Vice-Chancellor and President:
Professor Stephen Parker
The University of Canberra is proudly the university of the capital city, but it is not constrained by geography and offers an increasingly international experience to its students, while its research takes a global perspective.
The professional education the University of Canberra delivers focuses on equipping students with skills to hit the ground running in their careers. They are among the most sought after graduates in the country with the University consistently awarded a maximum five star rating for `getting a job' in the Good Universities Guide.
There are currently 14,000 students representing 100 countries studying at the University of Canberra.
The University places a strong emphasis on `work-integrated learning', which gives students an experience of life in the workplace before they graduate. In addition to internships off campus, the University has its own working health clinic where students can give supervised treatment to real patients.
Future campus development will see a new public hospital, a GP super clinic and a sports hub, housing the Brumbies Super Rugby team, built on the campus. These facilities will be integrated into teaching and research - and provide new avenues for the University to serve its community.
The lively campus is home to a selection of eateries and health and fitness facilities. It also plays host to music festivals Groovin' the Moo and Stonefest and boasts a pub serving locally-brewed beer. Work is underway on a new 400-bed accommodation complex, which will add to the 1,860 beds already available.
The University's researchers deliver breakthroughs that help solve real-world problems.
In addition to research within and between faculties, there are three `university research centres', which are leaders in their field: the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM); the Institute for Applied Ecology and the Australia New Zealand School of Government Institute for Governance (ANZSIG).
NATSEM specialises in modelling the consequences of policy changes and is regularly called upon by governments, political parties and industry to provide insights into how the future might look. The Institute for Applied Ecology works to mitigate the threats faced by the environment in Australia and overseas: areas of focus include the health of our rivers, tracking down invasive species and understanding how sex is determined in lizards. ANZSIG is an emerging international class research institution for the study and practice of governance encompassing public policy, management and delivery and justice themes.
Other areas of research expertise include sport, forensic science, health, biometrics, planning, communication and education.
Future plans are led by a vision of the University when it turns 50 in 2018. It will be recognised as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions; world-ranked, with regional, national and international reach.