University description (as per official university website)
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.
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise.
It is a member of significant international networks of excellent research intensive universities, including the Worldwide Universities Network and the Matariki Network of Universities as well as a member of the Australian 'Group of Eight' research universities.
The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, is supported by a five member Executive.
Sitting on the banks of the Swan River, the UWA Crawley campus is the oldest in Western Australia and among the most picturesque in the nation with its grand sandstone and terracotta buildings sitting among elegant heritage-listed gardens.
Highest quality graduates
UWA has the highest quality undergraduates of any university in Australia. This is underpinned by the fact that the proportion of UWA graduates accepted into full-time employment within five months of completing their course is the highest of all Western Australian universities and among the highest in Australia.
Coupled with this success is our high-quality intake of students. 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 South-East Asia.
UWA is ranked second in Australia for the quality of its undergraduate programs. 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 regular delivery of information (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 75 student exchange or study abroad programs in north America, Asia and Europe.
The university offers comprehensive learning programs for undergraduates and postgraduates across nine faculties and the School of Indigenous Studies.
The faculties are:
Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Life and Physical Sciences
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
Our offshore teaching programs are attended by more than 700 students in Singapore, China (including Hong Kong) and the Philippines.
UWA is one of Australia's leading research universities, ranked second for research in Australia (taking account of its size). Responsible for almost 70 per cent of the university-based research and development in Western Australia, UWA is committed to the achievement of the highest quality research and scholarship by international standards.
While research covers the full range of disciplines within the university, our specialist areas include:
exploration, production and exploitation of minerals, oil and gas
management of agricultural and natural ecosystems
the humanities and social sciences
health and bio-medicine
information technology, telecommunications and computer science and
international management and business studies.
The University's Graduate Research School has approximately 300 higher degree by research students completing their degrees, mostly PhDs.
The University welcomes more than 4,500 international students to its academic programmes both onshore and overseas. Our Crawley campus is a multi-cultural and multi-faith community which includes students from 90 different countries.
The University also participates in a number of international scholarship programs, principally through AusAID, which manages the Australian Government's overseas aid program.