UNSW Business School

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UNSW Business School
UNSW Business School logo.png
Type Public
Established 2006
Academic staff
Students 12,000+
Affiliations University of New South Wales and Australian Graduate School of Management
Website business.unsw.edu.au
Quadrangle Building housing the Faculty of Business
Faculty building

The UNSW Business School at UNSW Australia, previously known as ASB, is one of Australia’s leading business schools.

In 2007, UNSW’s faculty of Commerce and Economics merged with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) to form the UNSW Business School.[1] This brought many decades of business and economics thought leadership together, with the faculty having taken its first students in 1955 [2] and the AGSM in 1977.[3]

There are 42 programs offered at the UNSW Business School, including 26 undergraduate and 26 specialist master's degrees, as well as six AGSM MBA and executive programs.


The UNSW Business School has achieved the highest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scores for fields including Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.[4]

The UNSW Business School is currently placed 12th in the world for Accounting and Finance by the QS World University Ranking by Subjects 2015 and 19th in Business and Management.[5]

Leading university rankings consistently rate the UNSW Business School as one of the world's top 50 business schools. The QS World University Ranking 2013 ranks the UNSW Business School on position 23 worldwide.[6] The Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking 2013-2014 ranks University of New South Wales on 40th worldwide for Social Science (of which UNSW Business School constitutes a major part at the University of New South Wales).

The AGSM @ UNSW Business School offers Australia’s top-ranking full-time MBA program, positioned 48th globally by the Financial Times (2013), the best ranking in Australia.

The School of Economics has been ranked in the top three economics research institutions in Australia by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).


In 2014, the UNSW Business School had 14,519 students enrolled: 8,283 undergraduate and 5,854 postgraduate students. 2% of its students are in research.[7]

30% of all UNSW Business School students[7] are international students, with the largest proportion of international students coming from China, Hong Kong and Indonesia.


Professor Chris Styles became Dean of UNSW Business School at UNSW Australia on July 1, 2014.

The Business School is guided by its Business Advisory Council, comprising 51 industry leaders and chaired by Nicholas Moore, CEO and Managing Director of Macquarie Group Ltd.

There are eight disciplinary schools within the UNSW Business School, in addition to the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Professional accreditation[edit]

The UNSW Business School was awarded EQUIS accreditation in June 2010 for five years. It has also been awarded accreditation from AACSB International, one of 680 business schools in the world.

Its programs are also accredited by professional bodies in most disciplines, including:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand (CAANZ) (formerly known as Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, ICAA)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
  • Institute of Actuaries of Australia
  • Institute of Actuaries (London)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Australian Computer Society (ACS)
  • Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS)
  • Australian Marketing Institute (AMI)

The School is also a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Alumni and industry links[edit]

There are more than 70,000 UNSW Business School graduates working around the world. The School is known for its strong industry links and business network, holding regular events, such as Meet the CEO, for alumni and business leaders. UNSW has more millionaire alumni than any other university in Australia, according to RTO Research by Spears Wealthinsight in 2014.[8]

UNSW alumni include:

  • David Gonski, Chairman, ANZ & Coca-Cola Amatil. Former Chairman Australian Future Fund, Investec Bank Australia & ASX Limited.
  • Nicholas Moore, CEO, Macquarie Group
  • Matthew Grounds, CEO, UBS Australasia
  • Scott Farquhar & Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-CEOs and Founders, Atlassian
  • Mark Bouris, Chairman, Yellow Brick Road
  • Peter Switzer, Founder, Switzer Financial Group
  • John Haddock, CEO and CIO, CHAMP Private Equity
  • John Anderson, Former CEO, Levi Strauss & Co
  • Andrew Clifford, CIO, Platinum Investment Management
  • Hamish Douglass, MD & CEO, Magellan Financial Group
  • Tim Fung, Founder & CEO, Airtasker
  • Ken Henry, Secretary, Australian Department of Treasury
  • Martin Kelly, CFO, Apollo Global Management
  • Matthew Koder, Asia Pacific President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Tony Harrington, CEO, Minter Ellison (Formerly PWC Australia)
  • Dale Cottrell, Regional Managing Director (Asia Pacific), Bain & Co
  • Roger Corbett AO, Chairman, Fairfax Media
  • Dr Philip Lowe, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank Australia
  • Catherine Harris AO, Chair, Harris Farm Markets
  • Jeremy Balkin, Author, Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good]

BusinessThink is an online business analysis journal produced by the UNSW Business School in association with The Wharton School and Singapore Management University. It has around 55,000 subscribers, and is Australia’s first research-based online business publication.

In 2014, the UNSW Business School provided 242 students with scholarships, adding up to a total value of $3,087,752. Additionally, 64 students received prizes valued at a total of $32,000.[7]


  1. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/20140208154609/http://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au/documents/A317-ASB.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/20131203002813/http://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au/documents/A22-FCE.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/20131203003140/http://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au/documents/A403-AGSM.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Our rankings | UNSW Australia Business School". Business.unsw.edu.au. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  5. ^ "UNSW Business School leads Australia in Accounting and Finance | UNSW Australia Business School". Business.unsw.edu.au. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  6. ^ 11 Postgraduate Courses View Courses. "The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) | Undergraduate". Top Universities. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  7. ^ a b c (PDF) https://web.archive.org/20150404131659/https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/About-Site/Documents/pocketstats-2014.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/20150510124651/http://www.universityprimetime.com:80/research-reveals-top-100-colleges-produce-millionaires/7/. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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