University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong
University of Wollongong
Motto Excellence Innovation Diversity
Established 1975 as an independent institution. (Can be traced back to a Division established in 1951 of the New South Wales University of Technology)
Type Public
Endowment A$482m (2009) [1]
Chancellor Ms Jillian Broadbent AO
Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton
Academic staff 865 (FTE academic, 2009)
Admin. staff 900 (FTE general, 2009)
Undergraduates 16,762 (2009)
Postgraduates 8,454 (2009)
Location Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
34°24′24″S 150°52′46″E / 34.40667°S 150.87944°E / -34.40667; 150.87944
Campus Urban, Parks 82.4 ha

Blue, Gold & Red  

Affiliations ASAIHL
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The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a public university located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 80 kilometres south of Sydney. As of 2009, the university had a total of 26,008 students enrolled, including 10,459 international students.[2]



The University of Wollongong was founded in 1951 when a division of the then New South Wales University of Technology (re-named the University of New South Wales in 1958) was established in Wollongong. In 1962 the division became the Wollongong University College.[3]

On the 1st January 1975, the University of Wollongong was incorporated by the New South Wales Parliament as an independent institution of higher learning consisting of five faculties (Engineering, Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Sciences), with Professor Michael Birt as its inaugural Vice Chancellor. In 1976 Justice Robert Marsden Hope was installed as Chancellor of University.[4]

In 1977, the computer science faculty developed a version of Unix for the Interdata 7/32 called UNSW 01, this was the first non-PDP Unix.[5] In the late 70s, Tim Berners-Lee sourced TCP/IP software, an integral element of the World Wide Web, from the University of Wollongong.[6]

In 1981, Dr Ken McKinnon was appointed Vice Chancellor overseeing the amalgamation of the University with the Wollongong Institute of Education(also known as WIE) in 1982. The Wollongong Institute of Education had originated in 1971 as the Teachers College (renamed the Wollongong Institute of Education in 1973)[3] This merger formed the basis of the contemporary university.

In 1983, the Faculty of Commerce was established along with the School of Creative Arts, followed by the creation of the Faculty of Education in 1984. 1984 also saw the commencement of the new Wollongong University building program which led to the construction/opening of the Illawarra Technology Centre(1985), Kooloobong (1985, 1986, 1990), Weerona College (1986), Administration, Union Mall (now known as UniCentre), URAC(1987), multi-storey carpark(1990), and heated swimming pool(1990).[4]

In 2008, the University opened the first building at Wollongong Innovation Campus (also known as iC) on a 20-hectare site at Brandon Park in Wollongong.[7]

Overseas expansion

In 1993, UOW opened what was to become the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in the United Arab Emirates. Initially called the Institute of Australian Studies (IAS), this centre made UOW the first foreign university to open a campus in the UAE, and the first Australian tertiary institution represented in the Persian Gulf.[8] IAS initially offered English language programs, before becoming a 'feeder college' by 1995, where students completed part of a degree in Business or IT in Dubai before coming to Australia to complete their studies.[9] In 1999, it was the first foreign-owned institution in the world to be issued a licence from the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates,[10] and was formally opened as University of Wollongong, Dubai Campus in October 2000. It was officially incorporated as University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2004.[11][12] In 2011 UOW extended its campus at INTI International College, Subang Jaya.


The science buildings at the Wollongong campus.

The University comprises eight locations:[13]


  • Wollongong Campus
  • Shoalhaven Campus, West Nowra

Education Centres

  • Batemans Bay Education Centre
  • Bega Education Centre
  • Loftus Education Centre
  • Moss Vale Education Centre
    • The Moss Vale Education centre opened a new building designed by Australian architect Glenn Murcutt in May 2007[14]

Other locations

The University name is also shared by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), Dubai Knowledge Village, United Arab Emirates.


The McKinnon building at the Wollongong campus, named after former Vice-Chancellor Ken McKinnon.

The University has nine faculties: Arts; Commerce; Creative Arts; Education; Engineering; Health & Behavioural Sciences; Informatics; Law; and Science. Additionally the University operates two independent schools: Sydney Business School; and Graduate School of Medicine.


The Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association produces the magazine Tertangala, and many other services including representation, advocacy and student support. Postgraduate representation is provided by the Wollongong University Postgraduate Association, a member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Wollongong UniCentre, an on-campus organisation and controlled entity of the University, provides the social and commercial infrastructure on the campus, administering the UniBar, student clubs and interest groups, food outlets, entertainment and activities, a books and news shop and other student services.

