University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong, Australia

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Welcome to the University of Wollongong.

In just 40 years UOW has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities; dynamic, agile, innovative and prominent in national and international rankings for the quality of our teaching and research.

The University began as an institute for the then New South Wales University of Technology, Sydney at a single location in Wollongong. Since gaining independence in 1975, UOW has grown into an international multi-campus University, expanding to occupy two Sydney campuses and five regional campuses, as well as locations in Hong Kong and Dubai.

With now over 36,000 students, more than 2,400 staff, and an economic impact of around $2 billion in activity annually, UOW is an influential part of its communities and the catalyst for Wollongong’s transformation into a University city.

Our students and staff come from diverse backgrounds, and we welcome many international students to our campuses each year. They share a culture that respects openness, inclusiveness, collegiality and diversity.

I am proud of our talented, motivated and energetic staff—many of whom are leaders in their field nationally and internationally. We aim to align our academic community and graduates with national priorities, and are focussed on producing outstanding research that addresses the complex social, environmental and economic challenges that we face now and into the future.

In anticipating the nature of emergent industries and the jobs of the future, we aim to develop graduates who are ethical, mobile, technologically literate and ready for multicultural workplaces. We encourage creative and critical thinking, and encourage our students and staff to challenge and cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines and create truly interdisciplinary partnerships.

We’ve focused our efforts to ensure that the UOW curriculum is intellectually challenging, models critical inquiry and real-world practice, and is delivered in technology-rich and immersive environments.

We are a young and vibrant university with a strong sense of who we are, and where we are going.

Professor Paul Wellings, CBE
Vice-Chancellor & Principal
University of Wollongong

 

University of Wollongong is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines.

Our commitment to our students is evident in our graduates, who are recognised for their capability, quality and success in the global workplace.

UOW is an international network of campuses and regional learning centres. Together with our partners, we make a strong and connected presence in our communities.

We are a young and vibrant university with undiminished ambitions. We value our research capacity to work on complex interdisciplinary problems. Our spirit of inquiry drives our research and learning environments and our objective of earning a place in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Faculty of Business

  • School of Accounting & Finance
  • School of Economics
  • School of Management & Marketing
  • Sydney Business School

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

  • School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Engineering Physics
  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering
  • School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE)
  • School of Computer Science & Software Engineering (SCSSE)
  • School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT)
  • School of Mathematics & Applied Statistics (SMAS)
  • SMART Infrastructure Facility

Faculty of Law, Humanities and The Arts

  • School of Law
  • School of Arts
  • School of Creative Arts
  • School of English Literatures & Philosophy
  • Language Centre
  • School of History & Politics
  • School of Social Sciences, Media & Communication
  • Indigenous Studies Unit

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute
  • School of Biology
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • School of Education
  • School of Psychology

History


In 1951, a foundation of the University of Wollongong was founded as a division of the New South Wales University of Technology in Wollongong, New South Wales. A decade later, the division became the Wollongong College of the University of New South Wales.

In 1975, the University of Wollongong gained its autonomy as an independent institution of higher learning by the New South Wales Parliament.

In 1977, the Faculty of Computer Science (currently known as the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences) developed a version of Unix for the Interdata 7/32 called UNSW 01, this was the first non-PDP Unix. In the late 70s, Tim Berners-Lee sourced TCP/IP software, an integral element of the World Wide Web, from the University of Wollongong.

In 1981, Ken McKinnon was appointed vice chancellor, overseeing the amalgamation of the university with the Wollongong Institute of Education (also known as WIE) in 1982. The Wollongong Institute of Education had originated in 1971 as the Teachers College (renamed the Wollongong Institute of Education in 1973). This merger formed the basis of the contemporary university.

In 1983, the Faculty of Commerce was established along with the School of Creative Arts, followed by the creation of the Faculty of Education in 1984. Also in 1984 the commencement of the new Wollongong University building program began, which led to the construction and opening of the Illawarra Technology Centre (1985), Kooloobong (1985, 1986, 1990), Weerona College (1986), Administration, Union Mall (now known as UniCentre), URAC (1987), multi-storey carpark (1990) and heated swimming pool (1990).

In 1993, the University of Wollongong Dubai Campus in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates was established.

In 2000, the Shoalhaven Campus was opened at Nowra on the New South Wales south coast.

In 2008, the university opened the first building at Wollongong Innovation Campus (abbreviated as iC) on a 20-hectare site at Brandon Park in Wollongong. In August, the Faculty of Science dean, Rob Whelan, took up a new role as president of the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

In 2009, the chancellor, Mike Codd AC, announced his retirement after three four-year terms. His replacement, effective on 1 October, was Jillian Broadbent AO. Ms Jillian Broadbent, who has a banking background, is on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; and has been a director of Qantas Airways Limited, Special Broadcasting Service andAustralian Securities Exchange. She became the third Chancellor after Justice Robert Hope and Mr Michael Codd.

In 2010, the New South Wales Health Minister, Carmel Tebbutt, opened the $30 million Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute in July. In August, a $20 million building housing the Sydney Business School and the UOW/TAFE Digital Media Centre opened at the Innovation Campus. The centre was named the Mike Codd Building in honour of a former chancellor, Michael Codd AC.

In 2012, the University of Wollongong hosted the independently organised TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event for a select group of 100 people on 29 May. The event (also referred to as TEDxUWollongong) saw some of researchers at the university sharing their life’s work and passion for the cutting edge field of medical bionics; a field which is currently developing the next generation of the bionic ear, bionic eye and conduits that facilitate nerve repair for spinal cord damage.


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