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Vice-Chancellor and 


Professor Ian Jacobs
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Campus locations

  • UNSW Kensington
  • UNSW Paddington
  • UNSW Canberra  at



The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney is the destination choice for the best from Australia and around the world. UNSW is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world1 and among the top three Australian universities for graduates finding employment2.

In 2015 UNSW launched its exciting and ambitious 2025 Strategy, a $3 billion investment to improve and transform lives through excellence in research and education with a powerful commitment to social justice and thought leadership. Our ambitious 10-year strategy is now underway, delivering at scale and pace, creating new opportunities and putting people at the heart of this important transformation.

Among our many achievements, UNSW has led via transformative social policy and public law and has contributed hugely to the cultural, artistic and intellectual life of our community, while also pioneering the global development of solar energy technologies, helping to control devastating epidemics such as HIV, developing new therapies for depression and anxiety, and making previously unimaginable breakthroughs in quantum computing.

With more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries, it is one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities. More of Australia’s top CEO’s who lead ASX100 companies studied at UNSW than any other university3.
UNSW is a member of prestigious networks, such as a founding member of the Group of Eight (a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities), Universitas 21 international network and APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities).

UNSW is also a founding member of The PLuS (Phoenix –London-Sydney) Alliance, which creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages across three globally-focused universities to contribute to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of sustainability, global health, social justice, technology and innovation. The PLuS Alliance provides cross-institutional programs for students around the globe on our campuses and online and establishes research connections across the universities.

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are the Art & Design campus in the Sydney suburb of Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

In addition to UNSW Canberra at ADFA, UNSW has eight faculties - Art & Design; Arts & Social Sciences; Built Environment; Business School; Engineering; Law; Medicine; and Science – which offer an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

1 2017 QS World University rankings
2 QS Graduate Employability Rankings
3 Leading Company (2012)