other qualifications

In addition to University English Preparation Courses and English tests, UNSW also accepts several academic qualifications for its English language requirements.

All qualifications should have been taken by students no more than two years from their year of commencement of study, (excluding students from Sweden, Denmark, or Norway, who can produce results four years prior to commencement year of study at UNSW).

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The University of New South Wales is one of Australia's leading education and research-intensive university, delivering outstanding teaching alongside cutting-edge research. Established in 1949, it has a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines. The University has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focussing on areas critical to its future, from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. UNSW aims to make an impact on people?s lives around the world. Its research informs policy and expert commentary in key issues facing society.

Committed to thought leadership, knowledge transfer and serving the greater good, UNSW makes a difference through pioneering research and by preparing the next generation for career success. International and regional partnerships, first-class academics and state-of-the-art facilities mean UNSW students graduate with relevant, highly sought-after skills. The University offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs that attract students from across Australia and around the world. In 2018, UNSW educated 62,509 students from 137 countries, making it one of the country?s most cosmopolitan, inclusive and diverse universities.

The university's public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. Its main campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. The University of New South Wales

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