From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Caroline McMillen

Vice-Chancellor and President

The University of Newcastle (UON) holds a global reputation for delivering excellence in education, research and innovation. Internationally, we rank in the top three per cent of universities in the world, and the latest Times Higher Education rankings of the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 ranks UON number 1 in Australia and 28th globally.

UON is in the top 10 research universities in Australia. As a research-intensive university, we partner with government and industry across priority areas to work on some of the world’s most complex challenges including in health, energy and science. Our strong performance in research and innovation is supported by a multi-disciplinary approach characterised through the work of our flagship research institutes – the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

UON offers a first-rate education that prepares graduates to be competitive in the workplace and we engage students for the world of work in exciting and challenging ways. Approximately 90 per cent of our undergraduate programs include the opportunity for a work integrated learning component, which means that students can study and learn ‘on the job’ in a professional environment. Our students rated the University in the top 10 in Australia for teaching and overall satisfaction in the recent Australian Graduate Survey; and 75% of our graduates find a full-time job within four months of completing their bachelor degree.

Central to our University’s mission is that equity and excellence are mutually inclusive. We enrol among the highest proportion of students from a low socio economic background in the sector and our enrolment of Indigenous students is almost double the sector average.

With our staff, students, partners and communities we are working to realise our vision to deliver world-class education, research and innovation that supports the development of strong regional communities; and our NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-2015 sets out ambitious strategies to build UON’s global performance, reputation and leadership.

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