The University of Wollongong (UOW)


At UOW we recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. That’s why we have established an international network of campuses, partners and bright minds to foster a supportive research community that drives real change.

Our research priorities are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems. We’ve discovered human ancestors, partnered with NASA to find clues to climate change, collaborated with Twitter to manage monsoon flooding, built a bionic bra from intelligent fabrics and invested in a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope that will allow us to move from developing treatments to finding cures.

UOW’s strategic research initiative, the Global Challenges Program, provides a distinctive environment for collaborative challenge-led research to ultimately transform lives and regions. It encourages and develops creative and community-engaged research that helps drive social, economic and cultural change in our region, with the potential to be translatable across the globe.

UOW’s strong research partnerships with world-renowned organisations and industry work towards building a sustainable and equitable future for the 21st century. Through engagement, UOW builds bridges between academics, businesses and researchers and is working with our partners to grow the Illawarra’s innovation ecosystem and pursue the uptake of disruptive technologies that deliver positive economic impacts.

Our Innovation Campus (IC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct, home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working on developing “intelligent” innovative materials; superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design and maritime law and security. IC is also home to iAccelerate, a purpose-built business incubator and accelerator, with its two-stream program being the first of its kind in Australia. iAccelerate supports students, staff and the greater Illawarra community by providing the infrastructure, mentoring and education programs for great ideas to grow and helps connect entrepreneurs with funding opportunities.

UOW is proud to be among the best modern universities in the world. Throughout our 42 years as an independent university, we’ve built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking 151-200 in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. UOW is also ranked as the 17th best modern university in the world by QS Top 50 Under 50 2018.

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1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Wollongong (UOW) published between 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

78 17.48 17.47

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 12 2.63 2.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 7 1.65 1.65
Physical Sciences 40 9.56 9.55
Chemistry 41 10.61 10.61

Highlight of the month

Cave art proof of Stone Age islanders’ sophistication

© Roco Roldn/EyeEm/Getty

© Roco Roldn/EyeEm/Getty

Cave excavations suggest that Stone Age humans who ventured into a group of islands separating continental South Asia from Australia developed forms of creative expression as diverse and unique as the region’s fauna and flora.

An international team, including researchers from Australia’s University of Wollongong, found evidence of artwork in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The artefacts were found in a layer of soil 22,000 to 30,000 years old.

The team found ornamental beads made from Babirusa teeth, a pendant made of bear bone, stone artefacts with pigmented abstract lines, and extensive amounts of pigmented clay, along with evidence of its use as paint.

Some scholars have argued that the scarcity of these types of finds indicate that the Stone Age inhabitants of the islands were not as sophisticated as those living elsewhere. However, the team behind the find claim that a lack of intensive research in the region is the reason that not as much has been unearthed, and that these artefacts are proof that these islanders had as strong a culture as those living elsewhere.

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  1. PNAS 114, 4105–4110 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619013114

View the article on the Nature Index

1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 27.63% Domestic
  • 72.37% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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