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The University of New South Wales (UNSW), also known as UNSW Sydney, is a
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based in
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, Australia. It is one of the founding members of
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, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities. Established in 1949, UNSW is a
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, ranked 44th in the world in the 2021 ''
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'' and 67th in the world in the 2021 ''
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''. It is one of the members of
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, 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, from the
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(CBD). The creative arts faculty,
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, is located in
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, and subcampuses are located in the Sydney CBD as well as several other suburbs, including Randwick and
Coogee
Coogee
. Research stations are located throughout the state of
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. 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
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Canberra
, in the
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(ACT).
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is the
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military academy
of the
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, and UNSW Canberra is the only national academic institution with a defence focus.


History


Foundation

The origins of the university can be traced to the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts established in 1833 and the Sydney Technical College established in 1878. These institutions were established to meet the growing demand for capabilities in new technologies as the New South Wales economy shifted from its pastoral base to industries fueled by the industrial age. The idea of founding the university originated from the crisis demands of World War II, during which the nation's attention was drawn to the critical role that science and technology played in transforming an agricultural society into a modern and industrial one.O'Farrell, ''UNSW, a portrait: the University of New South Wales, 1949-1999'', UNSW Press, 1999, p. 15 The post-war Labor government of New South Wales recognised the increasing need to have a university specialised in training high-quality engineers and technology-related professionals in numbers beyond that of the capacity and characteristics of the existing
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University of Sydney
. This led to the proposal to establish the Institute of Technology, submitted by the then-New South Wales
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, accepted on 9 July 1946. The university, originally named the "New South Wales University of Technology", gained its statutory status through the enactment of the ''New South Wales University of Technology Act 1949 (NSW)'' by the
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in Sydney in 1949.


Early years

In March 1948, classes commenced with a first intake of 46 students pursuing programs including
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,
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mechanical engineering
,
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, and
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electrical engineering
. At that time, the thesis programs were innovative. Each course embodied a specified and substantial period of practical training in the relevant industry. It was also unprecedented for tertiary institutions at that time to include compulsory instruction in humanities.O'Farrell, ''UNSW, a portrait: the University of New South Wales, 1949-1999'', UNSW Press, 1999 at p33 Initially, the university operated from the inner
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city campus in Ultimo as a separate institution from the college. However, in 1951, the Parliament of New South Wales passed the ''New South Wales University of Technology (Construction) Act 1951 (NSW)'' to provide funding and allow buildings to be erected at the
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site where the university is now located. The lower campus area of the Kensington campus was vested in the university in two lots, in December 1952 and June 1954. The upper campus area was vested in the university in November 1959.


Expansion

In 1958, the university's name was changed to the "University of New South Wales" reflecting a transformation from a technology-based institution to a generalist university. In 1960, the faculties of
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and
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were established, with the
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coming into being in 1971. The university's first director was Arthur Denning (1949–1952), who made important contributions to founding the university. In 1953, he was replaced by
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Philip Baxter
, who continued as vice-chancellor when this position's title was changed in 1955. Baxter's dynamic, if authoritarian, management was central to the university's first 20 years. His visionary, but at times controversial, energies saw the university grow from a handful to 15,000 students by 1968. The new vice-chancellor, Rupert Myers (1969–1981), brought consolidation and an urbane management style to a period of expanding student numbers, demand for change in university style, and challenges of student unrest. In 1962, the academic book publishing company
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was launched. Now an ACNC
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entity, it has three divisions: NewSouth Publishing (the publishing arm of the company), NewSouth Books (the sales, marketing and distribution part of the company), and the UNSW Bookshop, situated at the Kensington campus. The stabilising techniques of the 1980s managed by the vice-chancellor, Michael Birt (1981–1992), provided a firm base for the energetic corporatism and campus enhancements pursued by the subsequent vice-chancellor, (1992–2002). The 1990s had the addition of fine arts to the university. The university established colleges in
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(1951) and
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Wollongong
(1961), which eventually became the University of Newcastle and the
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in 1965 and 1975, respectively. The former St George Institute of Education (part of the short-lived
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Oatley
. A School of Sports and Leisure Studies and a School of Arts and Music Education were also subsequently based at St George. The campus was closed in 1999.


