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University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence.

The University of Newcastle is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Our degree programs are internationally recognised. Our research is world-class and diverse and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. UON is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Demonstrating our commitment to relevant teaching is our approach to problem-based learning, first pioneered by us some 25 years ago, which underpins our degree programs in medicine, engineering, architecture, nursing, social work and law. Our NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025 focuses on delivering accessible, high quality programs through innovative models. With an emphasis on good teaching and an outstanding student experience, we will continue to produce globally competitive graduates and maintain our place among the best in Australia for teaching and learning.

Motto "I look ahead"
Type Public
  • 1951 as a college of the University of New South Wales
  • 1965 as University of Newcastle[1]
Chancellor Paul Jeans[2]
Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen
Visitor Governor of New South Wales
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 39,131
Undergraduates 24,445
Postgraduates 8,150
Location NewcastleNew South WalesAustralia
32°53′34″S151°42′16″ECoordinates: 32°53′34″S 151°42′16″E
Campus Urban
Affiliations Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Association of Commonwealth Universities


The earliest origins of the present-day University of Newcastle can be traced to the Newcastle Teachers College (established 1949) and Newcastle University College (NUC, established 1951). NUC was created as an offshoot of the New South Wales University of Technology (now known as the University of New South Wales) and was co-located with the Newcastle Technical College at Tighes Hill. At the time of its establishment, NUC had just five full-time students and study was restricted to engineering, mathematics and science.

World Rankings

SUBJECT AREA 2018 Indicator Rankings
Global score 52.7
Global research reputation #259
Regional research reputation #22
Publications #374
  • The largest number of our graduates reside across New South Wales with over 12,000 graduates in Sydney and over 50,000 across the Hunter.
  • The University has established a campus presence in the heart of Sydney, and alumni are welcome to visit our facilities in the Sydney CBD.
  • For more information and opportunities to get involved with your UON alumni network read about our Hunter and Sydney Networks.

More About the University

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Newcastle residents campaigned for NUC to be re-constituted as a university in its own right. The campaign was ultimately successful, with the University of Newcastle being established as an autonomous institution on 1 January 1965 by gubernatorial proclamation under the University of Newcastle Act 1964 (NSW). The new university was granted a heraldic coat of arms by the College of Arms in London, an event seen by many in the community as signifying the new institution's independence. In 1966, the University relocated from Tighes Hill to a largely undeveloped bushland site in Shortland.

As enrolments grew, the University embarked on a major building program and redeveloped the Shortland site into the Callaghan campus, named for Sir Bede Callaghan, foundation member of the University council and chancellor from 1977 to 1988.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
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