University of South Australia
|Latin: Universitas Australia Australis|
|Motto||Educating professionals. Creating and applying knowledge. Engaging our communities.|
|Established||1991 from SAIT and SACAE|
|Chancellor||Ian Gould |
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor David Lloyd|
|Location||Adelaide, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia|
|Campus||Local Internal, Offshore Study in Singapore|
|Organisations||Member of Australian Technology Network Open Universities Australia|
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a public university in the Australian state of South Australia. It was formed in 1991 with the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology and Colleges of Advanced Education. The legislation to establish and name the new University of South Australia was introduced in 1990 by the Hon Mike Rann MP, Minister of Employment and Further Education. With more than 33,000 students, the university is South Australia's largest; more than 10,000 students are international, with almost half studying in Adelaide and the remainder offshore.
Under the University's Act, its original mission was "to preserve, extend and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy, and to provide educational programs that will enhance the diverse cultural life of the wider community." In 2013 a new Vision, Mission and Values statement was released as part of a new strategic direction, "Crossing the Horizon".
UniSA was the youngest Australian institution to be named in the top 50 of 2013 The Times Higher Education's Top 100 global universities aged under 50.
The University is a founding member of the Australian Technology Network of universities. It has two Adelaide city centre campuses, two Adelaide metropolitan campuses, and two South Australian regional campuses.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Structure
- 4 Rankings and achievements
- 5 Student activities
- 6 Commercialisation
- 7 Affiliations
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The University of South Australia was formed in 1991 with the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) with three of the campuses (Magill, Salisbury and Underdale) of the South Australian College of Advanced Education (SACAE). The two other SACAE campuses, City and Sturt, were merged with the University of Adelaide and Flinders University respectively. To the former SACAE campuses of Magill, Salisbury and Underdale, SAIT added to the merger its three campuses at City East, The Levels (now known as Mawson Lakes) and Whyalla.
Salisbury campus was vacated in 1996, but its sale was held up for many years by litigation. In 1997, a new campus was opened at City West. In 2005, the campus at Underdale was closed as part of the Blueprint 2005 project, and its programmes were moved to other campuses. Some services still reside at Underdale such as Document Services. Blueprint 2005 also involved a number of new buildings, in particular at City West and Mawson Lakes.
School of Arts
The South Australian School of Arts can trace its history back to 1861 and the pioneering work of Charles Hill and H. P. Gill, through an unbroken succession of titles and changes in emphasis. It can claim to be one of the oldest art schools in Australia, and the oldest public art school. See South Australian School of Design for more detail.
The South Australian School of Arts, an established school within the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, provides the most prestigious and valuable visual arts scholarship in Australia, the Gordon Samstag Scholarship.
History of SACAE
The South Australian College of Advanced Education was formed in 1982 with the merger of five Colleges of Advanced Education. Adelaide CAE, Hartley CAE, Salisbury CAE, Sturt CAE and Torrens CAE respectively became the Adelaide (adjacent to Adelaide University), Magill, Salisbury, Sturt (actually in Bedford Park, adjacent to Flinders University) and Underdale CAE.
Hartley CAE was in turn formed from the 1979 merger of Murray Park CAE and Kingston CAE.
- Origins of the Colleges of Advanced Education
1973 saw the formation of the Colleges of Advanced Education which would make up the SACAE.
- Adelaide CAE developed from Adelaide Teachers College (est. 1921), which had its roots in a training school established in 1876.
- Murray Park CAE originated from Wattle Park Teachers College, which branched off from Adelaide Teachers College in 1957.
- Torrens CAE had its origins in the South Australian School of Arts, which dates back to 1856, and in Western Teachers College, which branched off from Adelaide Teachers College in 1962.
- Kingston CAE developed from the Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers College (est. 1967), which had its roots in a kindergarten training centre established in 1907.
- Sturt CAE was originally Bedford Park Teachers College (est. 1966).
- Salisbury CAE was originally Salisbury Teachers College (est. 1968).
History of SAIT
The South Australian Institute of Technology was an educational institution with 3 campuses in Adelaide, SA. Under a government reform to education in 1991 it was given the option of merging with the newly formed TAFE SA or the South Australian College of Advanced Education to form the University of South Australia. It had a broad range of topics making it a clear fit with neither institution.
South Australian School of Mines and Industries
- 1889 South Australian School of Mines and Industries established on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road between the University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The building, the gift of Sir George Brookman, was from 1918 to 1960 the home of Adelaide Technical High School.
- 1960 The South Australian School of Mines and Industries became the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Adelaide Technical High School moved to Glenunga to become Glenunga High. The SAIT was made up of three campuses, all of which remain a part of the University of South Australia.
- 1965 The SAIT was designated a college of advanced education resulting in a broadening in the range of courses offered, particularly at the professional level.
There are two campuses in the Adelaide city centre (both on North Terrace), two metropolitan campuses (at Mawson Lakes, formerly The Levels and Magill), and two campuses in regional South Australia, (Whyalla and Mount Gambier). A state-of-the-art Learning Centre, located in the western half of Hindley Street (in the city) is now complete. The University of South Australia delivers its offshore degree programs in collaboration with private institutions in Singapore.
