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Professor Dawn Freshwater
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Campus locations

  • Crawley
  • Claremont
  • Albany

Ranked in the world’s top 100 universities, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is Western Australia’s first university and has an international reputation for excellence in education, research and community engagement. The University is located alongside the Swan River, five kilometres from the heart of Perth city. It was established in 1913 and has a student population of more than 24,000, drawn from 90 countries. 

UWA offers students a world-class environment in which they can learn from leading experts, gain practical and hands-on experience and develop critical skills for today’s rapidly changing society. UWA’s innovative course structure is based on a global model and allows students to design an individual course of study to match career goals with their interests. Graduates from UWA consistently exceed the national average starting salaries and State graduate employment rates.

UWA was ranked 96th in the 2016 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities. The University is a member of the Group of Eight, a group of leading research-intensive Australian universities, and belongs to the 18-strong, five continent-wide Worldwide Universities Network. It is also part of the Matariki Network of Universities, comprising of high-quality universities across seven nations. 

UWA’s cutting-edge research attracts high levels of competitive research funding (including around two-thirds of the Australian Research Council’s total funding to WA universities annually) and researchers who are global leaders in their field. University staff have won numerous awards for teaching and research. Of particular note are Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren, who received a Nobel Prize for the discovery of Helicobacter pylori as the cause of stomach ulcers, and most recently UWA researchers who contributed to the discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves, one of the biggest discoveries of the century. 

UWA is widely acclaimed for its national heritage-listed, picturesque grounds and vibrant social, cultural and sporting life, as well as its contribution to the community. It is part of a dynamic Perth cultural scene, having founded the Perth International Arts Festival (the oldest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere) and has a vibrant cultural precinct which draws the community to its numerous galleries, museums and theatres.