Vice-Chancellor and President:
Professor Caroline McMillen
The University of Newcastle is recognised as a world-class institution that delivers quality education and innovative research. Internationally, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings place us in the top three per cent of universities in the world. Both the Times Higher Education and QS also rank Newcastle in the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50.
Educating first-rate graduates is the University's most important role. Offering a blended learning environment of discipline education and professional training, our degrees are designed to ensure that Newcastle graduates are globally competitive in their field, and hold the necessary knowledge and skills to be career-ready. Approximately 90 per cent of our undergraduate programs include a work integrated learning component to give students the opportunity to study and learn `on the job' in a professional environment.
The University's face-to-face learning is supported by state of the art facilities and technology, including high-tech laboratories and digitally connected information hubs. The University's five libraries house a collection of more than 1.3 million items and provide access to over 60,000 electronic journals.
Newcastle is a research-intensive university, and we partner with government and industry on research across key areas. The Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), for example, is the largest facility of its kind in Australia, and hosts valuable collaborations including smart grid technology research with partners in China and bulk solids research in South Africa. Within the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the University's researchers work with their peers in China on stroke research and collaborate across the world on breast cancer research.
The latest Excellence in Research Australia assessment by the Australian Government placed the University of Newcastle equal 7th nationally for research that is `well above world standard' and rated 90 per cent of research at Newcastle at world standard and above.
We continue to build on our traditional areas of strength - science and engineering, health and medicine, and energy and resources - as well as develop new spheres of achievement in a wide range of fields including applied mathematics, social work, earth sciences, nutrition and dietetics, and human movement and sports science. Our record of research in other key areas including the humanities, social sciences, business and law, is also growing and emerging on the world stage.
Our three primary campuses are located on the beautiful New South Wales coast - Newcastle, the Central Coast and Port Macquarie - and our presences in Singapore and Sydney are growing. The University community is vibrant and dynamic, offering a great experience that mixes a world-class academic environment with opportunities to engage in cultural, social and sporting activities.