Located on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road, (opposite the Royal Adelaide Hospital and adjacent to the University of Adelaide, on the site of the former South Australian Institute of Technology, and before that, the School of Mines), the City East campus is home to UniSA's Division of Health Sciences. It provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees for over 7,000 students.
The campus has undergone several building upgrades and expansions in recent years. The Basil Hetzel Building was opened in 2005 and includes 2,000 square metres of multipurpose biomechanical, pharmaceutical and microbiological laboratory space. There was a major reconstruction to the historic Brookman Building in 2008-09. The latest improvement works which began at the start of 2013 are expected to be completed by the end of the year. They include a new outdoor plaza, a new exercise physiology clinic, outdoor walkways, student lounges and other upgrades.
UniSA's health and biomedical research concentration is focused on education and research concerning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems. It encompasses the schools of
- Health Sciences,
- Nursing and Midwifery,
- Pharmacy and Medical Sciences,
- Population Health and
- the Sansom Institute for Health Research.
The City East campus places a strong emphasis on practice-based learning, with significant investment in teaching facilities. Students learn within modern purpose-built laboratories and on-campus clinics, (including physiotherapy and podiatry clinics), that service the community while providing students with hands-on experience.
A small selection of non health related programs are run from the City East campus, including construction management, geographic information systems, planning and geoinformatics, and surveying. City East is also home to the Centre for English Language in the University of South Australia (CELUSA) and the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT).
Located on the corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street (in the city), the City West Campus is home to business, law, commerce and management, architecture and creative arts. It is located between North Terrace and Hindley Street in buildings constructed in the 1990s for the new campus.
New building was also undertaken as part of a $167 million six-year asset plan known as Blueprint, including the $35 million Hawke building, named in honour of former Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke and opened in 2007. The Hawke Building houses the second largest public art gallery in the state of South Australia, the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. It also includes the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, (purpose-built for exhibitions relating to culture, history and social debate), the Allan Scott Auditorium, the Hawke Prime Ministerial Library, and Australia's only architecture museum.
The Blueprint project included the construction of six major buildings, extensions and upgrades across UniSA's five[clarification needed] campuses and featured the Dorrit Black and Kaurna buildings completed in 2005 at City West, the South Australian School of Art, and the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design.
This campus is the home of the UniSA Business School with the School of Management; International Graduate School of Business; School of Law; School of Commerce; School of Marketing and the School of Art, Architecture and Design. A Glenelg Tram stop is located in front of the campus, near the campus library.
Magill Campus is located on St. Bernard's Road. It focuses on a range of education, humanities and social science disciplines, including Psychology, Journalism, and the Study of International Relations.
Mawson Lakes (formerly known as The Levels) campus is the main campus for the Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment. It has state-of-the-art research facilities, an extensive library and collaborative links with nearby Technology Park. In 2012, the campus's new $50 million Materials and Minerals Science Building was completed and opened by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans.
UniSA has its own aviation academy located at Parafield with brand new Cessna aircraft with state-of-the-art Garmin 1000 cockpit displays, unique to South Australia. The aviation academy is designed to cater to students studying the Civil Aviation degree.
Whyalla campus's academic programs in foundation studies, business, engineering, social work, and nursing, along with research opportunities in rural health and community development, reflect UniSA's commitment to providing access to higher education.
Establishment of South Australia's Mount Gambier Regional Centre (MGRC) was built in 2005. The aim was to provide greater access to university education. This need was derived from community demand. The MGRC is providing opportunities for higher education for the Mount Gambier community. It contributes to the employment needs of the region and further development of its local professionals.
UniSA in Singapore
The University of South Australia has partnered with Kaplan Higher Education Institute, Singapore previously. Started from 2014, the partnership is transferred to M2 Academy  in Singapore to provide a modern and innovative range of business, tourism and event management, communications and media, commerce and accounting, marketing and engineering programs. Programs are delivered in part-time mode with the aid of online learning facilities. UniSA's Singapore partnership is part of the University's worldwide community of international partners and alumni groups. The University's Global Engagement Framework outlines a future for UniSA as a globally connected university of enterprise.
A faculty structure was adopted in 1992, and in 1993 UniSA established the Australian Technology Network (ATN) with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, RMIT University in Melbourne and the University of Technology, Sydney.
In 1994, the first two research institutes, the Ian Wark Research Institute and the Institute for Telecommunications Research were established, followed in 1996 by the Flexible Learning Centre, which played a major role in facilitating strategic directions for improving teaching and learning.
In 1997, UniSA became one of the first universities to identify seven Graduate Qualities, which remain central to teaching and learning framework, and adopted a Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation. A Statement of Strategic Intent was formalised in 1998 to clearly define the University's character and objectives, and the current divisional structure replaced the faculty structure.
Central to the University's evolution as a modern and diverse institution was Blueprint 2005, a $140 million project that saw the closure of the Underdale campus, the construction of major buildings at City West, City East and Mawson Lakes campuses, and the extension of others. Phase one was completed in early 2005 and phase two which included the construction of the Hawke Building at City West was completed in October 2007.
