Professor Dawn Freshwater
Ranked in the world’s top 100 universities, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is Western Australia’s first university, established in 1911. The University has an international reputation for high quality education, research that is helping solve some of the world’s most complex problems, and its strong relationship with industry and the community.
UWA is located next to the Swan River, five kilometres from the Perth central business district.
Teaching and learning
UWA offers a world-class education where students learn from leading experts, receive practical and industry experience, and develop critical skills. UWA’s course structure allows students to design an individual course of study to match career goals with their interests. Students have access to work placements and exchanges with 180 universities around the globe. Graduates from UWA consistently exceed the national average starting salaries, while industry partnerships present valuable opportunities for professional networking.
Global rankings and memberships
• Ranked 93 in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities
• Ranked 91 in the 2019 (published in 2018) QS World University Rankings
• Ranked 134 in the 2019 (published in 2018) Times Higher Education
The University is a member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, and belongs to the 23-strong, six continent-wide Worldwide Universities Network. It is also a founding member of the Matariki Network of Universities.
UWA is a research-intensive university attracting high levels of research funding and the finest minds from around the globe. 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 researchers who contributed to the discovery of gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein and one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the century.
UWA is widely acclaimed for its heritage-listed, picturesque grounds and its contribution to the community. It is part of a dynamic Perth cultural scene, having founded the Perth Festival (the oldest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere) and has a vibrant Cultural Precinct with numerous galleries, museums and theatres.