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University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian state of Western Australia.

UWA was established in 1911 by an act of the Parliament of Western Australia, and began teaching students two years later.[2] It is the sixth-oldest university in Australia, and was Western Australia's only university until the establishment of Murdoch University in 1973. Because of its age and reputation, UWA is classed one of the "sandstone universities", an informal designation given to the oldest university in each state.

The university also belongs to several more formal groupings, including the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities. In recent years, UWA has generally been ranked either in the bottom half or just outside the world's top 100 universities, depending on the system used.

Motto "Seek wisdom"
Type Public research university
Established 1911
Chancellor Robert French[1]
Vice-Chancellor Dawn Freshwater
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 19,839
Postgraduates 5,967
Western Australia.
Affiliations Go8, ASAIHL, WUN, MNU


The university was established in 1911 following the tabling of proposals by a royal commission in September 1910. The original campus, which received its first students in March 1913, was located on Irwin Street in the centre of Perth, and consisted of several buildings situated between Hay Street and St Georges Terrace. Irwin Street was also known as "Tin Pan Alley" as many buildings featured corrugated iron roofs. These buildings served as the university campus until 1932, when the campus relocated to its present-day site in Crawley.

The founding chancellor, Sir John Winthrop Hackett, died in 1916, and bequeathed property which, after being carefully managed for ten years, yielded £425,000 to the university, a far larger sum than expected. This allowed the construction of the main buildings. Many buildings and landmarks within the university bear his name, including Winthrop Hall and Hackett Hall. In addition, his bequest funded many scholarships, because he did not wish eager students to be deterred from studying because they could not afford to do so.

World Rankings

Historical Data Score Rank
World University Rankings2018 65.2 =93
World University Rankings2017 62.7 =102
World University Rankings2016 69.4 98
World University Rankings2015 72.6 89
  • UWA is ranked as the 91st best university in the world in the QS World University Rankings® 2019.
  • Links with employers and universities across the world
  • Home to more than 5,000 international students, representing more than 100 countries, UWA is internationally recognised as a leader in research and higher education, as highlighted in the QS rankings.

Available University Degree Programs:

Architecture Programmes

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design (Landscape Architecture or Architecture)
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture

Business Programmes

  • Bachelor of Commerce

Computing Programmes

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Cyber Security)
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