Recent history

In 2012, private sources contributed 45% of the university's annual funding. In 2010, the
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, Australia's first facility to bring together researchers in childhood and adult cancer, costing $127 million, opened.New cancer research centre for Sydney
, ''Sydney Morning Herald''. Retrieved on 23 July 2007.
In 2003, the university was invited by Singapore's
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to consider opening a campus there. Following a 2004 decision to proceed, the first phase of a planned $200 m campus opened in 2007. Students and staff were sent home and the campus closed after one semester following substantial financial losses. In 2008, it collaborated with two other universities in forming The Centre for Social Impact. In 2019, the university moved to a trimester timetable as part of UNSW's 2025 Strategy. Under the trimester timetable, the study load changed from offering four subjects per 13-week semester, to three subjects per 10-week term. The change to trimesters has been widely criticised by staff and students as a money-making move, with little consideration as to the well-being of students. In 2012, UNSW Press celebrated its 50th anniversary and launched the UNSW Bragg Prize for Science Writing. The annual Best Australian Science Writing anthology contains the winning and shortlisted entries among a collection of the year's best writing from Australian authors, journalists and scientists and is published annually in the NewSouth imprint under a different editorship. The UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize celebrates excellence in science writing by Australian high school students and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and UNSW Science. In the 2019 Student Experience Survey, the University of New South Wales recorded the lowest student satisfaction rating out of all Australian universities, with an overall satisfaction rating of 62.9, which was lower than the overall national average of 78.4. UNSW's low student satisfaction numbers for 2019 was attributed to the university's switch to a trimester system. On 15 July 2020, the university announced 493 job cuts and a 25 percent reduction in management due to the effects of
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and a $370 million budget shortfall.


Controversies

* Sexist chants: In 2016, a group of male students from UNSW's Philip Baxter College were called out for glorifying rape after they chanted "I wish that all the ladies were holes in the road, and if I was a dump truck, I’d fill them with my load", among other slogans. * Fox on campus: In June 2020, a fox at UNSW's Kensington Campus bit three students after they mistook the non-domesticated animal for a cat. The affected students were treated at
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. Despite the incident, university students demanded for the fox to be the university's mascot. A petition started by Sydney Fox and Dingo Rescue to save any foxes on campus gathered 1400 signatures after police threatened to remove the reported fox from campus. * Racist Student Politics: In June 2020, UNSW student Claudia McDonnell who was a candidate in the UNSW Council Elections of the time, came into the spotlight after racist posts she made targeting Indians and blacks were exposed. McDonnell was also criticized for making transphobic posts and holding a sympathetic stance towards
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colonialism
. * Hong Kong social media post deletion: In August 2020, Australian Federal MPs criticized UNSW after it deleted a tweet calling for the
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United Nations
to take steps to tackle Chinese aggression in
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Hong Kong
. Chinese-Australian artist
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also suggested that pro-democracy Chinese students were living in 'fear'.


