The University of Wollongong is a medium sized University accommodating 15,000 to 20,000 students in the Wollongong area of Australia. It is located around 70 kilometres south of Sydney, near the coast. The University was deemed "Australia's University of the Year" in both 2000 and 2001.
The University of Wollongong originated in 1951 when a Division of the then New South Wales University of Technology was established in Wollongong.
Ten years later the Division became the Wollongong College of the University of New South Wales. In 1975, the University of Wollongong was integrated by the New South Wales Parliament as an independent institution of higher learning. In 1982, the University amalgamated with the Wollongong Institute of Higher Education, which, in 1962, had originated as the Wollongong Teachers’ College. The merger formed the basis of the contemporary university, which continues to grow and thrive.
As of 2003, the staff consisted of over 1300 members—both Academic and General— in several faculties, including Arts, Commerce, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Infomatics, Law, and Science.
The University of Wollongong has a large number of clubs and societies. One of the most prominent and active of these being the UoW Law Students' Society.
The grounds of the University are heavily expansive, featuring several ovals, a recreation centre, a swimming facility, tennis courts, cafes, innumerable carparks, and also picturesque courtyards and sitting areas.
The university sports a lush green campus which seamlessly combines the buildings and environment. The natural atmosphere is evident across the entire campus, with several rivers meandering beneath walkways and bridges. The Tertangala is the magazine of the University of Wollongong Student Union. The geographical and social centre of the University is the Duck Pond Lawn, and its surrounding Unibar, eateries and other facilities.
There are both train and bus public transport links to the regional university, however they are often slow and infrequent compared to road links. The university assists students who use trains by subsidising a shuttle bus between the university and the nearby train station. Unfortunately, the dedication to natural beauty on the campus has resulted in a chronic parking shortage, particularly for students who have little option but to use private transport.
The University extends to seven campuses throughout Sydney and the Illawarra, including Sydney, Loftus, Wollongong, Moss Vale, Nowra, Batemans Bay and Bega. There is also a campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.