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University of Technology Sydney
UTS emblem.png
Emblem of UTS
Former names
Workingman's College (1870s)
Sydney Technical College (1882)[1]
New South Wales Institute of Technology (1969-1988)
Motto"Think. Change. Do."
TypePublic research university
Established1988 (1988)
ChancellorCatherine Livingstone
Vice-ChancellorAttila Brungs
Academic staff
3,896 (2018)[2]
Students45,930 (2018)[2]
Undergraduates33,070 (2018)[2]
Postgraduates12,860 (2018)[2]
Location, ,

33°53′1″S 151°12′3″E / 33.88361°S 151.20083°E / -33.88361; 151.20083
ColoursBlack and White
University of Technology Sydney logo.jpg

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia. Although its origins are said to trace back to the 1870s, the university was founded in its current form in 1988. As of 2018, UTS enrolls 45,930 students, including 33,070 undergraduate and 12,860 postgraduate students through its 9 faculties and schools.[3]

The university is regarded as one of the world's leading young universities (under 50 years old), ranked 1st in Australia and 10th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings.[4]

UTS is a member of the Australian Technology Network, the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


The University of Technology Sydney originates from the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (the oldest continuously running Mechanics' Institute in Australia), which was established in 1833.[5] In the 1870s, the School formed the Workingman's College, which was later taken over by the NSW government to form, in 1882, the Sydney Technical College.[1]

In 1940 the NSW Parliament passed an Act to establish an Institute of Technology, which in 1964 led to the establishment of the New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT). In 1968, the NSW Institute of Technology amalgamated with the NSW Institute of Business Studies. In 1976 NSWIT established the first law school in NSW outside the university sector. The Haymarket campus officially opened in 1985.

On 8 October 1987 university status was granted to NSWIT, which was followed by the passing of the University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1987. It was reconstituted as the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 1988, along with the incorporation of the School of Design of the former Sydney College of the Arts. In 1989, the University of Technology, Sydney, Act 1989 (NSW) formed UTS by absorbing the Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education (KCAE) and the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education (ITATE ) of the Sydney College of Advanced Education. An academic Structure of nine faculties and 25 schools was established in 1991.

The School of Design was initially housed at a campus in Balmain, which closed at the end of 1994, with the school moved to a new building at the city campus.[6][7] The environmental, biological and biomedical science schools were located on a campus at St Leonards, which was closed in 2006, which also relocated to the city campus following a redevelopment.[8][9]

The Kuring-Gai campus closed at the end of 2015, with classes and facilities moved into the main Haymarket campus. This marked the consolidation of UTS into a single unified campus in the Sydney CBD.[10]


UTS Tower

The UTS campus is located in Ultimo, Sydney, and consists of five precincts – Broadway, Haymarket, Blackfriars, Moore Park and Botany. The campus is home to the faculties of Science, Health, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and IT, Design, Architecture and Building, Business and Law, as well as the Graduate School of Health.

The university is in the final stages of completing a $1 billion-plus infrastructure investment program to reshape its campus.[11] UTS Central, currently under construction on Broadway, is transforming the old Building 2 site into a student hub and new home for the Faculty of Law.


The University of Technology Sydney's campus buildings are a mix of architectural styles, reflecting the different periods in which the buildings and grounds were constructed and refurbished.

The UTS Tower on Broadway (Building 1) is an example of brutalist architecture with square and block concrete designs. In October 2006, the UTS Tower was voted the ugliest building in Sydney in a poll hosted by The Sydney Morning Herald, receiving 22% of the total vote.[12]

At the Haymarket precinct, Building 5 combines a modern interior within the remaining exterior of the old markets building, while nearby, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (Building 8), designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, is considered a contemporary architectural icon. Other notable buildings on campus include Building 10 on Jones St – the old Fairfax building – and its neighbours, the Faculty of Engineering and IT (Building 11) on Broadway and the new Faculty of Science Building (Building 7) overlooking Alumni Green.

UTS Library[edit]

UTS provides services through the Blake Library as well as an range of online services on the UTS Library website.


The university consists of 9 faculties and schools:[13]

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Business
  • Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Graduate School of Health
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation


The UTS Academic Board is the principal advisory body to the UTS Council on academic matters.

The Academic Board is concerned with policy development as it relates to the University's academic programs in education, scholarship and research, and community service. It refers to policy recommendations to Council and discusses matters referred to it by Council.

