Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Barney Glover
- Nirimba (Blacktown)
Western Sydney University is a large, student-centred, research-led University, embracing Australia’s global city, Sydney. In particular, Western Sydney is one of the most economically significant and fastest growing regions in Australia.
Established in 1989, the University can proudly trace its history back to 1891 through the Hawkesbury Agricultural College. Today the University has over 170,000 alumni, 44,000 students and 3,500 staff.
The University is now ranked in all major global university ranking systems and in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, as well as the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years of age according to the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings.
The University continues to build its profile as a research leader in Australia – a result of investment in its research strengths and facilities – and is nurturing the next generation of researchers. In the Excellence in Research for Australia national report, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at world standard or above.
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 – and this is reflected in the national Course Experience Questionnaire, rating the University’s student satisfaction above the sector average.
As technology continues to evolve, the University continues to offer a growing range of flexible, online degrees. Opened in January 2017, the University’s purpose-built, high-rise campus in Parramatta CBD is one of Australia’s most technologically sophisticated university campuses.
As part of the University’s rebranding in 2015, the multi award-winning ‘Unlimited’ campaign featured some of the many exceptional stories of the University’s alumni who serve as strong ambassadors and role models for future generations of students. Western Sydney University graduates achieve rewarding careers that make real contributions to societal change, lifting the pride of students, staff and the community.
The University believes the potential for success is unlimited for those with drive, talent, confidence and ambition. The University’s graduates create an impact professionally and make a lasting difference in their communities, locally and globally.