Professor Peter Rathjen
- North Terrace
The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and higher education institution situated in the heart of one of Australia’s—and the world’s—most liveable cities. Founded in 1874, we’re the country’s third oldest university and consistently rank among the world’s top 1%.
Our reputation for excellence and breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We proudly count among our alumni: five Nobel Laureates; more than 120 Fulbright Scholars; and over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including two female Indigenous Australian recipients. Australia’s first female Prime Minister and Supreme Court judge were also University of Adelaide graduates.
Today, our vibrant, high-achieving culture continues to attract academic leaders from all corners of the globe and students from more than 90 countries.
The University of Adelaide is committed to conducting outstanding research with global, real-world impact. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we enhance and sustain life for people and planet by addressing the world’s most significant challenges. Our areas of particular strength include: food and wine; defence and security; health and medicine; engineering and technology; life sciences; mining and energy; and the environment.
In all fields, collaboration drives us. Our 1700-plus researchers work closely across multiple disciplines and in productive partnership with industry, government and other leading research institutions in Australia and abroad.
Approach to teaching
The University’s students learn with the guidance and support of exceptional academic staff, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised leaders in their fields. Operating at their disciplines’ cutting edge, our academics enthusiastically share their passion for new knowledge and encourage students’ own pursuits of world-changing discoveries; a process facilitated by low student-to-staff ratios.
At the University of Adelaide we’re highly aware that our continued excellence depends entirely on our people. So we go to great lengths to support them. Throughout their careers here, we help staff grow professionally… develop and diversify skills… keep pace with societal and workforce change… and meaningfully impact our community.