Academic Board plays a key role in the UTS community in providing a forum for the discussion and debate of the academic directions of the University as well as the quality of its academic programs. The Board consists of academic staff members as well as student members elected for a general period of 1–2 years.[14]

List of Chancellors
List of Vice-Chancellors
  • RD Guthrie (1988—1996)
  • AJD Blake (1996—2002)
  • RE Milbourne (2002—2014)
  • Attila Brungs (2014—present)



University rankings
University of Technology Sydney
QS World[16]160
THE-WUR World[17]196
ARWU World[18]301–400
USNWR World[19]245
CWTS Leiden World[20]122
Australian rankings
QS National[16]9
THE-WUR National[21]9
ARWU National[22]15–21
USNWR National[23]11
CWTS Leiden National[20]2
ERA National[25]14[24]

UTS is ranked 9th in Australia and 160th internationally in the QS World University Rankings 2018–2019.[26]UTS is ranked 9th in Australia and 196th internationally by the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[17] UTS is ranked 122nd (second in Australia) in the 2017 CWTS Leiden ranking.[20] The university is ranked in the 301st–400th bracket in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.[27]

UTS ranked 1st in Australia and 15th globally in the 2017 Times Higher Education top 150 universities 150 Under 50 Rankings.[28] Similarly, in the 2018 QS Top 50 Under 50 index of universities founded less than 50 years ago, UTS ranked 8th in the world and 1st in Australia.[29]

The 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked UTS graduates 6th most employable in Australia, and 64th in the world.[30]

Student life[edit]

Activate UTS (formerly UTS Union) is the peak service provider at the University of Technology Sydney. It operates a range of on-campus student services, including food & beverage outlets, cultural activities, fitness and catering services as well as clubs and societies, student publications and Orientation Day. The City Campus is home to two licensed bars, 'The Underground' and 'The Loft'.

Activate UTS is governed by a board of thirteen directors consisting of seven students (elected by the student cohort in annual elections), two staff members (elected by the staff of the University), the CEO of Activate UTS, the Chair (appointed by the University Council), the Treasurer (appointed by the University Council) and one other director (appointed by the University Council, usually external to the University or a former student).

From the seven students elected, a President and a Vice-President is elected each year by the board. The Chair is responsible for the conduct of the board meetings.

UTSHousing is also a great part of a student community within UTS with its on-campus accommodation. They have 4 residences within a 15-minute walk from the campus and is home to more than 1200 UTS students. Weekly events and excursions are also organised within the housing members ranging from social, academic and sports events.

UTS has its own community radio station on campus, 2SER FM. The studio is located on in building 18, known as the terraces, and broadcasts to the entire Sydney region. The station is jointly owned by UTS and Macquarie University, with a second studio at Macquarie University. UTS Journalism students help produce the station's news and current affairs programs including "The Wire" and "Razors Edge".

The UTS Students' Association is the representative student organisation at UTS. It publishes the student newspaper, Vertigo, runs the second hand bookshop, and advocates on behalf of students both individually and collectively.


UTS sports clubs include:

The general sporting colours at UTS are green and black.

Notable alumni[edit]

The University of Technology Sydney has produced many notable alumni. Among the notable alumni of UTS include prominent business leaders, engineers, architects, authors, academics, athletes, actors, media personalities and politicians. Notable alumni include Emmy Award winning actor, Hugh Jackman; the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek; former Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma; Vietnamese-born Australian actor and comedian, Anh Do; Australian actress and model, Charlotte Best; Australian television presenter and media personality, Sonia Kruger; former Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Henry Tsang; Australian cricketer, Pat Cummins; Australian television presenter and sports journalist, Lara Pitt and Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor of New South Wales, Margaret Cunneen.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d "UTS facts, figures and rankings numbers". UTS official website. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Facts, figures and rankings". University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Top Young Universities in Australia". Top Universities. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  5. ^ Dictionary of Sydney staff writer (2008). "Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ "UTS School of Design Open Day". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 August 1993. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ "1994 Engineering Handbook" (PDF). University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ "1998 Science Handbook" (PDF). University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "2006 UTS Calendar" (PDF). University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ "UTS celebrates a new beginning for its Kuring-gai campus". UTS Newsroom. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  11. ^ "City Campus Master Plan". University of Technology Sydney. 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  12. ^ Cubby, Ben (1 November 2006). "Ugly talk strikes a chord in city's heart". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009.
  13. ^ "Facts, figures and rankings". Archived from the original on 7 May 2017.
  14. ^ "UTS: Academic Board - Governance Support Unit". Archived from the original on 19 February 2011.
  15. ^ Timeline Archived 11 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2019". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  17. ^ a b "World University Rankings 2019". TSL Education Limited.
  18. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  19. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News and World Report.
  20. ^ a b c "CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017". Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University.
  21. ^ "THE 2019 - Australia". Times Higher Education.
  22. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 - Australia". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
  23. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities in Australia/New Zealand". U.S. News and World Report.
  24. ^ "All unis winners in research audit". The Australian. 4 December 2015. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Australian University Rankings". Australian Education Network.
  26. ^ "Top Young Universities in Australia". Top Universities. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  27. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Young University Rankings". 4 April 2017. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017.
  29. ^ "QS University Rankings: Top 50 Under 50 2018". 10 July 2017. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Graduate Employability Rankings 2019". Top Universities. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2019-01-15.

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