As Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney has a proud history of global leadership in education and research. We inspire people from all backgrounds to contribute to positive real-world change.
Our international rankings reflect our sustained track record of excellence and global reputation – we are regularly ranked in the top 50 universities worldwide and we ranked 2nd in the world in the THE University Impact Rankings 2020.
We offer an exceptional range of disciplines – more than 400 areas of study – and our community includes more than 70,000 students, 8,000 permanent and fixed-term staff and 380,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.
We engage with partners across industry, government, non-profit and community sectors to answer the biggest questions facing society, business and our communities worldwide.
Our flexible undergraduate curriculum allows our students to choose the way they want to learn, gain hands-on experience, develop workplace-ready skills and learn across multiple disciplines. Our postgraduate courses enable students to advance their careers, pursue a passion and gain a higher qualification.
The University offers our students opportunities for enriched social interactions through more than 200 clubs and societies. Students benefit from access to sporting and performance facilities, museums, galleries, study spaces, and the chance to learn on one of the world’s most beautiful campuses.
Research with impact
Our research is driven by the big picture and a desire to make a positive impact. We find solutions to the world’s biggest problems by changing how we look at them – questioning assumptions and thinking differently.
Our researchers look at problems from all angles, combining expertise from many disciplines. We’ve invested heavily in interdisciplinary research, in areas including obesity, diabetes and
cardiovascular disease; inequality; nanoscience; mental health and brain science, and deepening understanding of Southeast Asia and China.
We’re a world-renowned research institution, with 100 per cent of our research ranked at world standard or above by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia report.
In creating Australia’s first university, our founders recognised the power of education to change society. We hold that belief just as strongly today.