The University of Western Australia (UWA) is recognised internationally as an excellent research-intensive university.
Established in 1911, the University's ground-breaking research, quality academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities combine to offer a vibrant student experience.
As Western Australia's premier university, UWA was equal first overall in Australia based on key measures in the Good Universities Guide 2014 including student demand, graduate outcomes, graduate starting salaries, getting a full-time job research intensivity and research grants.
The University of Western Australia consistently appears in the top 1% of universities worldwide in the major academic rankings systems such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the QS World University Rankings.
UWA is the only Western Australian university to belong to the Group of Eight – a coalition of the top research universities in Australia – and it is one of only two Australian members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 18 research-led universities from Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific. The University is also a foundation member of the Matariki Network of high quality, research-intensive universities with a particular focus on student experience.
Adjacent to the Swan River, the UWA Crawley Campus is among the most picturesque in the nation with its grand sandstone and terracotta buildings sitting among elegant heritage-listed gardens.
- Highest-quality graduates
UWA graduates gain full-time employment at a higher rate than other university graduates in Western Australia and most other Australian universities. UWA students leave with a highly respected qualification and with the skills sought by employers in today's challenging job market.
Western Australia's top-achieving school leavers choose to study at UWA as do high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate students from around Australia and the world, particularly Southeast Asia.
- World-class education
Our students benefit from the strong knowledge base and experience of teaching staff, many of whom have substantial international experience.
The University's strong foundation in research and teaching creates a scholarly environment which promotes the pursuit and rigorous critical interpretation of new information as well as the acquisition of knowledge.
Apart from lectures, tutorials, supervised research, field trips and student placements, the University also provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge on collaborative projects with business, industry, government and the wider community.
UWA students are also involved in more than 160 student exchange or study abroad programs in North America, Asia and Europe.
- Teaching programs
Comprehensive learning programs for undergraduates and postgraduates are delivered across nine faculties and the School of Indigenous Studies.
The faculties are:
Our offshore teaching programs are attended by more than 700 students in Asia, including Singapore and China.
The University has a strong commitment to excellence and this underpins all its activities, particularly in the areas of teaching and research. UWA is responsible for almost 70 per cent of university-based research in Western Australia, attracting researchers of international standing, many of whom are working in the numerous research centres at the University. These academic leaders, including Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, pass on their knowledge and excite students to learn.
While research covers the full range of disciplines within the University, our strategic research priorities are:
- plant sciences and sustainable food production
- ecology, evolution and the environment
- energy and minerals
- Indigenous knowledge
- medicine and health
- mind and the nervous system
The University's Graduate Research School has about 2000 higher degree by research students, mostly undertaking PhDs.
- International community
The University thinks globally in preparing its students to be citizens of the world. Formal agreements with nearly 230 institutions around the world provide a spirit of internationalism and these partnerships promote a lively exchange of staff, students, knowledge and ideas. UWA teaches several programs offshore in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Shanghai.
The University welcomes more than 4500 international students to its academic programs. Our Crawley campus is a multicultural and multi-faith community which includes students from 90 different countries.
By reaching out to the world, UWA continues to enhance its reputation as a genuinely international university that is helping our students reach their goals and dreams.
The University of Western Australia acknowledges that it is situated on Noongar land, that the Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.