Our Story

We are focusing on the future. You can help us shape the experience of higher education.

Since our foundation in 1949, UNSW Sydney has aimed to improve and transform lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society. We’re one of the leading research and teaching-intensive universities in the world, known for innovative, pioneering research and high-quality education with a global impact. In 2019, UNSW educated 64,053 students from 137 countries.

UNSW has a proud tradition of sustained innovation, focussing on areas critical to our future – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. We aim to make an impact on people’s lives around the world. Our research informs policy and expert commentary on key issues facing society. These range from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing.

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.

Read more about our recent accomplishments in our 2019 Annual Report, or find out more about our leadership, governance and organisational structure on the UNSW website.

UNSW aspires to improve lives globally, through innovative research, transformative education and commitment to a just society.

In pursuing the University’s vision to make a real difference, members of the UNSW community will demonstrate our Values in Action.

Universities are at the heart of the sophisticated global knowledge system shaping our future and UNSW has a key role to play. We aspire to improve lives globally, through partnerships, innovative research, transformative education and commitment to a just society. With this context in mind, we believe the following strategic priorities have become increasingly important to address the key challenges we face.

Contribute to the transformational journey UNSW is on.

UNSW’s 2025 Strategy positions the University as a global leader in change and innovation. It provides the framework for UNSW to further our contribution to advancing a just society through academic excellence, social impact and global engagement. Updated in 2019, the Strategy’s ideas and initiatives are the result of wide-ranging consultation underpinned by three strategic priorities and themes.

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