Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Barney Glover
- Nirimba (Blacktown)
Western Sydney University is a large, student-centered, research-led metropolitan university in Western Sydney – one of the most economically significant and fastest growing regions in Australia.
Established in 1989, the University can trace its history back to 1891 when its oldest predecessor, the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, enrolled its first students. Today the University has over 44,000 students and more than 3,000 staff. Its diverse local and international population creates a vibrant, intellectual environment, and an enriching student experience.
The University is now ranked in the top three percent of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, and is also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of age. This recognition underscores the significant work being undertaken to broaden the University’s international horizons.
Western Sydney University also continues to build its profile as a research leader in Australia – a result of investment in its research strengths and facilities – and is nurturing of the next generation of researchers. In the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) national report, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at world standard or above. The University’s teaching is also among the best in the country, demonstrated by Western Sydney University academics winning the Australian University Teacher of the year two years in a row in recent years.
The University’s excellence in all these areas culminates in its focus on students – over 60 per cent of whom are first in their family to attend university. Students acknowledge this through the national Course Experience Questionnaire, rating overall Western Sydney University student satisfaction at above the sector average.
In 2015, Western Sydney University rebranded and launched its ‘Unlimited’ campaign, which featured just a few of the many exceptional stories of the University’s alumni: Melissa Chiu – a Director of a Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, Jay Manley – an engineer with Tesla Motors in San Francisco and Deng Adut, whose journey from child Soldier in South Sudan to Law graduate and practicing lawyer in Western Sydney is remarkable. These stories have been viewed in excess of 4 million times online, all over the world, and have built pride among students, staff and the community.
Western Sydney University believes the potential for success is unlimited for those with drive, talent, confidence and ambition. The University’s graduates create an impact through their professional endeavours and help to make a difference in their communities, locally and globally.
As people’s lives change, and technology continues to evolve, Western Sydney University is giving students even greater flexibility to juggle work, family, travel and study. It is opening a high-rise campus in the Parramatta CBD in 2017 and has launched a growing range of fully online degrees.