To provide knowledge through ground-breaking research, innovative degree programs, inspirational teaching, industry collaboration and enable students to meet their personal, educational and career goals.
Situated in the Illawarra region on the east coast of Australia, the University of Wollongong (UOW) is only an hour south of Sydney, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and stunning mountains to the west. It is a perfect place for those who want the university experience enriched with beaches, a relaxed lifestyle and surrounding natural beauty. It has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities. The University was founded in 1951 as a Division of the New South Wales University of Technology and became an independent institution in 1975.
The University of Wollongong is an innovative institution with a multi-disciplinary approach to research, strengthened by strong industry partnerships and a personalized approach to teaching. With connections to more than 200 universities in 35 countries, UOW is truly an international university. They have students from more than 160 nationalities and have nurtured a welcoming multi-ethnic community. More than 23,000 students are gaining a world-class education at UOW’s Wollongong campus. International students make up about 6,300 of those enrolments.
About the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Paul Wellings joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in January 2012. Formerly, he worked as a Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002 to 2011. He began his career as a NERC Research Fellow before working as a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division in 1995. From 1997 to 1999 he was Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra. In 1999 he returned to CSIRO as Deputy Chief Executive.
A Message from the Vice-Chancellor: “People are drawn to the University of Wollongong for many reasons: to pursue accredited qualifications, gain employment experience, build global perspectives and access world-class research. Every one of them is assured of receiving the support they need to do their very best. We pride ourselves on preparing people for emerging industries and future jobs – people who are ready to succeed in their careers and make a positive contribution to their communities.”
About Courses, Teaching Methods, and Other Facilities
UOW offers over 400 undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate coursework and research degrees in the areas of Business, Science, Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Art, Engineering, Information Sciences, Medicine and Health.
UOW’s personalized approach ensures students make a smooth transition into university life, while real-world experience is incorporated into every degree. The passionate lecturers and supportive industry leaders take the time to get to know the students so that they can understand them.
For overall development of the students, several facilities are provided, which includes extensive teaching, research, and administration buildings, student residences, library, conference rooms, food halls, cafes, supermarket, restaurant and bar, retail outlets, indoor sports centers and gymnasium, Olympic-standard swimming pool and sports fields.
Achievements and Acknowledgements
According to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, UOW is globally ranked as the 17th best modern university in the world in the QS Top 50 under 50 Rankings 2018. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) has ranked UOW as the number one university in New South Wales.
The 2018 Good Universities Guide rated UOW as Australia’s leading public university for student experience and it’s the only publicly funded Australian university to achieve 5-stars in all student experience measures: overall experience, skills development, student support, teaching quality, learning resources, and learner engagement.
UOW is known for producing some the most employable graduates in the world and is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of its graduates in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. In 2018, UOW was the only Australian university to be listed as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) for two consecutive years. The award recognizes and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence.
Career Development Services
UOW Careers Central provides support and opportunities that help students gain practical workplace experience and the skills employers want. Careers Central helps students set and achieve career goals, clarify and guide career direction, and to develop their employability so they can enter their career of choice. The University offers individual career consultations, workshops, ideas to enhance employability, job search support, resume advice, assistance with interview preparation and more.
UOW offers a range of scholarships that help students with the costs of study. Their scholarships offer a tuition fee reduction of up to 30 percent and the students are automatically considered for a scholarship program while they submit the application.
Believe in Holistic Development of Students
UOW is a truly student-centered university with individual attention, available staff, dedicated research supervisors and a personal approach. From the day students join UOW, they can expect guidance and support.
It has a unique program that connects students with valuable co-curricular activities that are offered at the University of Wollongong campus. Students can select from more than 150 mentoring, leadership, community, creative and ambassador roles. The personal and professional development that a student gains through these activities assists them in their holistic development for facing any challenging roles in future.
With more than 130 active clubs on campus, UOW makes it easy to build friendships, learn skills or develop professional networks.
“Words of Trust”
“There is a huge advantage in the amount of clinical work that was set aside for us. This is the kind of practical experience and knowledge that make you valuable to employers.”
- Nicole Humble, Bachelor of Medical Radiation Physics (Honors)
“I love the campus, it’s very green. I also love the balance between getting an education, but also the social side and all the clubs you can get involved with. There are so many opportunities.”
- Sam Houston, Bachelor of Geography
“My degree contained a diverse range of practical experiences and there were always opportunities to be involved and become engaged beyond the theory and assignments.” – Toby Dawson, Bachelor of Social Science (Public Health)
“I was involved with the International Peer Mentoring Network. We organized events that helped international students with their transition to university and helped them adapt. We matched them with another student to help them out.” – Loan Kien, International student, Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)