The University of Canberra is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and sits among the world’s top 100 young universities*. Anchored as a leading institution in Australia’s capital, it occupies a ringside seat at national debates and in decision-making, frequently informing and influencing deliberations as a powerful engine of economic development, social wellbeing, creative thought and public discourse.
In less than three decades the university has made significant strides to earn its place among the world’s best tertiary institutions. Its success and impact have come from the courage to take risks, make considered choices, and forego the temptation to follow the prevailing standards and attitudes of its contemporaries.
Throughout its history, the university has challenged orthodoxy and boldly traced its own distinctive path, leading the way into uncharted territories and staying the course against significant headwinds. A new strategic plan, Distinctive by Design, outlines the university’s vision to become a distinctive community for lifelong learning, serving as a beacon of sustainable, smart and connected living.
The university’s dual focus on producing profession-ready graduates and mission-oriented, problem-solving research makes it an attractive place for people to study, live and work, whether at its flagship Canberra campus or at its partner institutions around Australia and abroad.
The university’s unique campus serves as an interactive and connected hub from which our global presence extends to all corners of the globe. This location is pivotal to its close relations with the diplomatic community, enabling worldwide engagement.
Due to its focus on preparing professional, career-ready graduates with the right mix of skills, University of Canberra graduates enjoy an 89 per cent graduate employment rate and above-average graduate starting salaries**. Many of its 84,000 alumni hold influential positions in public and private sectors in 128 countries.
The university is a leading sports institution with strong ties to elite local teams. It proudly owns WNBL club the University of Canberra Capitals and competes in the University Sevens Series, a rugby sevens competition for women. Australia’s most successful Super Rugby club, the ACT Brumbies, call the university home.
A significant campus development project is currently underway and is transforming the university’s flagship campus in Canberra’s north. The University of Canberra Hospital opened on campus in 2018 as a specialised rehabilitation and mental health facility. It is home to a dedicated teaching research space for the university’s students and staff. Other projects underway or in development include a medical centre, aged care facility and a residential development.
* 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings
** 2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)