University of Western Australia

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University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia ( UWA ) was established in 1911 as the State’s first university. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.

The University was established due largely to the efforts of Sir John Winthrop Hackett, who had a long – standing vision and passion to provide Western Australia with a university. Proprietor and editor of The West Australian newspaper, he chaired a Royal Commission which recommended the establishment of a university. Later he was the founding Chancellor and bequeathed more than £425,000 ( the equivalent of more than $32 million today ) to the University.

There was consensus among legislators of the time that the University not only be free, but also provide tertiary education of a practical nature to help develop Western Australia’s pioneering economy. At the time of the University’s foundation, Perth’s population was just 121,000 and its economy relied mostly on agricultural, pastoral and mining industries.

As a result, the founding professorial appointments were in Agriculture, Mining and Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry, History and Economics, Biology and English. These were balanced to an extent by the appointment of lecturers in Classics and Ancient History, French and German, Mental and Moral Philosophy, and Veterinary Science. Overarching these posts were three faculties – Engineering, Science and Arts.

Western University Courses

1. Undergraduate Courses

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy ( Honours )

2. Postgraduate Courses

  • Graduate Certificates
  • Graduate Diplomas
  • Masters by Coursework
  • Masters by Research
  • Doctors of Philosophy
  • Professional Doctorates and Higher Doctorates

3. Research Courses

  • Masters by Research
  • Professional Doctorates and Higher Doctorates
  • Doctors of Philosophy

Qualifications for the Professions

  • Architecture
  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Early Childhood Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Landscape architecture
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Music Teaching
  • Nursing Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Primary Teaching
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Social Work

University of Western Scholarships

  • Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • International Scholarships

Western University Research

An emphasis on research and research training is a defining characteristic of UWA. The university offers an outstanding, international research culture across all disciplines, providing opportunities for staff and students to enjoy a world – class university experience.

The University has determined six strategic research areas and several emerging and seed priorities to provide appropriate focus and direction to our activities.

Research Strength

UWA strategic research areas encompass the disciplinary strengths of the Excellence in Research for Australia, the University’s investments in world – class infrastructure, and its strategic advantages offered by place and time.

In the Excellence in Research for Australia ( ERA 2010 ) evaluation, UWA was classified as performing above, or well above, the world average in the broad areas of the following :

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • History and Archaeology

The interdisciplinary research carried out in our Institutes and Centres builds on the disciplinary strengths of our Faculties and Schools.

  • Plant Sciences and Sustainable Food Production
  • Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment
  • Energy and Minerals
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Medicine and Health
  • Mind and the Nervous System

University of Western Contact Address

The University of Western Australia,
35 Stirling Highway,
Crawley WA 6009,
Perth, Australia,
Phone No. : ( +61 8 ) 6488 6000,
Fax : ( +61 8 ) 6488 1380,
Email : general.enquiries@uwa.edu.au,
Website : http://www.uwa.edu.au.