The UOW Timeline
The University of Wollongong’s interactive timeline allows everyone in the UOW community to be part of building a collaborative history of our University. Click on a thumbnail to learn more about each topic or add a comment. If you know of any events, images or people that you think should be part of the timeline, please contact us to contribute.
The University of Wollongong traces its origins to 1951 when a Division of the then New South Wales University of Technology was established in Wollongong.
Ten years later the Division became the Wollongong College of the University of New South Wales and, in 1975, the University of Wollongong was incorporated by the Parliament of New South Wales as an independent institution. In 1982, the University amalgamated with the Wollongong Institute of Higher Education, which had begun life in 1962 as the Wollongong Teachers' College. The merger sparked a period of rapid growth for the University, and the emergence of a distinctive identity based on a personalised style and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.
Originally established as a provider of technical education for engineers and metallurgists required for the region's steel industry, the University now offers a wide range of courses across five faculties: Law, Humanities and the Arts; Social Sciences; Science, Medicine and Health; Engineering and Information Sciences; and Business.
Since its foundation, the University has awarded more than 120,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates. Its student population, originally drawn predominantly from the local Illawarra region, is now comprised of students from over 140 nationalities with international students accounting for more than 30 percent of total enrolments. The University has also increased the reach of its offerings, establishing the University of Wollongong in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 1993, and UOW Shoalhaven in Nowra on the New South Wales South Coast in 2000. In addition, there are UOW campuses in Bega, Batemans Bay, the Southern Highlands and Southern Sydney, as well as the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong located in the heart on Sydney. The University also offers courses in conjunction with partner institutions in a number of offshore locations including Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
The first building established on the Wollongong Innovation Campus, iC Central, was opened by then NSW Premier Morris Iemma in 2008. Innovation Campus (iC) is a 33 hectare research and commercial precinct in North Wollongong. Designed to drive partnerships and collaboration between the research and business communities, iC offers space where commercial and research organisations can work together in contemporary facilities. The first sod was turned on the $20 million iAccelerate building in 2014, which when complete, will offer space for up to 200 budding entrepreneurs to develop their ideas.