Our reputation & experience

At the University of ý we are proud to be a globally recognised and respected university, opening doors for our students, staff and partners.

UOW was founded on the donations of local people who had a vision of a brighter future for our region. Since then, we have acted in partnership with our communities to not only make an impact in the Illawarra, but to address society’s critical economic, environmental, social and medical challenges.

Our ambition for our graduates is that they will be ethical, agile thinkers who are competitive in a global economy. And that their experiences at UOW will shape their sense of self as well as their future career.

Top 1%

of the world's universities


Top 20

16th best young university in the world


Top 200

UOW is consistently ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for the quality of our graduates.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022
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Student outcomes

UOW graduates are well respected and are consistently ranked among the top one percent in the world by employers. We pride ourselves on preparing people for emerging industries and future jobs, people who are ready to succeed, and take their careers to the next level to make a positive contribution to their communities.


of UOW graduates secured full-time employment within four months of completing their course.

Employer Satisfaction Survey Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2024

5+ stars

UOW is globally rated a 5+ star university

QS Stars Rating System 2023
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Research with purpose

The University of ý has consistently delivered research of outstanding quality and impact. The dissemination of our research to user communities, including industry, is one of UOW’s key goals and we have a strong reputation for our engagement with industry.

Top 1%

UOW ranks 162nd among the world's universities.

QS World University Rankings 2024
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Global reach

At UOW we understand that to truly make a difference to the world, our research needs to be conducted with a global perspective.

We have formal agreements with more than 400 overseas institutions, covering research collaboration, student and staff exchange, study abroad and program delivery.

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Key statistics


students enrolled


UOW alumni


Of UOW disciplines rated at, above or well above world standard


degrees on offer


Nationalities represented by the UOW community


Distinguished professors

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Our history

Trace our history from 1951 when UOW was a division of the then New South Wales University of Technology, to our independence in 1975, to present day.

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