Symbols

The Grant of Arms was made by the
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on 3 March 1952. The grant reads: :''Argent on a Cross Gules a Lion passant guardant between four Mullets of eight points Or a Chief Sable charged with an open Book proper thereon the word "SCIENTIA" in letters also sable.'' The lion and the four stars of the
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Southern Cross
on the
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St George's Cross
have reference to the State of New South Wales which established the university; the open book with ''scientia'' ("knowledge") across its pages is a reminder of its purpose. The placement of ''scientia'' on the book was inspired by its appearance on the arms of Imperial College London formed in 1907. Beneath the shield is the motto ''Manu et Mente'' ("With hand and mind"), which was the motto of the
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from which the university developed. An update of the design and colours of the arms was undertaken in 1970, which provided a more contemporary design, yet retained all the arms' heraldic associations. In 1994, the university title was added to the UNSW arms, as was the abbreviation "UNSW", to create the UNSW symbol that is used for everyday and marketing purposes. In late 2013, the university launched a new change to the business name used in all branding and marketing as "UNSW Australia". In January 2017, this was changed again to "UNSW Sydney", with the ADFA Canberra campus changed to "UNSW Canberra". The official name of the university, which requires an amending
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to th
University of New South Wales Act 1989
to alter, is unchanged. The
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of the university is made of stainless steel with silver facings and a shaft of timber. On the head are mounted four silver shields, two engraved with the arms of the State of New South Wales and two with the original-design arms of the university. A silver
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Waratah
, NSW's floral emblem, surmounts the head. The mace was donated to the university by
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and was presented by the company's chairman,
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, on 6 December 1962. A former NSW Government Architect, Cobden Parkes, was appointed as the first official
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.


Campuses

The main UNSW campus, where most faculties are situated, is located on a site in
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, Sydney.
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is located in the inner suburb of
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. The main UNSW campus in Kensington is divided geographically into two areas: upper campus and lower campus, which were vested to the university in three separate lots. These two are separated mainly by an elevation rise between the quadrangle and the Scientia building. Roughly 15 minutes are needed to walk from one end to the other. UNSW Canberra at ADFA (formerly known as UNSW at ADFA), abbreviated to UNSW Canberra, is situated in
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Canberra
. Its students are from the
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military academy
known as
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, who are in training for the
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, and as such has an integrated defence focus, with particular strengths in defence-related, security and engineering research. The university also has additional campuses and field stations in Randwick, ,
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,
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Dee Why
,
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,
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, Fowlers Gap,
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Port Macquarie
,
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,
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,
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, Griffith, and
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.


Research centres

The university has a number of purpose-built research facilities, including: * UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre is Australia's first facility bringing together researchers in childhood and adult cancers, as well as one of the country's largest cancer-research facilities, housing up to 400 researchers. *The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre is a centre for the faculties of science, medicine, and engineering. It is used to study the structure and composition of biological, chemical, and physical materials. *UNSW Canberra Cyber is a cyber-security research and teaching centre. *The Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management (SARCCM) has a multidisciplinary focus, and works collaboratively with the
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in
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research.


Venues and other facilities

A number of theatre and music venues are at the university, many of which are available for hire to the general public. The UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre provides health and fitness facilities and services to both students and the general public.


Governance

The university is governed by the university council, which is responsible for acting on the university's behalf to promote its objectives and interests. The council comprises 15 members, including the
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,
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, president of the academic board, two members appointed by the
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, five members appointed by the council, three members elected by university staff and two student-elected members. The principal academic body is the academic board, which receives advice on academic matters from the faculties, college (
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), and the boards of studies. It is responsible for academic policy setting, academic strategy via its eight standing committees, approval and delivery of programs, and academic standards. The board comprises 59 members, including the vice-chancellor, members of the executive team, deans and faculty presiding members, members elected from the academic staff, and six from the student body. The Board advises the vice-chancellor and council on matters relating to teaching, scholarship and research and takes decisions on delegation from the council. The
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of the university is the president and vice-chancellor, currently
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. The deputy vice-chancellors and pro-vice-chancellors form part of an executive team that are responsible for academic operations, research policy, research management, quality assurance and external relations, including philanthropy and advancement. Each of the faculties has its respective board, which are responsible for the teaching and examining of subjects within their scope.


Academic profile


Faculties

The university has six faculties: * UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture * UNSW Faculty of Business * UNSW Faculty of Engineering * UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice * UNSW Faculty of Medicine & Health *
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*
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UNSW
Canberra at
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The university also has an association with the
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.


