The University of western Australia

The University’s longer-term aim is to be counted among the top 50 universities in the world by 2050, continuing to play a vital role in scholarship and discovery of global significance.


The University of Western Australia has been named among the top 100 in the world in the U.S. News ranking of 1,250 universities around the globe. The U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings are based on 13 indicators that measure the academic research performance and global and regional reputations of universities in 75 countries. Students can use the rankings to explore international higher education options.

UWA was placed equal 81st out of 1,250 universities, the top university in Western Australia and number 7 in Australia and New Zealand. In the U.S. News Rankings by Subject, UWA had six subjects in the top 100, including a top 20 placing in Plant and Animal Science, and a ranking of 22nd for Agricultural Sciences. Also in the top 100: Environmental/Ecology (41), Geosciences (45), Clinical Medicine (93) and Psychiatry/Psychology (58). UWA subjects achieved a top 200 ranking in Immunology (111), Pharmacology and Toxicology (117), Space Science (117), Social Sciences and Public Health (120), Molecular Biology and Genetics (129) Engineering (135), Arts and Humanities (147), Biology and Biochemistry (140), Neuroscience and Behaviour (159), and Economics and Business (159). UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said the results reflected UWA’s commitment to attract world-class staff from around the globe.

“The methodology of these rankings is based mainly on an institution’s global and regional research reputation,” Professor Freshwater said.

“Through our ‘Be Inspired’ campaign we have been strengthening our reputation for excellence through a strategy that fosters a high performance culture.”

“Students are attracted to study at UWA because we are home to some of the world’s leading experts in their fields who themselves were attracted here by our reputation for quality research. It’s a great reflection of our staffs’ commitment to excellence in research and teaching.”

Crawley Campus

From its extensive art collections and theatre venues to its wealth of sporting, cultural, alumni and social groups, the University is a leading intellectual and creative resource to the communities it serves.

The University's affiliated residential colleges lie north of the campus. You can explore the campus through the UWA Virtual Universe or the campus map. UWA’s distinctive mix of heritage architecture and contemporary buildings contain state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, lecture and performance theatres, tutorial spaces, studios and subject-specific laboratories, creating the perfect learning environment.

Situated on the Swan River in Crawley, UWA is one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. At UWA you are surrounded by leafy green spaces with open courtyards and plenty of room to study, catch up with friends or relax outdoors in Perth’s moderate climate.

UWA consistently rates highly in student feedback surveys as offering an exciting, vibrant atmosphere. Shop, play, eat, be entertained – there’s a whole village on campus including:

  • banking
  • Co-op Bookshop and second-hand bookshop
  • child care
  • cafés
  • computer shop
  • Guild shop and newsagency
  • hairdresser
  • travel agency
  • market day every Tuesday
  • art galleries, museums, performance theatres and outdoor cinema
  • recreation centre, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts and a health and fitness centre
  • optometrist, medical centre, pharmacy, dentist and physiotherapist.

UWA Claremont

Just a few minutes from the main Crawley Campus is the University’s Claremont site.

UWA Claremont is home to:

UWA Claremont is also where you will find Taylor's College, which provides foundation courses for international students.

The original buildings were home to the State's first post-secondary teaching institution which opened in 1902 – Claremont Teachers College. The college later became the Western Australian College of Advanced Education.

The campus is located on the corner of Princess Road and Goldsworthy Road in Claremont.

UWA Albany

UWA has a regional campus in the south-coast town of Albany - a four-and-half-hour drive from Perth. The friendly and close-knit UWA Albany community includes the:

In 2005, Curtin University of Technology joined UWA in Albany to provide additional courses to the local community.

At the UWA Albany Centre you can experience all that regional Western Australia has to offer while studying at university. A supportive, welcoming community at the UWA Albany Centre provides the perfect alternative to a big-city campus.

Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management undertakes targeted, cost-effective and innovative research that makes a significant and recognised contribution to addressing Australia's natural resource management problems.

The Rural Clinical School of WA (Albany) offers clinical placements in a regional town to medicine students in their penultimate year from UWA and University of Notre Dame Australia. PIAF brings international, national and local artists together for world-class entertainment experiences in the Great Southern.

UWA Albany offers a diverse range of stimulating options to become involved in, including sporting and social activities, public lectures and arts events.

The Friends of UWA Albany provides a way for members of the community to show support for and to be involved in UWA activities in Albany.

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