The University of Wollongong (UOW) is an Australian public research university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney. Although its origins can be traced back to 1951, when a branch of the New South Wales University of Technology was established in Wollongong, ten years later it became the Wollongong College of the University of New South Wales, the university was given independent status only in 1975 thus becoming the University of Wollongong. Initially it offered technical education for metallurgists and engineers but now offers a wide variety of courses. Since its establishment, the university has conferred more than 120,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Its students, originally predominantly from the local Illawarra region, are now from over 140 countries, with international students accounting for more than 30 percent of total. As of 2017, the university had an enrolment of more than 32,000 students, including over 12,800 international students from 134 countries, an alumni base of more than 131,859 and over 2,400 staff members.
In the 2019 Student Experience Survey, the University of Wollongong recorded the highest student satisfaction rating out of all Australian universities, and the second highest student satisfaction rating out of all New South Wales public universities, with an overall satisfaction rating of 81. The University of Wollongong is ranked among the best 20 modern universities in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2019. It is ranked 171-180th in the world by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Ranking for the quality of its graduates. UOW also ranked 42nd in Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019.
UOW has now become a multi-campus institution, both domestically and internationally, with its main campus which covers an area of 82.4 hectares with 94 permanent buildings, in the coastal city of Wollongong and regional campuses in Bega, Batemans Bay, Moss Vale and Shoalhaven, as well as three Sydney campuses, including the UOW Sydney Business School, the South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool and Southern Sydney campus in Loftus. Overseas, the university has a presence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The main campus of the university has research and teaching facilities along with conference facilities, student residences, a library, gymnasium, retail outlets, indoor sports centres and several others for a complete experience.
The University's Innovation Campus is home to the iAccelerate Centre, an innovation accelerator housing over 280 start-up entrepreneurs. The University of Wollongong has four faculties-
Some notable alumni, among many of UOW are- Nashville actor Clare Bowen, rugby league player Ben Creagh, NSW State Member for Campbelltown - Bryan Doyle MP and Big 4 auditor George McHugh, member of Australian Parliament - Stephen Jones, Former Australian Chief of Defence Force - David Hurley and Mayor of Campbelltown City Council - Clinton Mead, Glenn Barkley - director of Museum of Contemporary Art, poet - Michael Byrne, playwright - Bill Neskovski and performance artist - Nat Randall.
The Batemans Bay campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment with a high standard of academic excellence. We combine an intimate student-centred atmosphere with leading-edge technology that provides interactive access to other UOW campuses.
The Bega campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment with a high standard of academic excellence. We combine an intimate student-centred atmosphere with leading-edge technology that provides interactive access to other UOW campuses.
The Southern Sydney campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment, with a high standard of academic excellence and an intimate, student-centred atmosphere. Students enrolled at UOW Southern Sydney can study with an internationally recognised institution without leaving their local area.
The Southern Highlands campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment with a high standard of academic excellence. We combine an intimate student-centred atmosphere with leading-edge technology that provides interactive access to other UOW campuses.
The Shoalhaven campus has developed a reputation as a cooperative learning environment with a high standard of academic excellence. We combine an intimate student-centred atmosphere with leading-edge technology that provides interactive access to other UOW campuses.
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