University rankings

In the 2021
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, UNSW is ranked 44th globally (4th in Australia and 2nd in New South Wales). In addition, UNSW is ranked 11th in civil and structural engineering (1st in Australia), 15th in the world for Accounting and Finance (1st in Australia), 13th for Law (2nd in Australia), and 37th in Engineering and Technology discipline (1st in Australia), according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In the 2021
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, UNSW is ranked 65th globally, 3rd in Australia and 1st in New South Wales. In addition in 2021, UNSW has more subjects ranked in the
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than any other Australian university with 19 subjects in the top 50 and 2 subjects in the top 10 in the world. UNSW had 12 subjects ranked first in Australia: Water Resources (8th in the world), Civil Engineering (12th in the world), Library and Information Science (11th in the world), Remote Sensing (12th in the world), Finance (21st in the world), Mechanical Engineering (36th in the world), Instrument Science and Technology (32nd in the world), Management (51-75th in the world), etc. In
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UNSW is Ranked 51st Globally and is also ranked 39th in the world in the Economics/Business Category. According to the 2021 U-Multirank World University Rankings UNSW is ranked 28th in the world for Research and also ranked 2nd in Australia across Teaching, Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Orientation and Regional Engagement.In the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking UNSW is ranked 41st best university in the world and 45th globally in Economics and Business. The
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2021 placed UNSW 67th in the world, and first in Australia for Engineering and Technology discipline according to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject. According to the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UNSW is ranked top 15 in the world for Accounting, Finance and Law, and 1st in Australia for Engineering and Technology. UNSW enrols the highest number of Australia's top 500 high school students academically and produces more millionaire graduates than any other Australian university. The Australian ''Good Universities Guide 2014'' scored UNSW 5-star ratings across 10 categories, more than any other Australian university. Monash University ranked second with seven five stars, followed by ANU, Melbourne University and the University of Western Australia with six each. UNSW has produced more millionaires than any other Australian university, according to the Spear's Wealth Management Survey.
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ranked University of New South Wales as having the highest number of graduates in "Australia's Top 100 Influential Engineers 2013" list at 23%, followed by
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Selection and entry

Entry to a particular undergraduate degree program generally requires a certain
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, which varies by course. Some programs also take into account, in addition to a particular ATAR mark, performance in specialised tests, such as the
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for medicine and the Law Admission Test for law. In 2019, UNSW had the most first preferences for high school students in the state of
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. The university offers a bonus points scheme, "HSC Plus", which awards up to a maximum of 5 points for performance in year 12 Australian Senior Secondary Certificate courses relevant to UNSW undergraduate degrees. The scheme does not apply to actuarial studies, law, medicine or psychology. UNSW offers several scholarships and support programs to high achieving students. The Co-op program is a scholarship and industry engagement program awarded to students across many programs in the built environment, engineering, science and the Australian School of Business. Students usually enter the program after an application and interview while in their final year of high school. The university also offers Scientia Scholarships to a number of commencing students who performed exceptionally in the Higher School Certificate, which provide funding of $10,000 per year for the duration of the student's program. UNSW also offers a mature age entry scheme, the University Preparation Program for students age 20 or older, that can provide the requirements for entry into UNSW or other universities.


Student life


Accommodation

The university has a number of residential accommodation options, including Philip Baxter College, Basser College, Goldstein College, Fig Tree Hall, Colombo House, UNSW Hall, University of New South Wales, UNSW Hall, New College, University of New South Wales, New College and New College Village, Warrane College; International House; Shalom College (University of New South Wales), Shalom College, and Creston College, and UNSW Village.


Study abroad

The university has overseas exchange programs with over 250 overseas partner institutions. These include Princeton University, McGill University, University of Pennsylvania (inc. Wharton), Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Columbia University (summer law students only), University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz (inc. Baskin), University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, University of Michigan (inc. Ross), New York University (inc. Stern), University of Virginia, Mississippi State University, Cornell University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas at Austin (inc. McCombs), Maastricht University, University of Padua, University College London (law students only), University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and ETH Zurich.


