A history of thinking forward
As Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney has a proud history of global leadership in education and research and inspiring 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 (QS World University Rankings 2020).
We offer an exceptional range of disciplines – more than 400 areas of study – and our community includes more than 70,000 students, 8000 permanent and fixed-term staff and 350,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.
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. Our students also benefit from a global network of more than 250 exchange opportunities in 40 countries.
Unique campus life
The University offers our students more than 200 clubs and societies, sporting and performance facilities, museums, galleries and learning and studying 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 and talents of scholars from many disciplines. We’ve invested heavily in interdisciplinary research, in areas including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; inequality; nanoscale science and technology; mental health and brain science; and development of a deeper understanding of Southeast Asia and China.
We’re a world-renowned research institution, with 100 percent 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.