On the steps leading to the Scientia Building.
The University of New South Wales is a university in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The main campus, housing eight of the ten faculties, is located in the suburb of Kensington, about 5 km south-east of the CBD. One faculty, the College of Fine Arts, is located on its own campus in the inner suburb of Paddington. The university also has additional campuses and field stations at Randwick, Coogee, Little Bay, Paddington, Dee Why, Cowan and Fowler's Gap in western New South Wales.
UNSW was founded in 1949 as the "New South Wales University of Technology". Initially concentrating on engineering and science, it changed its name to the University of New South Wales in 1958, and adopted a wider offering of studies. The University now has ten faculties: Arts and Social Sciences; Built Environment; the College of Fine Arts; Commerce and Economics; Engineering; Law; Medicine; Science; the tertiary education component of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory); and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), run in conjunction with the University of Sydney.
UNSW currently has approximately 40,000 students studying in 600 undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs. Over 5,000 full-time staff work in its 76 schools, 69 research centres, 6 institutes, 4 teaching hospitals, 8 residential colleges and many administrative departments.
UNSW is well known for its engagement with primary and secondary education, administering several national and international academic competitions for school age children. These include, among others, the Australian Schools Science Competition and the Australasian Schools Mathematics Assessment, in which many thousands of students in the Australasian area, the Pacific and South Africa participate each year. UNSW, through the Gifted Education Research Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC), also administers the Australian Primary Talent Search (APTS) test to explore and assess the abilities of gifted children.
UNSW is a member of the Group of Eight Australian universities, which includes its cross-town rival, the University of Sydney. In terms of its academic work in teaching and research, UNSW is considered one of the better universities in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.
UNSW's former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rory Hume, was recently forced to resign after he cleared prominent academic Bruce Hall of allegations of scientific misconduct, and after a series of disputes with the University's governing council. Professor Mark Wainwright was appointed in July 2004, having been Acting Vice-Chancellor following Professor Hume's resignation.
UNSW will set up its first overseas campus in Singapore. Construction of the campus is expected to be completed in 2008. It will be Singapore's first foreign university.
- Philip Baxter College
- Basser College
- Goldstein College
- New College
- Warrane College
- International House
- Shalom College
- University Homepage (http://www.unsw.edu.au/)
- UNSW news article (http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/pad/articles/2004/apr/Singapore.html) about Singapore campus