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University of New South Wales
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Former name
New South Wales University of Technology (1949–1958)
Motto Scientia Corde Manu et Mente (Latin)
Motto in English
Knowledge by Heart, Hand and Mind
Type Public research university
Established 1 July 1949 (1949-07-01) (72 years ago)
Endowment A$2.46 billion (2019)
Chancellor David Gonski AC
President Attila Brungs
Academic staff
3,243 (2020)
Administrative staff
3,987 (2020)
Students 63,232 (2020)
Undergraduates 35,679 (2018)
Postgraduates 18,226 (2018)
Location , ,

Campus Urban, parks, 38 hectares (0.38 km2)
Colours Yellow and black
  • Group of Eight
  • Universitas 21
  • APRU
  • ADFA
  • ACU
  • Global Alliance of Technological Universities
  • PLuS Alliance
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW), also known as UNSW Sydney, is a public research university based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the founding members of Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities.

Established in 1949, UNSW is a research university, ranked 44th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 67th in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is one of the members of Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. It has international exchange and research partnerships with over 200 universities around the world.

According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UNSW is ranked top 20 in the world for Law, Accounting and Finance, and 1st in Australia for Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. UNSW is also one of the leading Australian universities in Medicine, where the median ATAR (Australian university entrance examination results) of its medical school students is higher than any other Australian undergraduate medical school.

The university comprises seven faculties, through which it offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The main campus is in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the Sydney central business district (CBD). The creative arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, is located in Paddington, and subcampuses are located in the Sydney CBD as well as several other suburbs, including Randwick and Coogee. Research stations are located throughout the state of New South Wales.

The university's second largest campus, known as UNSW Canberra at ADFA (formerly known as UNSW at ADFA), abbreviated to UNSW Canberra, is situated in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). ADFA is the military academy of the Australian Defence Force, and UNSW Canberra is the only national academic institution with a defence focus.

Notable people

Notable alumni include:

  • Scott Morrison, current prime minister of Australia
  • Gladys Berejiklian, former premier of New South Wales
  • Mark Bouris, CEO of Yellow Brick Road and television personality
  • Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO of software company Atlassian
  • Bob Carr, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former premier of New South Wales
  • Campbell Newman, former premier of Queensland
  • Roger Corbett, former chairman of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne
  • John Deeble, architect of Medicare Australia
  • Tim Flannery, mammalogist, palaeontologist, activist and author
  • Lucy Turnbull, former lord mayor of Sydney and wife of the 29th Prime Minister of Australia
  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand
  • Peter Garrett, rock musician, former federal politician
  • Rebel Wilson, actress, writer, director
  • Karl Kruszelnicki, scientist and media presenter
  • Marise Payne, senator for New South Wales and Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Bob Bellear, first indigenous judge
  • Mehdi Ghazanfari, Minister of Commerce of Iran
  • Charlie Teo, neurosurgeon
  • John M. Green, author, publisher and company director
  • Foo Mee Har, Singaporean MP and global head of priority anf international banking, Standard Chartered Bank
  • David James, former head of diabetes and obesity at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Betty Kitchener, founder of mental health first aid
  • Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment, member of the House of Representatives
  • Robert McClelland, former attorney-general of Australia
  • King Tupou VI of Tonga
  • Jacqueline McKenzie, prominent Australian film, stage and television actress
  • Prince Mak, idol group member of Korean boyband JJCC
  • Hamid Mirzadeh, Iranian politician and academic who is the third and current president of the Islamic Azad University system
  • Glenn Murcutt, architect
  • Kerry Nettle, Australian Greens senator
  • Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, director-general of the National Library of Australia
  • Matthew Miles, CEO of MS Research Australia
  • David Wong Dak Wah, chief judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak
  • Shaun Gladwell, visual artist
  • Richard Ferrero, microbiologist
  • Barbara Cleveland, contemporary performance artist
  • Pranav Mohanlal, Indian actor known for his work in Malayalam films
  • Mark Taylor, former captain of the Australian cricket team
  • Usman Khawaja, cricketer
  • Geoff Lawson, cricketer
  • Sam Chui, Chinese aviation blogger based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Del Kathryn Barton, visual artist
  • Mitchell Butel, actor and director
  • Kerry Chant, Doctor, NSW Chief Health Officer

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