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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), we are 17th in the Times Higher Education Young University World Rankings (2022), 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 has been placed number one in the world for reducing inequalities for two consecutive years by 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
- Faculty of Arts and Design
- Faculty of Business, Government and Law, and
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Health
- Faculty of Science and Technology
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
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 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.
Elite Athlete at the University of Canberra Penny Slater is preparing for the world's toughest triathlon.
Measure It! UC researcher receives grant worth over half a million, in order to improve physical activity in heart patients
Associate Professor Dr Nicole Freene will investigate if a simple, innovative intervention can get cardiac rehab patients to be more physically active – and reduce the chance of another heart attack.
A collection of books written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children - titled Our Yarning - was brought to the University of Canberra this week.
UC opens a free student-led Tax Clinic providing tax services to taxpayers unable to afford or access tax advice and support
The University of Canberra Tax Clinic provides a hands-on learning experience for its business and law students who advise and support clients in a real-life setting under the supervision of a registered tax agent