The University of Western Australia
Established in 1911, Western Australia’s first university, The University of Western Australia (UWA), has an international reputation for remarkable and life-changing contributions across research, learning and teaching. UWA is ranked in the world’s Top 100 universities and number one in Western Australia.
UWA is located five kilometres from Perth’s central business district, next to Perth’s iconic Kings Park and the Swan River.
UWA’s experience-rich curriculum and global network prepare students for the ever-changing world outside of their degree. UWA students connect with professionals in their field for one-on-one advice through mentoring programs. They also have access to local, national and global networks inside and outside the classroom. UWA’s Careers Centre and other services provide support for students on their career pathway from the day they enrol.
Students join a community, not just a university, making lifelong personal and professional connections. With more than 160 clubs and societies (more than any other Australian university), an active Student Guild and plenty of events to fill the social calendar, students are sure to find a community where they feel at home. Whether support is needed for academic, financial, health or otherwise – UWA’s support services are on hand to help.
The University has an international reputation for excellence and enterprise and is regarded as one of Australia’s top research institutions, attracting the world’s brightest minds across a wide range of disciplines, with international leaders in many diverse fields.
Last year physicist Professor David Blair was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for contributing to the first detection of gravitational waves. This followed mathematician Professor Cheryl Praeger winning the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her pioneering work developing mathematical algorithms driven by symmetry and finite group theory. Professor Praeger was also awarded the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Medal earlier this year for her mathematical work on symmetry and developing algorithms that help power technology around the world.
The University is a member of the Group of Eight (a partnership of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities), the Worldwide Universities Network and the Matariki Network of Universities.
UWA has a strong connection to industry and government and contributes to communities both locally and internationally. As the founder of the Perth Festival (the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere), UWA is part of Perth’s dynamic cultural scene and its campus is home to numerous galleries, museums and theatres.