Western Sydney University

351–400 th
World University Rankings 2019
11 th
University Impact Ranking 2019
71 st
Young University Rankings 2018
Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, New South Wales, NSW 2751, Australia

About Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University is a world-class university with a growing international reach and reputation for academic excellence and impact-driven research.

Ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world* we are a student-focused university which puts you at the centre of the university experience.

We are community-driven, research-led, and globally-focused. This positively impacts the communities we engage with and our student body who come from a multitude of diverse backgrounds.

As a dynamic place of learning, we continue to challenge traditional notions of what a university should be by pushing the boundaries of how knowledge is exchanged.

At Western Sydney University we equip our graduates for more than a career. We are unlocking the potential of the next generation of global citizens, leaders and change-makers.

When it comes to employers being happy with graduates they’ve hired, no other university in Sydney ranks as highly as Western Sydney University. Our graduates outperform the average university student in areas such as Foundation Skills and Collaboration (2018 National Employment Satisfaction Survey – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)).

We tailor all our courses to give you the skills and knowledge needed to be job ready and to have a thriving career. It’s why no other university prepares you for what employers are looking for in graduates, better than Western.

* Ranked 401–500th, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.



  • Top 2% in the world
  • In the world’s top 500 universities
  • Number 71 in the world among universities under 50 years old
  • Number 70 in Asia Pacific.


The Academy: Future thinking. Unlimited possibilities

The Academy is a program for high-achieving students that will enrich your learning experience, challenge you to think differently, uncover your passion, cultivate your leadership skills and encourage you to become an engaged and informed member of your community as a citizen scholar.

The opportunities provided by The Academy will allow you to graduate with so much more than just a degree. You will be ahead of your peers in terms of professional, personal and academic experiences and will be ready to hit the ground running with your career and plans for your future.

Visit westernsydney.edu.au/theacademy for more information.


A world of unlimited learning possibilities

  • Be prepared for a journey of discovery at Western Sydney.
  • Our course options can be summed up by the following themes:
  • Build a better society
  • Solve,construct,build
  • Advance human health
  • Create,Imagine,Make
  • Lead,Innovate,Market
  • Defend Justice. Protect our community
  • Explore the Digital Future
  • Investigate the Mind
  • Open Minds. Change Lives
  • Discover the World.

Learn more at westernsydney.edu.au/future

And if you’re determined to discover the world, we want to help you with opportunities to travel and study in approximately 400 global destinations.

Our Go Global program includes:

  • student exchanges – one session or full-year overseas study programs at one of our partner universities
  • short programs – international study programs at our partner universities during summer or winter breaks
  • language study – study in the native language of the country (beginner to advanced level) or in English, where English is not the native language of the student enrolling to study at the University
  • international work experience and volunteering – opportunities for real life work and industry experience through internship and volunteering programs
  • study abroad – overseas study opportunities available at non-partner universities.

Learn more at westernsydney.edu.au/goglobal.


Indo-Pacific scholarship opportunities

The New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates the opportunity to work and study in 40 host countries within the Indo-Pacific region on an Australian Government scholarship or grant. Learn more about the range of funded opportunities at westernsydney.edu.au/goglobal.


The College

Owned by Western Sydney University, The College offers pathways to university study through its comprehensive range of integrated diploma/bachelor courses, extended diplomas and University Foundation Studies. This means that you will go straight into first or second year of University, saving time and hassle. Small class sizes and individualised attention from academic staff provide a well-supported environment for students to succeed in their tertiary studies. For more information, visit westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege.


About Western Sydney

Western Sydney is a growing region of economic opportunity, community aspiration and environmental diversity in Australia’s largest city - Sydney.

Western Sydney runs from Windsor in the north to Campbelltown in the south, and from Parramatta in the east to Penrith and the Blue Mountains in the west, comprising of 14 local government areas.

The region is recognised as an area of growing national importance and has one of the fastest growing populations in Australia.  

Quick Facts

  • WS is home to roughly 1 in every 11 Australians
  • WS has the third largest economy in Australia
  • WS has more than 240,000 local businesses
  • WS encompasses significant areas of national parks, waterways and parklands

Where is WS?

The New South Wales Department of Planning's Metropolitan Strategy divides Western Sydney into three sub-regions:

  • North-West: City of Blacktown, City of Blue Mountains, City of Hawkesbury and City of Penrith
  • South-West: Camden Council, City of Campbelltown, City of Liverpool and Wollondilly Shire
  • West Central: Auburn Council, City of Bankstown, City of Fairfield, City of Holroyd and City of Parramatta

Our Population

The region is home to 1.9 million people - 35% of whom were born overseas. Its population is projected to reach 3 million by 2036 and to absorb two thirds of the population growth in the Sydney region - making the region one of the largest growing urban populations in Australia.

Our residents come from more than 170 countries and speak over 100 different languages. The majority of new immigrants (60%) that come to Australia settle in Western Sydney and over the past decade 50% of these arrivals were from Iraq and Sudan. Western Sydney also has more Indigenous residents than either South Australia or Victoria and is the largest single Indigenous community in the country.

Our Economy

The region has over 240,000 businesses and generated more than $72 billion gross regional product in 2009, making its economy the third largest in Australia behind the Sydney CBD and Melbourne. The two largest industries in the region are manufacturing and construction. Of the 544,000 jobs located in Western Sydney 75% of those who live in the region also work in the region.

Our Environment

The region also features rural and agricultural lands, natural bushland and a range of recreational and sporting facilities. There are remnants of critically endangered native Cumberland Plain Bushland and World Heritage-listed areas of the Blue Mountains. The Hawkesbury Nepean River system is Sydney's primary water source and the backbone of the region's agricultural and fishing industries. It is also a major recreational attraction for residents of Western Sydney.

Explore rankings data for Western Sydney University

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Key statistics

  • 33.2
    No. of students per staff
  • 14%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 32,461
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings



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