University of Sydney

University of Sydney

Australia's first university: The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, is Australia's first university, and has an international reputation for outstanding teaching, as a centre of research excellence and as an active and engaged community leader.

  • Global reputation
  • International networks
  • Commitment to quality
  • Community links

Global reputation: The University of Sydney continues to rise in global rankings, confirming its place within the top 40 universities in the world.

  • The University's humanities teaching and research was ranked fifth best in the world in the UK's Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Rankings published in October 2006.
  • The University as a whole was ranked 35th in the world in the same league table.
  • In the Newsweek global 100 for 2006, the University of Sydney was one of two Australian universities placed in the top 50 in the world.

International networks: As one of Australia's leading universities, the University of Sydney is a key member of:

  • the Group of Eight – representing Australia's leading research-intensive universities
  • Academic Consortium 21 (AC21) – an international network of educational, research and industrial organisations in Asia, the United States and Europe
  • the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) – Sydney is one of three Australian institutions in this group of prestigious universities drawn from Asia, the United States and South America, and
  • the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) – an international alliance of 16 leading research universities.

A commitment to quality: The University of Sydney measures its organisational performance by benchmarking against world class peers and industry. Key benchmarking activities include:

  • benchmarking of student data with Oxford, Queensland and Melbourne Universities
  • the provision of expert advice to parallel programs at UCL, Edinburgh and Hong Kong Universities, and
  • ICT policy development in collaboration with the Open University.

The benefits from such benchmarking activities are clear. The Learning Community Scale was developed in conjunction with Oxford University. The development of the MEd (Higher Education) program was a result of benchmarking with Edinburgh University.

Professional accreditation is another way the University's professional faculties benchmark themselves and the quality of their programs. The University has relationships with 41 accrediting bodies, including six international bodies.

Service, leadership and the community: The University is committed to the communities to which it belongs internationally, nationally and locally. Numerous community links have been forged by academic and research disciplines as well as dedicated units such as the Koori Centre and Yooroang Garang, which work closely with Indigenous communities.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney College of the Arts, the University Museums and the Seymour Theatre Centre open the University's cultural life to the community. In 2006, around 50,000 people visited the University's outstanding Museums; a further 22,000 attended Conservatorium performances and 170,000 went to performances and public lectures at the Seymour Centre. A further 21,000 people participate each year in community education courses offered by the Centre for Continuing Education.

Many student organisations, such as the debating club and drama society, have long traditions of enriching student life and providing a springboard for future careers. High profile Australians such as former Prime Minister John Howard, Justice Michael Kirby and radio presenter Adam Spencer have been University of Sydney debaters.

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