Pictured above: Photograph Autonomy Day August 1967 courtesy of Mr Ross Smith.
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Over our history of more than 40 years, the University of Newcastle has been characterised as a university of distinction. Our reputation is shaped by internationally recognised strength in research and an enduring commitment to quality teaching and learning, environmental sustainability, and equity and diversity.
A determined campaign by Hunter residents was the driving force behind the creation of the University. In the early 1950s, Newcastle University College was established on a technical college site at Tighes Hill under the authority of the then University of Technology New South Wales (now the University of New South Wales). Just five full-time students were enrolled when classes began and study concentrated on science, mathematics and engineering.
Over the next 10 years, the growth in student numbers and the community's desire for a university to call its own led to the University becoming an autonomous institution. Today some 35,500 students are enrolled in programs across five faculties. Over 85 undergraduate programs are on offer and the range of postgraduate study options is continually growing.
The University has matured from a locally-focused institution to one that is global in its outlook. Our graduates are sought-after by employers at home and overseas. Working with communities locally and internationally, the University strives to achieve – creating opportunities, delivering results and raising the bar across every field.