The year in review

Looking back at the top UOW moments of 2023

As the sun sets on another eventful year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the significant milestones that have shaped its journey throughout 2023.

From campus anniversaries to ground-breaking achievements, the year has been marked by a series of celebrations, reunions, and noteworthy events that showcase the university's commitment to academic excellence, community collaboration, and innovation.

Hats off to our new graduates

The January, April and October graduations in Wollongong and the South Coast were an opportunity to welcome new graduates into the alumni community. Our honorary awards also highlighted individuals recognized for their immense contributions to the university and the broader community, including Aunty Joyce Donovan, beloved Elder and social justice advocate.

A group of UOW graduates throwing their hats in the air

A platform for empowerment

UOW continued to champion diversity and empowerment with the Entrepreneurial Women's Breakfasts at iAccelerate. The events held in April and September provided a platform for women to share their experiences, insights, and successes, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and leadership.

A group of five women are standing in front of a UOW and iAcclerate media wall

Two decades, one fast ride

In July, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) celebrated UOW Motorsport's momentous 20th anniversary and a heart-warming reunion to mark the historic championship victory of 2003. The team's journey over the past two decades has been a testament to innovation, teamwork, and a passion for motorsports.

A group of men are crowded around a small motorsport car

Dubai campus marks 30 years

UOW Dubai reached a significant milestone, celebrating 30 years of academic achievement in the vibrant city. The campus has been a beacon of education and innovation in the Middle East, contributing to the global reputation of the University of Wollongong.

A group of students are walking out of a large building at UOW Dubai

UOW sets foot in India

In September, we witnessed a historic moment as UOW extended its global reach by establishing a campus in India. The inauguration in GIFT City was accompanied by an identity unveiling ceremony featuring UOW Ambassador and cricketing legend, Adam Gilchrist.

A group of people in front of a UOW media wall

Leadership and talent shine

Exceptional graduates were honoured at the UOW Alumni Awards, where leadership, creativity and social impact were celebrated. The stories of alumni making a difference in their fields and communities serve as an inspiration to current and future generations.

A group of people standing in front of a UOW wall

Yours and Owls takes centre stage

The good vibes kept coming in October as the Yours and Owls Festival found a new home on the Wollongong campus. The festival brought together artists, students, and the local community in a celebration of culture and diversity.

A birds-eye-view of thousands of people at UOW for Yours and Owls festival

Sutherland Campus turns 20

At a special celebration in November, the UOW Sutherland proudly commemorated its 20th anniversary, reflecting on a history of fostering academic excellence and community collaboration. The campus has played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape in the region and we are so excited for the next two decades.

A group of people standing in front of a white UOW media wall

A celebration of innovation and expression

UOW celebrated four decades of nurturing creativity and artistic expression, marking the anniversary of 40 Years of Creative Arts. The university's commitment to fostering artistic talent was showcased through various events and exhibitions, highlighting the impact of the creative arts on the UOW community.

A panel is sitting in front of a white media wall. The woman on the far right is speaking into a handheld microphone.

Looking to the future

As 2023 draws to a close, UOW proudly raises the flag, signalling the countdown to its 50th anniversary in 2025. The university looks forward to continuing its legacy of excellence, innovation, and community impact in the years to come.