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The University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Dr Michael Spence
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Campus locations

  • Camperdown/Darlington
  • Burren Street
  • Camden
  • Cumberland
  • Mallett Street
  • Rozelle
  • Surry Hills
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Established in 1850 as Australia’s first university, today the University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading comprehensive research and teaching institutions, ranked in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings.

Our diverse community of more than 60,000 students and 6400 academic staff showcases the best of Australian innovation and research on the international stage.

Multidisciplinary research excellence

We’re a world-renowned research institution, with 100 percent of our research ranked at world standard or above by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia report.

Since 2011 we’ve invested almost $1.7 billion in interdisciplinary research in areas including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; nanoscale science and technology; mental health and brain science; and development of a deeper understanding of China and Southeast Asia. New initiatives include a multidisciplinary focus on infectious diseases, translational data science, climate change and the intersection between food, animals, soil, nutrition and global health.

We plan to triple our current research investment to $150 million annually by 2020, to enable our staff to improve the lives of everyone.

Educational excellence for everyoneIt has always been our mission to provide people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to realise their potential through education. We were one of the first universities in the world to admit students solely on academic merit, and women on the same basis as men.

Today, we teach Australia’s broadest range of disciplines and have developed a global network that includes 300 exchange opportunities in 41 countries, giving our students the opportunity to deepen their educational experience and equip them to address society’s challenges. We also offer more than $100 million in scholarships, grants and other support every year.

A unique campus life

We’re home to a diverse range of students from more than 140 countries who enjoy access to more than 200 clubs and societies, sporting facilities, museums, galleries and performance, learning and study spaces.

With one of the world’s most beautiful campuses only five minutes from the city centre, our community is unlike any other.

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