The largest university in South Australia with more than 32,000 students, this enterprise-focused institution prides itself on its global outlook and strong local engagement.
Created in 1991 by the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology and the Magill, Salisbury and Underdale campuses of the South Australian Colleges of Advanced Education, the University of South Australia is now one of the most highly-regarded young universities in the world.
Its mission, under its founding act, was "to preserve, extend and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy, and to provide educational programs that will enhance the diverse cultural life of the wider community."
The university has two campuses in Adelaide city centre, two metropolitan campuses and two in regional South Australia, as well as offering offshore degree programmes in collaboration with private institutions in Hong Kong Baptist University and other higher education institutions throughout Asia.
UniSA offers degrees across a wide range of subjects including business, law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment – with some 6,000 international students enrolled across its 400 degree courses.
It boasts a high graduate employment rate, with 90 per cent of alumni working in graduation positions within four months of completing their degrees.
The institution has also sought to attract a high calibre of staff to teaching on its courses, with some three-quarters of faculty now holding a PhD.
Under UniSA’s vision, detailed in Horizon 2020, it aims to offer outstanding learning outcomes and the quality and richness of the student experience, graduate readiness for work, their adaptability, a strong commitment to equity and excellence and strong links between teaching and research.