Introductory section of the 2013 Annual Report of the University of Newcastle, Australia. Includes key statistics and rankings.

Introduction and our organisation

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, we have a reputation as a global institution making an impact and creating benefits for our own region, throughout Australia and across the world. The Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings place us in the top three per cent of universities globally, and both the Times Higher Education and QS list us in the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50. 

We lead the sector in providing more opportunities for people with the motivation and commitment to enter and succeed in higher education, regardless of background. The success of our various enabling programs can be seen in our lower socio-economic status and Indigenous participation rates which continue to trend significantly above the historical rates for the tertiary education sector. 

We believe that equity and excellence are mutually inclusive and we attract the world's best because of our commitment to quality and innovation. Our research is groundbreaking and diverse and our researchers are in the top one per cent of their fields internationally. We make important contributions to the knowledge and understanding of issues of global significance and we rank in the top ten universities in Australia for research. 

Our excellence is also translated into our teaching with internationally recognised degree programs and a national reputation for Work Integrated Learning. We have an emerging excellence in the online teaching environment, and have the capacity and capability to deliver a next-generation university experience. Our students are preparing to make a difference to the world.

click to read the introduction of the 2013 annual report