Student projects

Students of the university are involved in a number of projects, including: *Sunswift Solar Racing Team, who hold the FIA world record for the fastest electric car over a distance and in 2015 are creating Australia's first road legal solar car to adhere to Australian Design Rules. * rUNSWift, the university's team in the international RoboCup Standard Platform League competition, is the most successful team in the world with wins in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2014 as well as coming second in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2010. *BLUEsat, BLUEsat Satellite (development in progress) *Impact Engineers are a group of cross disciplinary humanitarian engineers aspiring to make a difference to the world's developing communities. Impact Engineers currently focus their efforts in rural Sri Lanka however over the next three to five years, they will expand to launch projects across multiple developing countries * UNSW Redback Racing UNSW's entrant into the SAE-Australasia Formula SAE-A Competition (National winners in 2000) * The MAVSTAR (Micro Aerial Vehicles for Search, Tracking And Reconnaissance) project to develop a team of cooperative micro aerial and unmanned ground vehicles. * The Developing Country Project Second year thesis students doing Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering are able to get involved. The project aims to assist villagers in developing countries to gain access to electricity to satisfy their energy needs in a clean and sustainable manner. * iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) a worldwide synthetic biology competition. BABS UNSW entered their first team in 2015.


Arc @ UNSW Limited

''Arc @ UNSW Limited'' is the Students' union, student organisation at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is a Non-profit, not-for-profit public company. In 2005, the Parliament of Australia, Federal Parliament passed legislation making membership of student unions voluntary for the first time. This policy, known as voluntary student unionism (VSU), threatened the funding model behind the four UNSW student organisations with compulsory membership provisions. A report commissioned by the university administration recommended that three of those organisations – the Student Guild of Undergraduates and Postgraduates, the University of New South Wales Union and the College of Fine Arts Students' Association – merge into a single student organisation, a structure in use at the University of Melbourne. Arc was established on 15 August 2006 and launched early the following year, taking over the functions of three existing Students' union, student organisations, the UNSW Student Guild, UNSW Union, and COFA Students' Association. The organisation supports the activities of student clubs, student volunteer programs such as orientation week, student publications, two student galleries (Kudos Gallery and AD Space), and houses an elected student council, student representative council. Arc operates the Venues at the University of New South Wales#The Roundhouse, Roundhouse entertainment venue, the Graduation & Gift Store on UNSW's main campus in
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, and until recently, The Whitehouse bar and café which shut down permanently on 23 April 2021. Arc also operates a student support service, providing legal and academic advocacy. Arc@UNSW exists independently from UNSW. Arc has three constitutional student bodies: # the Student Development Committee (SDC) - supporting clubs, volunteer programs, courses and activities, # the Postgraduate Council (PGC) - representing the postgraduate community at UNSW and # an elected Student Representative Council (SRC) The student organisation is a major service provider on campus, running a number of retail outlets, student media such as ''Tharunka'' and an entertainment venue, the Venues at the University of New South Wales#The Roundhouse, Roundhouse. The Arc Student Representative Council represents students to the university and nationally and fights for their rights. Arc also provides support and funding to university clubs and societies and runs student volunteer programs such as Orientation Week. In 2007, the University of New South Wales Sports Association and UNSW Lifestyle Centre merged to become UNSW Sport and Recreation then later absorbed into Arc @ UNSW to become Arc Sport. It runs the external sporting facilities and services and supports the 30 UNSW affiliated sporting clubs that compete both at home and abroad.


