The University of Newcastle is just 2 hours north of Sydney, but offers another world of experience.
The university is set in the vibrant coastal city of Newcastle, renowned for its lifestyle, with stunning beaches, eclectic arts scene, and relaxed pace.
With a warm, sunny climate and surrounded by natural attractions, The University of Newcastle offers world class higher education and is a magnet for Australian and international students.
Australia’s second-oldest city, Newcastle has a rich history, it’s jam-packed with artistic and cultural experiences, most within walking distance in the CBD.
Fine dining, hip bars, quirky boutiques, outdoor markets for organic food, arts, jewellery, and clothing, and a laid-back attitude make Newcastle one of Australia’s most liveable cities.
Surrounded by stunning beaches, Newcastle is the gateway to the incredible coastline of Nelson Bay, the whale and dolphin spotting area at Port Stephens and Australia’s premier wine region, The Hunter Valley.
Only 10 minutes’ drive from Newcastle you can paddle along picturesque Ironbark Creek to experience first - hand native beautiful ecosystem of 45 hectares Hunter Wetlands.
Smaller than Sydney, with lower costs of living, beautiful nature, amazing surf, and vivid cultural life, Newcastle is a perfect students’ city hub.
Established in 1965, the University of Newcastle has modern local and international campuses in Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney, Singapore and Port Macquarie.
The university has been consistently ranked in the top ten universities in the country and is in the top 3% of universities worldwide.
The University of Newcastle is also recognised by global university ratings service QS Rankings with a maximum score of 5 stars.
The University of Newcastle was awarded the highest possible '5' rating across 22 research fields, by Australian Government's Excellence in Research assessment.
In 2017, the University of Newcastle opened its $95 million CBD education precinct - New Space – 10 storey vertical campus.
The design joins the community with the campus through its library and information common, collaborative learning spaces and zones for professional and community engagement, and adjacent University House.
A total investment of $292 million in the new city campus, law courts and Hunter Medical Research Institute Hub has created strong job opportunities for graduates.
The University of Newcastle welcomes international students, currently, there are students from 114 countries enrolled.
It has a range of high quality on-campus student living facilities to suit undergraduates, postgraduates, couples and students with special needs.
It was awarded the Asia Pacific Association for Student Housing award for Excellence in Student Experience, with a Student Living team providing 24-hour support services and a unique ResLife program to make students feel welcome included and comfortable in their new home.
The University of Newcastle programs integrate study with practical experience, paid employment and research.
The university hosts numerous high quality and well-funded research centres interconnected with business hubs.
Independent student feedback is typified in the following comment:
"Incredibly hands on experience, great practical knowledge balanced with broad theoretical underpinnings. Many Seniors in the Profession whom I’ve so far had the chance to meet continuously comment on the high standard of knowledge and practice competency that comes from students who’ve graduated from the University of Newcastle."
The University of Newcastle provides access to Australia’s Regional Migration Scheme, with dedicated 25,000 regional places available each year.
University of Newcastle applicants have:
Priority processing on regional visas.
Access to Regional Occupations Lists – more jobs compared than metropolitan lists, and
International students studying at the University of Newcastle are eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa.
Newcastle is a leader in Australian research and innovation, with a research ecosystem linking University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, (HMRI) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
The region has specialisations in energy, health, and medical research, and the university has developed an active defence industries research cluster.
The University of Newcastle is focused on applied research, with total research funding in 2017 of $141 million and increasing from year to year.
The major areas were in: health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment.
The university is placed it in the top eight Australian universities for research quality 'well above world standard.
Leading research facilities centres of University of Newcastle include:
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI);
Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER);
Newcastle Innovation – the university’s technology transfer company;
Defence Industries Research Cluster.
21 Priority Research Centres across 5 faculties:
Engineering & Built Environment,
Health & Medicine
Business & Law, and
Education & Arts
The University of Newcastle is committed to growing top job opportunities for graduates. It has some of the highest employment rates and starting salaries for graduates in Australia.
The median salary for postgraduates is +$90k with a 95%+ employment rate.
AusIndustry ranked the University of Newcastle Number 1 for industry collaboration in 2017, working with 300+ industry partners.
The Work Integrated Learning program within each degree ensures graduates have the skills, experience and network to find valuable employment.
The city of Newcastle is growing rapidly and provides unique work prospects for local alumnae. Key projects include:
Newcastle airport expansion and development,
Port of Newcastle expansion and development,
Newcastle’s Williamtown Military Base expansion - increasing demand for engineering and aero related services
Newcastle City’s Urban Renewal Strategy requires 6,000 new homes and 10,000 jobs in the city centre over the next 16 years.
Newcastle Convention Bureau expansion of Expo and Conference services to businesses and professions
Newcastle Local Government Special Event sponsorship and grants program to expand tourism in the city and region
Newcastle Local Government Economic Development Sponsorship Grant Program funds new business growth and employment
These major capital projects and the funding committed by business and government mean jobs for skilled university graduates in Newcastle.
The University of Newcastle provides the education and training in all the fields that are required for Newcastle’s future: health, business, built environment, engineering, skilled trades and is committed to meeting existing and future employers’ needs.
University of Newcastle graduates have unique opportunities for skilled work and migration to Australia. University of Newcastle graduates are prioritised over Sydney-based students in migration pathways.
There is a new Skilled Work Regional visa known as the “Provisional subclass 491 Visa”.
This visa is granted on the basis of points awarded to applicants.
It is designed to help regional Australia attract skilled migrants. Five additional points are awarded to potential migrants looking to settle in regional Australia.
To be eligible, applicants must have a skilled occupation and qualification that is nominated by a state or territory government agency.
For top graduate employment, a fantastic student lifestyle and priority migration opportunities, The University of Newcastle has the answers.