About UC

Get to know the University of Canberra

Dynamic and vibrant, the University of Canberra (UC) is embedded deep in the soul of Canberra, the Australian capital. Canberra is a place where ideas are born, creativity is explored and opportunity is created.

Our home in Canberra and connection with our neighbouring communities shapes our purpose as a university. Whether it’s fostering innovation, meeting health-care needs, solving environmental challenges or equipping our future leaders, our University is an embodiment of our distinctive city. Canberra is a wonderful place to live, study and work – a safe, connected, multicultural city which boasts great scenery, excellent entertainment and sports venues, a buzzing food scene and a glittering galaxy of cultural institutions.

UC is a university for the professions, dedicated to providing immersive student experiences focussed on employability outcomes. We have been recognised as the fastest rising university in Australia and one of the fastest in the world (QS, 2022), have risen to 16th in the Times Higher Education Young University World Rankings (2021), and ranked number one in the ACT for full-time employment and starting salary for undergraduate and postgraduate students, four years in a row, in the Good Universities Guide (2022). Furthermore, UC is named number one in the world for our activities aimed at reducing inequalities in the Times Higher Education(THE) Impact Rankings. These are remarkable achievements for a university only celebrating our 30th anniversary this year.

This success is in part due to our two-pronged focus, encompassing progressive teaching and learning, as well as strong ties to industry. The latter means that students enjoy real-world work experience, internships and clinical placements meaning UC students get a taste for their future careers, even before graduation.

The university is also devoted to trail-blazing innovation and research with practical impact, and home to leading research institutes like the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA).

There are five faculties at UC, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) options. The faculties include

As new developments continue to expand the campus one thing the University has maintained over its 30 years is its indomitable, distinctive character. Our location in Australia’s capital city has shaped the University as progressive and dynamic – dedicated to public service and building a sustainable and prosperous future. As a hub of learning, practical courses, innovative research and new opportunities, it will always be the University in, of and for Canberra

Our mission

As a university anchored in Australia’s capital, we work with government, business and industry to serve our communities and nation, and to be the capital’s educational window to the world. From this vantage point, we challenge the status quo in a relentless pursuit of original and better ways to teach, learn, research and add value – locally and internationally.

Our vision

Our long-standing excellence in mission-oriented research will be fostered and, together with a renewed emphasis on entrepreneurship, will be woven inextricably into the University’s educational experience.

Through a transformative campus development plan, the University will evolve into a distinctive community for lifelong learning, and serve as a beacon of sustainable, smart and connected living.

We will lead the sector nationally in equity, diversity, inclusion and access.


Recent news

  1. UC to host National eDNA Reference Centre on campus

    The University of Canberra will establish a National eDNA Reference Centre on campus and provide a number of supporting services to the Australian Government’s National Environment DNA (eDNA) Testing Program in a new partnership agreement.

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  2. CANCELLED: UC Capitals Game 2 - Sunday 12 December

    The WNBL has announced that the UC Capitals' second season game has been cancelled, due to a positive COVID-19 case within the playing group.

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  3. UC to lead vital wellbeing projects in Canberra after securing grants of over $650,000

    Three projects have been greenlit under the ACT Government’s Research and Innovation Fund – they will see University of Canberra researchers help more than 160 Canberra residents living with serious illnesses.

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  4. 2021/22 season kicks off for UC Capitals

    The University of Canberra Capitals will start their 2021/22 season on 5 December, following a hub season in Queensland and a semi-final loss last year.

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