''Blitz''

''Blitz'' is a student publication, published online by Arc @ UNSW, based at the University of New South Wales. ''Blitz'' under this name first appeared in session 2, 1988, but a similar "what's on" style publication had been issued by the then Source (UNSW), University Union since the early 1970s. Initially it consisted of a simple sheet or two of paper, but it evolved into a magazine style format in session two 1994 when a former editor from another student publication on campus, ''Tharunka'', was hired to found a weekly "what's on" magazine. ''Blitz'' sometimes pays casual contributors for submitted articles and photographs, and employs a student online editor, a student designer, a student TV producer and a student radio producer. ''Blitz'' typically covers the goings-on around campus and conducts interviews and publishes stories relating to current student activities. It widely publicises Arc services and activities on campus. Due to its non-partisan policy, it does not cover political issues, with the exception of voluntary student unionism. However, in 2004 an edition of ''Blitz'' was withdrawn by the student union because it contained a guide to rolling a Joint (cannabis), joint. The editor Janet Duncan claimed there had been censorship of her editorial in the following issue. Arc @ UNSW announced that the organisation would continue to publish the magazine after the introduction of voluntary student unionism in 2007.


''Tharunka''

''Tharunka,'' meaning "message stick" in the language of the Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal people local to the area, is a student newspaper originally published by the UNSW University of New South Wales Students' Union, Students Union from 1953 until 1992, when that body was replaced by the University of New South Wales Student Guild. The Guild published ''Tharunka'' from 1993 until 2006 and the successor student organisation, Arc @ UNSW Limited, continued the publication of ''Tharunka'' from 2007. ''Tharunka'' is managed by a small editorial team and actively solicits contributions from the UNSW student body. Including staff wages, the publication's budget is under $50,000 per year.


Engagement with secondary and primary school students

UNSW engages with primary and secondary education, administering several national and international academic competitions for school age children. These include: * The Australian Schools Science Competition – International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is conducted by Educational Assessment Australia, UNSW Global Pty Limited. UNSW Global is a not-for-profit provider of education, training and consulting services and a wholly owned enterprise of the University of New South Wales. It provides exams for students in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, South Africa, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India and the Pacific region. It caters to students from year 3 (Australia) through year 12, examining skills in English, mathematics, science, computers, writing and spelling. * International Competitions and Assessments for Schools-Mathematics – International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). From 2003 to 2005, ICAS-Mathematics was called Australasian Schools Mathematics Assessment. Prior to 2003, it was known as the Primary Schools Mathematics Competition and was targeted at primary schools. * The UNSW School Mathematics Competition – Since 1962, the School of Mathematics and Statistics has run the UNSW School Mathematics Competition. This competition is a three-hour open book olympiad-style exam designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples. Competition results as used as part of the assessment criteria for some university scholarships awarded by the UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics. * The UNSW COMPUTING ProgComp – Since 1997, The School of Computer Science and Engineering (UNSW COMPUTING) has run the UNSW COMPUTING ProgComp. This competition has the overall aim of raising awareness amongst high school students of the craft of programming and to encourage students to develop and apply their computing knowledge and skills. * The UNSW COMPUTING Robotics Workshopscomputing.unsw.edu.au
– UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering (UNSW COMPUTING) has developed specialised robotic workshops for school students. They focus on the use of the Lego NXT technology combined with the popular RoboCup Junior competition for schools. UNSW COMPUTING is also a national and NSW state sponsor of RoboCup Junior.


Educational Assessment Australia

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by Janison Education Group on 31 May 2020. It is a national and international educational assessment organisation specialising in large-scale assessment programs including the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India, South Africa and the Pacific region. EAA also provides scanning, data analysis and reporting services to commercial and educational institutions.


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 Foreign Minister of Australia 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 Malcolm Turnbull, 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 Australian 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 & International Banking, Standard Chartered Bank *David James (cell biologist), 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, former Federal Minister for Health, Member of the House of Representatives *Robert McClelland (Australian politician), 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 (cricketer), Mark Taylor, former captain of the Australian cricket team *Usman Khawaja, cricketer *Geoff Lawson (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


See also

*ARC Training Centre for Automated Manufacture of Advanced Composites *New South Wales Systems Biology Initiative


References


Further reading

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External links


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