University of New South Wales

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Year of foundation: 1949
Approx. number of students: 45,000
Period of study: End February-End June; Mid July-Mid November; End November-End January (Summer Term)
MCI partner since: 2010

The City

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.4 million. Its inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, and Sydney is often called "the Harbor City". It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.

The site of the first British colony in Australia, Sydney was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, commodore of the First Fleet. The city is built on hills surrounding Sydney Harbour - an inlet of the Tasman Sea on Australia's south-east coast. It is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge and its beaches. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.

The city is home to many prominent parks, such as Hyde Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and national parks. This is a major factor, along with Sydney Harbor that has led to the city's reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world.

The University

The University of New South Wales, also known as UNSW or colloquially as New South, is situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney. It is recognized as one of Australia's leading teaching and research institutions, and has developed a strong reputation in a number of fields, including renewable/alternative energy, quantum computing and nanotechnology, taxation reform, information and communication technology, digital media, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, bio-medical engineering, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS research, and social justice and social policy research.

The University is a member of Australia's "Group of Eight" lobby group, and is also a founding member of Universitas 21, an international network of leading research-intensive universities.

In 2008, UNSW received the maximum five-star rating for nine key performance indicators, well above any other Group Eight University, in the 2008 Good Universities Guide. In total points across all categories, UNSW was the national leader, outrating all other universities. It achieved a top score for student demand, graduate starting salaries, research grants, research intensivity, student-staff ratios, cultural diversity, gender balance, and international enrolments. The University was ranked 45th on the 2008 Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings, ranking fifth among Australian universities.