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UON is pushing boundaries of innovation and discovery

University of Newcastle degrees offer global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial opportunities, and their research is having global impact

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm

Now, more than ever, the world needs “new”. New thinking, new ideas, new approaches to face the challenges of tomorrow.

At the University of Newcastle (UON), students and researchers are inspired to bring “new” into the world. UON degrees offer global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial opportunities, and their research is having global impact.

UON has entered the top one per cent of universities globally, ranked by QS World University Rankings 2017/18 – and is among the top 8 in Australia for research “well above world standard”.

“UON’s commitment to research excellence is an investment in the future,” says Professor Caroline McMillen, UON’s vice-chancellor and president. “Engagement with industry, business and government partners, and productive collaborations are essential to ensure our world-class research translates into outcomes that will change the life of individuals, the productivity of industry and the economic health and sustainability of nations.”

As research leaders in the fields of engineering, energy and resources, environment and sustainability, health and medicine, UON researchers are making discoveries that offer innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

“By supporting our existing partnerships and expanding our fields of research through new collaborations, we will build our research capacity and continue to push the boundaries of innovation and discovery,” McMillen says.

With state-of-the-art facilities at Newcastle (Callaghan) and Newcastle CBD, as well as Central Coast, Sydney, Port Macquarie and Singapore, UON has also forged a path in education innovation.

Its A$95 million (HK$589 million) NeW Space facility is providing a distinct platform for staff to develop and test ideas that use emerging technologies in teaching.

“UON is focused on delivering accessible, high-quality programmes to students through innovative models,” McMillen says. “With an emphasis on good teaching and an outstanding student experience, UON is producing globally competitive graduates.”

A range of scholarships, including the historic US$20 million Ma & Morley Scholarship Program, made possible through the Jack Ma Foundation, help UON students make a difference by being socially responsible and globally aware.