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 ranked in the top one per cent of young universities worldwide (THE YUR 2022), placed number one in the world for reducing inequalities for two consecutive years (THE Impact Rankings 2021, 2022), and ranked number one in the ACT for full-time employment and teaching quality (GUG 2022). These are remarkable achievements for a university only recently celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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 Chancellor, Tom Calma named 2023 Senior Australian of the Year

    University of Canberra Chancellor says it is humbling to be recognised, with the honour marking a busy year ahead for his Indigenous advocacy work.

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  2. No excuse not to: UC hosts Canberra's first carbon-neutral conference

    The University of Canberra this week hosted Canberra's first Climate Active carbon-neutral conference.

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  3. UC scholarship recipients to travel to Indo-Pacific in 2023

    Four University of Canberra students will travel to host countries in the Indo-Pacific next year as the result of receiving the New Colombo Plan scholarships for 2023.

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  4. UC’s new Bachelor of Science combines flexibility and a strong science core to address skills shortages and increase employment opportunities

    Available from Semester One 2023, the new course will also allow University of Canberra students to self-curate a program of study, explore areas of interest and develop transferable skills.

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