About UOW

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor

UOW is young, dynamic and innovative, and has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities.

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This is who we are

UOW was founded on the donations of local people with a vision of a brighter future for our region. Since then, we’ve become one of the world’s best modern universities, working with industry, research partners, governments, and communities, to address society’s critical economic, environmental, social and medical challenges. Our researchers, graduates and teachers inspire a better future through education, research and partnership. And they are recognised as some of the best in the world.

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“Now more than ever, it is our responsibility to continue to use our knowledge and influence for the betterment of society, to be fearless in pursuit of our purpose.” 
Professor Patricia M. Davidson, UOW Vice-Chancellor and Principal. 

UOW was founded on the donations of local people with a vision for a better future for our region. 

Today, we’re one of the world’s best modern universities. 

Our home is Wollongong. 

Locally, our network of campuses is spread across the NSW East Coast. 

Internationally, we teach in some of the world’s most vibrant cities. 

Our people are inspiring a better future through education, research and partnership: 

34,044 students,  

2,444 staff,  

176, 379 graduates from 199 countries,  

$1.4 billion contributed to the national economy each year. 

We have over 270 academic and research collaborations globally. 

Our partnerships with institutions in 50 countries allow students to build lifelong networks, enriching their experience. 

We’re improving the health of our region,  

and working to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges. 

Our award-winning Innovation Campus brings research and industry together, driving change through collaboration. 

We’re transforming our curriculum to ensure our graduates are future-ready. 

Our researchers, graduates and teachers are recognised as some of the best in the world. 

  • Top 20 - 14th best modern university in the world (QS top 50 under 50 rankings 2021).  
  • Top 200 in the world - for the quality of our graduates (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). 

Our fearless character fuels our global research impact: 

  • We’re tackling superbugs at a molecular level; 
  • Leading a revolution in sustainable energy storage; 
  • Working with island communities to ensure fish for life; 
  • Developing groundbreaking ways to treat illness without drugs; 
  • Filling the gaps in the human evolution puzzle; 
  • Creating better futures for all children. 

Stand for Purpose 
University of Wollongong 


Top 150

UOW ranked 143rd in the world for graduate employment rates, at 85.6 per cent.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

Top 20

Among the world's best modern universities ranked 16th.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2024
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Our capabilities

From biomaterials to mental wellbeing, UOW has a broad range of capabilities in research and teaching.

Learn about our capabilities
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Locations, campuses and partners

Since establishing our university campus in Wollongong in 1975, we have expanded our teaching locations to a network of 10 UOW campuses and a number of global partners.