University of Newcastle

301–350 th
World University Rankings 2019
30 th
Young University Rankings 2015
University Drive, Callaghan, New South Wales, NSW 2308, Australia

Now, more than ever, the world needs new. New thinking and new ideas will deliver the new approaches required to address the world's great challenges. At the University of Newcastle, Australia, we empower our students and researchers to bring new to the world.

Established as an independent university in 1965, the University of Newcastle is defined by our commitment to equity, performance in innovation and our global impact. We are ranked in the Top 300 Universities in the World by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.


Our world-class research and strong national and international partnerships drives the kind of innovation and discovery that challenges conventional thinking. Our research breaks new ground and changes lives.

The significance of our research is reflected in the Australian Government's Excellence in Research Australia assessment, which awarded the University the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, placing us in the top eight Australian universities for research quality well above world standard.

Our flagship research institutes, the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) enable the University of Newcastle to focus on cross-disciplinary research that will deliver real-world impact.


At the University of Newcastle, we build degrees that promote global learning opportunities, facilitate specialised work placements and encourage entrepreneurial approaches to study.

We aim to shape graduates who are more than degree-qualified: our Work Integrated Learning programs have forged strong partnerships with leading locals and global organisations to provide our students with challenging and inspiring opportunities to acquire practical workplace skills.

Students can choose to participate in our Innovation, Start-ups and Entrepreneurship course, or bring big ideas into reality with our Innovation Hubs or Student Enterprise Club.

Our teaching and research staff provide inspirational leadership along the way. They are distinguished by their willingness to alter the status quo, take on new challenges and embrace a dynamic and collaborative way of teaching and learning.


The University of Newcastle provides state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities, including the $95 million New Space facility, which opened to students in 2017. All our facilities offer innovative approaches to education at all of our locations - Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle CBD, Central Coast, Sydney, Port Macquarie and Singapore. With over 40,000 students, the University's learning community is vibrant and dynamic, offering students and researchers a world-class academic experience and a diverse professional, cultural and social learning environment.

With state-of-the-art facilities – including the $95 million NeW Space facility – the University of Newcastle harnesses the latest technologies and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver an exceptional academic experience.

With more than 37,000 students from over 115 countries around the world, we offer inspiring environment for connecting and learning across all of our locations including Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle CBD, Central Coast, and Port Macquarie, Sydney and Singapore.

A creative hub, Newcastle is home to innovators and entrepreneurs. National Geographic named Newcastle one of the world’s seven Smart Cities in 2017.

Newcastle’s coastline is world famous, and access to pristine beaches and three coastal baths is made easy with long stretches of uncrowded sand and accessible public transport.

Enjoy a dynamic art and music scene, chilled-out cafes, eclectic markets, micro-breweries and small bars. The people are friendly, the beaches are picture perfect, and the coffee culture is taken seriously. All this, and you’re just a short two-hour trip from Sydney.

Even closer to Sydney, at just an hour’s drive away, our vibrant Central Coast campus is surrounded by more beautiful coastlines, golden beaches and pristine national parks – plus a thriving social scene.

A career at the University of Newcastle is an opportunity to make your mark.

We are ranked in the world's top three per cent of universities and within the top 10 universities in Australia and this is just the start. We aim to lead the world in all our spheres of achievement.

By joining UON, you are joining a team that is centred on making a difference, not only on the global stage, but also nationally and in our local community. We create an environment where every employee has an opportunity to succeed and really make a stamp on their career and professional field.

The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for delivering world-class research and innovation. Our reputation has been built on high quality performance in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment. Our research in humanities and the creative arts is on a rapid and upward trajectory. We are a leader in Indigenous education and research.

The University has attracted some of the very best researchers in the world, providing an important platform for the development of critical mass and future growth of these key research fields.

Explore rankings data for University of Newcastle

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Key statistics

  • 20.9
    No. of students per staff
  • 17%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 22,220
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings


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