The University of Adelaide stands tall on the world stage as South Australia’s leading university. Consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities globally* and located in the heart of the world’s 10th most liveable city**, we offer the rare combination of elite academic performance and outstanding quality of life.
We also combine significant, impact-focused research with excellent graduate outcomes. We’re the state’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, and rank number one for graduate employability^.
Established in 1874, our proud tradition instils confidence in our students. We’re associated with five Nobel Laureates, more than 120 Fulbright Scholars and over 100 Rhodes Scholars. Yet as a progressive, forward-thinking institution, our focus remains firmly on breaking new ground.
Research for a better world
Our 1,700 research academics and 2,300 research students collaborate with industry, government and other leading institutions to solve real societal problems and achieve meaningful community impact.
One hundred per cent of our research is rated ‘world standard or above’, with work in 41 fields assessed as ‘well above world standard’†. Key strengths include: agriculture, food and wine; defence and security; med-tech and health; environment and sustainability; mining and energy; and society, culture and the economy.
Preparing students for the future workforce
Although many jobs students could be doing in a decade’s time don’t yet exist, the best preparation for them does, here at Adelaide. We constantly update our degrees to ensure that—wherever students’ passions lie—they’ll gain the flexible capabilities to explore every future opportunity.
Importantly, our degrees’ quality opens career paths everywhere. We’re ranked top 10 globally in two subject areas; top 50 in another nine; and top 100 in 14 more.#
A uniquely rewarding workplace
The University of Adelaide offers vast scope for a long, fulfilling career. Our staff work alongside world-leading colleagues; receive career-long support, with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional growth; and are immersed in incredible cultural diversity. Around 30% of our 28,000 students come from overseas—more than 100 countries in all—and half of our academic staff were born internationally or hold dual citizenships.
*Times Higher Education, 2020; QS World University Rankings, 2020; Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019. **Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019. ^QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020. †Excellence in Research Australia, 2018. #QS World University Rankings By Subject, and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, both 2020.