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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, 2021), ranked in the world's top 20 young universities by the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings (2020), and ranked number one in the ACT for full-time employment and starting salary for undergraduate and postgraduate students, three years in a row, in the Good Universities Guide (2021). 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 nd 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.
The new program sees researchers from the University of Canberra joining forces with comedy personality Magda Szubanski and Internet sensation Will ‘Egg Boy’ Connolly to help bushfire-affected communities recover.
Social Policy and Administration, Nursing, Medicine, and Communications and Media are some of the University of Canberra subjects that are newly-included in the 2021 QS World Rankings.
Seventeen University of Canberra community members across a variety of industries received recognition at the 2021 Australia Day Honours List.