The University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is an international university working out of Tasmania. The University was founded by an Act of the Tasmanian Parliament on 1 January 1890, and as the fourth oldest university in Australia we are an original ‘sandstone’ university and is a member of the international Association of Commonwealth Universities.
UTAS offers various undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of disciplines. UTAS has also been consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for research and has links with 20 specialist research institutes, cooperative research centres and faculty based research centres; all of which are regarded as nationally and internationally competitive leaders. UTAS has a student population of nearly 26,800, including over 6,000 international students (on and offshore) and 1000 PhD students.
UTAS is committed to the creation, preservation, communication and application of knowledge, as well as excellence in all teaching, research and scholarly activities. The research is integral to its identity and sense of purpose and UTAS are ranked in the top 10 research universities in Australia.
UTAS continues to make far-reaching educational, cultural and economic contributions to Tasmania and the world. While the university maintain a strong and distinctive Tasmanian identity, programs and research are international in scope, vision and standards. There are around 50,000 graduates who are now scattered across the globe.
UTAS is connected and contemporary, creating life-changing, life-shaping experiences that provide the foundation on which to build careers and lives for their students.
The University is a research intensive university. It has consistently been ranked amongst the best in Australia for its research performance. Separately, the University is Domestically, ranked within the 14-17th bracket in Australia based on the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Also, in the newly published Excellence in Research for Australia, the University was ranked 14 in Australia for its research quality.
The trend towards globalisation has largely defeated the isolation traditionally associated with an antipodean location. UTAS now plays a major role in helping Tasmania meet the challenge of internationalisation, maintaining a vision set on international rather than regional horizons. At UTAS there are staff and students from more than 70 countries. The University values the presence of its international students and is proud of the services it is able to offer them. Special academic and English-language support is available, along with extensive social assistance, including help in finding accommodation and information about Australian society.
Formal links with other universities outside Australia bear witness to the University of Tasmania’s international standard and reputation. The University now has a large number of links and associations in Asia, as well as North America, the UK and Europe.