UNSW Sydney


UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, ranked among the top 50 universities in the world1.

UNSW is known for producing innovative, pioneering research that has a global impact, attracting some of the most talented researchers and research students worldwide. Our partnerships with industry, international organisations, governments and other leading universities worldwide make us an attractive option for research investors.

Among many achievements, UNSW has pioneered the global development of solar energy technologies, helped to control devastating epidemics such as HIV, developed new therapies for depression and anxiety, and made previously unimaginable breakthroughs in quantum computing.

With more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries, UNSW is one of Australia’s most diverse and cosmopolitan universities.

UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities, and a member of the prestigious Universitas 21 international network, Global Tech Alliance, Association of Pacific Rim Universities and Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise.

With King’s College London and Arizona State University Phoenix, UNSW Sydney is also a founding member of the PLuS Alliance, which creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges. The PLuS Alliance provides cross-institutional programmes for students around the globe, establishes research connections across the universities, and contributes to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are UNSW Art & Design in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

UNSW has eight faculties - Art and Design, Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment, UNSW Business School, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and UNSW Canberra at ADFA; offering an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

1 2017 QS World University Rankings

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of New South Wales (UNSW) published between 1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018 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.

288 71.97 65.84

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 95 21.63 21.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 36 12.27 12.27
Physical Sciences 140 28.89 22.76
Chemistry 59 19.87 19.87

Highlight of the month

Antarctic bacteria thrive on thin air

© copyright Jeff Miller/Moment/Getty

© copyright Jeff Miller/Moment/Getty

Bacteria can survive the inhospitable wastelands of Antarctica by scavenging gases from the air.

The deserts of Antarctica are frozen, arid wastelands in complete darkness for many months. The nutrient-poor soils were thought to be devoid of life, yet a diverse range of microbes have been found there. Scientists wanted to find out how life could survive without energy from light, heat or food.

A team including researchers from the University of New South Wales studied the genomes of microbes living in soil samples from two ice-free sites in East Antarctica. They identified genes in the most abundant species that enable them to extract energy from hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gases, which they pluck from the air.

Atmospheric gases could be a vital energy source for organisms in other apparently inhospitable environments, such as the Atacama Desert or even other planets.

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  1. Nature 552, 400–403 (2017). doi: 10.1038/nature25014

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 February 2017 - 31 January 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 36.52% Domestic
  • 63.48% 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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