Vice-Chancellor and President:
Professor David Lloyd
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a modern and innovative institution that was established in 1991, having been built on more than 150 years of research, teaching and learning excellence. Its global reputation continues to grow, as exemplified by the 2012 QS World University Rankings in which it was again ranked among the top three per cent of more than 10,000 universities worldwide. UniSA also increased its standing in The Times Higher Education rankings, and was ranked 23rd in the world (and number three in Australia) in the QS rankings of the top 50 universities aged under 50.
With almost 35,000 students - more than 10,000 of which are international students - it is South Australia's biggest university, and offers more than 400 degree programs in business, education, arts, social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment. Programs are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry, and more than 90 per cent of UniSA's graduates who go on to full-time work are employed in a professional occupation within four months of completing their degree. It was ranked in the world's top 200 universities on the employer reputation index of the QS Rankings, and is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities.
The University of South Australia continues to develop a strong research environment, and has six research institutes, 17 research centres and is a key partner in 13 Cooperative Research Centres. It ranks in the top one third of Australian universities for research income, and in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 evaluation more than 86 per cent of its assessed research was deemed to be of world-class standard or above.
The University's research capabilities include the Ian Wark Research Institute for chemical sciences and physical chemistry, the Institute for Telecommunications Research, the Barbara Hardy Institute for sustainability, the Hawke Research Institute for social sciences, the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science. In addition, its emerging research priorities focus on the major national and global issues of today - population health, advanced manufacturing, design and technology innovation, Asian business and cultural understanding.
The University of South Australia also maintains a strong commitment to teaching and learning, and ranks in the top 10 nationally for the proportion of its staff with a doctorate (69 per cent compared to a national average of 64 per cent). In addition, its MBA program is one of only three in Australia to have held a five-star rating for five consecutive years (as awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia) and in the 2012 International Student Barometer the University's overall average rating was in the top five of participating Australian institutions.
With campuses in the heart of Adelaide, in the metropolitan area (Mawson Lakes and Magill) and in Whyalla (as well as its Mount Gambier Regional Centre), UniSA provides opportunities to students from a wide range of geographic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.It is currently implementing a $1 billion-plus building program to further enhance its physical and virtual infrastructure, and is a proud supporter of vital community events including the Adelaide Festival and the Santos Tour Down Under UCI World Tour cycling race.