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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor David Lloyd
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Campus locations

  • City East
  • City West
  • Magill
  • Mawson Lakes
  • Whyalla
  • Mt Gambier

The University of South Australia is Australia’s university of enterprise, globally connected and engaged in helping solve the problems of industry and the professions. Its teaching is industry-informed, its research is focused on end-user application and it creates knowledge that is central to economic and social prosperity.

With more than 32,000 students, around 6,000 of whom are international students, it offers 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. The Good Universities Guide 2016 ranked it as number one in the state for getting a full-time job.

The University’s international rankings continue to grow. It is ranked in the top 50 world universities under 50 years old by Quacarelli Symonds (#24) world university rankings. It has recently moved into the 251-300 band of world universities by Times Higher Education which also ranked it as amongst the world’s best international universities. Thompson Reuters ranks UniSA as one of Asia’s 75 Most Innovative Universities.

The university continues to develop a strong research environment and focuses its efforts on understanding scarce resources, future industries and cancer prevention and management, among other themes. It is ranked Number 1 in Australia for industry research income and in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 evaluation more than 97 per cent of its assessed research was deemed to be of world-class standard or above.

The University also engages closely with the communities it serves. Its Samstag Museum presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and its Hawke Centre public lectures are devoted to generating ideas and solutions to achieve cohesive, sustainable societies. 

The University has a strong equity mission and was the first university in South Australia to have a Reconciliation Action Plan. It is also a proud supporter of vital community events including the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide’s Planet Talks and the Santos Tour Down Under UCI World Tour cycling race.