The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a public research university located in the Australian state of Western Australia, with its main campus located on the picturesque banks of the Swan River in Perth, just five kilometres from Perth’s central business district, next to Perth’s iconic Kings Park, with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere. Established in 1911, by and by an act of the Parliament of Western Australia and began teaching students two years later UWA holds the title of the sixth-oldest university in Australia and was the only university in Western Australia until 1973. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a world top 100 university, ranking 85th in the world in the highly respected Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020 and 92nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020, ranks 132 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education, 2022, and 78 in Best Global Universities by US News and World Report, 2021. As of 2020, the university had more than 5,000 international student enrolments from across the world in a total student body of 18,717.
UWA offers an innovative course structure which allows students the flexibility to design courses to meet their needs and develop skills to increase their employment and education prospects. Additionally, UWA’s research centres are renowned to be world-class that attract the brightest minds, and the university also belongs to several more formal groupings, including the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities. Due to the university;s strong ties with industry and government, it also contributes to its local community as well as internationally, UWA is the founder of the Perth Festival (the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere), UWA is part of Perth’s dynamic cultural scene and its campus is home to numerous galleries, museums and theatre, and because of its age and reputation, UWA is classed one of the "sandstone universities", an informal designation given to the oldest university in each state. Being the 6th oldest research-lead university in the country, it is rated 5 star by Good University Guide for its teaching quality. Research institutes at UWA include Oceans Institute, Centre for Energy & Minerals, and the Centre for Software Practice.
The campus of the university is built over an area of 160 acres of land. It has extensive art collections and theatre venues to its wealth of sporting, cultural, alumni and social groups. The university features accommodation for the students within the premises. In addition, the campus comprises six main libraries, including the Reid library which is known to be the biggest library in Australia. The libraries have a huge collection of books and research papers.
The university, being one of the largest landowners in Perth, has as a result constantly expanded its infrastructure, thanks to government and private bequests, with recent developments including the $22 million University Club, opened in June 2005, and the UWA Watersports Complex, opened in August 2005. In September 2005 UWA opened its $64 million Molecular and Chemical Sciences building. In May 2008, a $31 million Business School building opened. In August 2014 a $9 million new CO2 research facility was completed, providing modern facilities for carbon research. The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, a $62 million research facility on campus, was completed in October 2016.
Some of UWA’s notable alumni include- Fiona Wood (Known as the Australian of the Year for 2005), Rod Eddington (Former CEO of Ansett Airlines), Stephen Smith (Former Labor Federal Minister), Cheryl Praeger (Scientist of the Year, 2009) and Tim Minchin (Australian comedian).
On the banks of the Swan River, just minutes from the city of Perth, sits our main campus. With additional facilities in Claremont and Nedlands, it’s home to more than 22,000 students and 3500 staff. Featuring cafés, libraries, sporting facilities, galleries, shops and many other dedicated student amenities, the Perth campus is more like a small town. Open courtyards and expansive green spaces make studying, catching up with friends and relaxing outdoors an invigorating experience. We provide an ideal learning environment, with modern teaching and research facilities, lecture and performance theatres, tutorial spaces, studios and laboratories.
Welcome to the Albany campus of The University of Western Australia, where you'll join others committed to recognising new possibilities to improve the lives of present and future generations. Situated in the picturesque Great Southern region of Western Australia, our campus offers unique learning and research opportunities. We look forward to welcoming you and supporting your education journey. At UWA Albany you'll equip yourself with the skills to identify and solve the challenges in our ever-changing world. Surrounded by a friendly, welcoming community, you'll build your knowledge and expertise to drive change and create innovative solutions.
In 1847 the General Board of Education was established to oversee school development in the Swan River Colony. After becoming the Central Board of Education, it was superseded by the Education Department in 1893, which classified schools, graded teachers, defined teachers' positions, implemented a salary scale for teachers, abolished school fees, provided for co-educational schools, and made attendance compulsory for children between the ages of six and 14. At this time, the Education Department had "external study" for student teachers, where they taught in the classroom while studying for examinations set by the Department. In 1902, the College was opened and students could gain qualifications through studying there. It was the only place one could do this until the 1950s when the Churchlands and Graylands colleges opened. The function of teacher education did not pass into the university sector until the 1980s. The College's last Director was Thomas Ryan (1924-2002), who completed his teacher training at the College and graduated in 1947. He was appointed Vice-Principal of the College in 1972, a position he held until his appointment as Director of the College in 1980. The campus served for 16 years as a campus of Edith Cowan University following that institution's formation in 1989. The campus was then acquired by the University of Western Australia and became home to the Confucius Institute, University of Western Australia Press and Taylors College.
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