University of South Australia (UniSA)
University of South Australia (UniSA) was formed in 1991 and now become the largest university in South Australia, with 37,000 students and 2,400 staff. With over 100,000 graduates in the last twenty years, and as the leading provider of international education in the state, it is a significant contributor to South Australia’s prosperity.
UniSA is the Australian university that has achieved the biggest increase in ranking in the QS World University Rankings, and has done it for the second year in a row.
According to the latest results, UniSA is ranked equal 256th in the world, which is an increase of 25 places in 2011 on top of rising 14 places the year before. The University is now ranked 11th out of all Australian universities.
In 2011, the first Excellence in Research for Australia Excellence in Research for Australia assessment exercise showed around 70% of UniSA research assessed at the discipline level was of a world-class standard.
The University has developed a reputation as a modern and innovative institution with a growing research profile. Known for its strong and engaged research, the university is also well recognised by industry for its experientially based teaching and learning, conducted in partnership with industry and the professions.
The University of South Australia’s MBA program has again been awarded 5 stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia. In addition, Division of Business is one of only eight Australian business schools, and one of only 130 in the world, to hold the prestigious European Quality Improvement System accreditation.
UniLife (students association) is a democratic organisation run by students, which is responsive to student needs. UniLife improves the quality of student life by providing administrative support to over 100 sporting and social clubs, a diverse range of events throughout the year and free advocacy and advice services, and also produces the UniSA student magazine UniLife Magazine.
After the passing of the Voluntary Student Unionism legislation the activities and collective voice of students was significantly diminished. However this has spurred the student association to work hard to offer students better value for money.