The geographical and social centre of the University is the Duck Pond Lawn, and its surrounding eateries and other facilities, including the UniBar. The UniBar serves alcoholic drinks and a small range of lunch foods. The UniBar building was opened by Colin Markham MP, Simon Zulian Student Rep, Nigel Pennington UniCentre GM and Gerard Sutton VC on 14 May 2001. The UniBar has since won numerous awards including the Major Award and the Public Building Award of the Architectural Design Awards held in Wollongong in 2003, the "ACUMA" award for Best New Campus Facility and the Master Builders Award for Excellence in Construction by Camarda and Cantril.[15]


Campus News

Campus News is the University's official quarterly publication.

Twice a year, in July and December, an Alumni issue of the magazine is produced and sent out to almost 100,000 graduates around the world - either in print or online. Campus News was first published when the University was established as an institution in its own right - in 1975. It started life as a weekly magazine on April 2 1975 but moved to less regular publication dates in 1976.

The magazine features news and announcements about the University, stories about graduates, research news, opinion pieces and awards and achievements. It is put together by the University's Media Unit.


WUSA produces the campus magazine, Tertangala. Tertangala has a 45 year history, making it older than the University of Wollongong itself. It began in 1962, when the University was an external campus of the University of New South Wales.

The magazine features student investigative and feature articles, news, artwork, opinion, film and music reviews, as well as interviews and editorials. Submissions from staff and students (including student association representatives) makes up the bulk of the magazines content, however submissions from other members of the community are also accepted.

Tertangala is produced 8 times a year.


TIDE is an annual literary compilation edited and published by third-year creative writing students. It features prose, poetry and artworks from students and community members and was first published May 2004.

Paper, Rock

Paper, Rock is a magazine created by the School of Journalism and Creative Writing at UOW. It incorporates features, sections on arts and entertainment, stories about university life, fashion, food and wine. It was first published in August 2007.

Rhizome Magazine

Rhizome Magazine is the magazine for postgraduate and research students at UOW. It features submissions from current postgraduate students at UOW, in many cases on the topic of the students' own research. It is produced by the Wollongong University Postgraduate Association (WUPA).

Residential colleges

The university has a number of residential college and halls of residence:


UOW is a prominent member of the Apple University Consortium (AUC) hosting the AUC Australian website found at or

Awards and recognition

The Good Universities Guide, an annual assessment of Australian universities that is published by Hobsons (a subsidiary of Daily Mail and General Trust plc.), named UOW the Australian University of the Year in 1999-2000 (joint winner) for "Outstanding Research and Development Partnerships" and again in 2000-2001 (joint winner) for "Preparing Graduates for the E-World". Additionally the university has scored a five out of five star rating every year since 1999 on 'Getting a Job', 'Positive Graduate Outcomes'.[16]

According to the QS World University Rankings 2010, UOW was placed 267th worldwide, ranking highest in Engineering & IT which placed equal 192nd worldwide.[17]

Notable alumni and current staff

See also


  1. ^ UOW Annual Report 2009 - Finance p66 [PDF] [1], Retrieved on 2010-10-11
  2. ^ "Figures sourced from the University of Wollongong Key Statistics webpage.". Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  3. ^ a b Castle wrote a history of the university from 1951 to 1991.Castle 1991
  4. ^ a b "History of the University of Wollongong". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Interdata 7/32 Sixth Edition Unix Port". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  6. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (1999, pp.21-22) Weaving the Web, The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor Great Britain: Orion Publishing Group
  7. ^ "About iC - Innovation Campus". Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  8. ^ 'Institutions look to Gulf market' p.30 Australian Financial Review 6 July 1993
  9. ^ 'Wollongong's Arabian outpost' Campus Review 6 October 1999
  10. ^ 'Wollongong gets go-ahead for Dubai Campus' p.37 The Australian 2 February 2000
  11. ^ "Case Study - Location of UOWD". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  12. ^ 'Uni's Dubai Campus Open For Business' The Illawarra Mercury 10 October 2000
  13. ^ "University of Wollongong - About Our Campuses". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  14. ^ "'Moss Vale Education Centre building officially opened'". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  15. ^ UOW News "The UniBar building, designed by Brewster Hjorth Architects, received not only the Major Award but also an award in the public buildings category" Retrieved on 2009-06-28..
  16. ^ "UOW Awards and Achievements.". Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  17. ^ "University of Wollongong - Top Universities Ranking". Retrieved 2010-10-12. 

Further reading

  • ^ Castle, Josie (1991). University of Wollongong: an illustrated history 1951-1991. Australia: University of Wollongong Press. ISBN 0-864181-79-5. 

External links

Coordinates: 34°24′22.20″S 150°52′46.33″E / 34.406167°S 150.8795361°E / -34.406167; 150.8795361

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