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
- School of Population Health
- School of Art, Architecture and Design
- School of Communication, International Studies and Languages
- School of Education 
- School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- The David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education & Research
- School of Commerce
- School of Law
- School of Management
- School of Marketing
- International Graduate School of Business
- School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
- School of Computer and Information Science
- School of Electrical and Information Engineering
- School of Mathematics and Statistics
- School of Natural and Built Environments
- Ian Wark Research Institute 
- Institute for Telecommunications Research 
- Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies (HRISS) 
- Sansom Institute for Health Research 
- The Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science 
- Barbara Hardy Institute for Sustainable Environments and Technologies 
Rankings and achievements
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In the 2012 QS World University Rankings UniSA was again ranked among the top three per cent of more than 10,000 universities worldwide. UniSA also increased its standing in The Times Higher Education rankings, and was ranked 23rd in the world (and number three in Australia) in the QS rankings of the top 50 universities aged under 50.
Programs are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry, and the 2013 Graduate Destination Survey found that 91% of UniSA graduates go on to full-time work are employed in a professional occupation within four months of completing their degree programs. It was ranked in the world's top 200 universities on the employer reputation index of the QS Rankings, and is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities.
In addition to its six research institutes, UniSA has 17 research centres and is a key partner in 13 Co-operative Research Centres. It ranks in the top one third of Australian universities for research income, and in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 evaluation more than 86 per cent of its assessed research was deemed to be of world-class standard or above.
UniSA also ranks in the top 10 nationally for the proportion of its staff with a doctorate (69 per cent compared to a national average of 64 per cent). In addition, its MBA program is one of only three in Australia to have held a five-star rating for five consecutive years (as awarded by the Graduate Management Association of Australia) and in the 2012 International Student Barometer the University's overall average rating was in the top five of participating Australian institutions.
UniSA's Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment has been acknowledged as a high-performing, progressive and engaging institute, earning rankings for its teaching and research including World Top 100, top six in Australia and the only university in South Australia in the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Engineering and Technology.
USASA (University of South Australia Student Association, formerly UniLife) is a democratic organisation run by students, which is responsive to student needs. USASA improves the quality of student life by providing administrative support to over 100 sporting and social clubs, a diverse range of events throughout the year and free advocacy and advice services, and also produces the UniSA student magazine UniLife Magazine.
After the passing of the voluntary student unionism legislation the activities and collective voice of students was significantly diminished. However this has spurred the student association to work hard to offer students better value for money.
ITEK is the technology commercialisation arm of the university. It was formed in 1999 to provide a framework for the management of intellectual property. ITEK provides a way to address industry requirements using the expertise and capabilities within the university. Through ITEK and the Wearable Computer Lab, the university established the augmented reality gaming company A-Rage, which has since disbanded.
- Australian Technology Network (ATN)
- Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC)
- Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
- Engineers Australia
- Andrew Baines (artist)
- D. M. Cornish, author
- Barbara Hanrahan, artist, printmaker and writer
- Jeffrey Smart, artist, studied at the South Australian School of Art and Crafts circa 1940
Business and commerce
- Rob Chapman, Managing Director, BankSA
- David Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Hills Industries
- Essington Lewis, Former Chairman of BHP (now BHP Biliton)
- Wilson Wan Sze Chung - founder and council chairman of the charity Hong Kong Caring Magic Circus.
- Faisal Hayat Khan, Physiotherapist, Pakistan National Cricket team
Journalism and media
- Sarah Cumming, weekday weather presenter on Seven News Sydney
- Georgina McGuinness, weekend anchor and reporter for National Nine News. (Alumna of SACAE, Magill campus, graduated 1987.)
- Rebecca Morse, Ten News presenter, former ABC reporter and presenter, and South Australian Media Awards Journalist of the Year in 2005.
- Indira Naidoo, consumer rights advocate and former television news presenter (ABC and SBS). (Alumna of SACAE.)
- Kelly Nestor, former co-anchor of National Nine News and former ABC, Channel Ten and Sky News Australia presenter. (Alumna of SACAE, Magill campus.)
- Verna Burnard,400m Montreal Olympic Games 1976
- John Gloster, physiotherapist for the Indian Cricket Team
- Jenny Williams, multi-sport athlete
- Bob Day, Senator
- Trish Draper, Liberal former member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Makin
- Glenn Docherty, Mayor of the City of Playford
- Iain Evans, former Leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia and former Leader of the Opposition in the South Australian parliament. (Alumnus of SAIT.)
- Christopher Pyne, Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Sturt, and former Minister for Ageing
- Dana Wortley, ALP member of the Australian Senate
- Nick Champion, ALP member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Wakefield
- The Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC, Liberal member of the Parliament of South Australia.
- Tom Kenyon, ALP member of the Parliament of South Australia representing the Electoral district of Newland
- The Hon. Mark Parnell MLC, SA Greens member of the Parliament of South Australia.
- Trish White, ALP member of the Parliament of South Australia representing the Electoral district of Taylor
- Tony Messner, former Liberal Senator for South Australia and federal Minister for Veterans Affairs
- Late Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew (1942–2010), Malaysian Member of Parliament, and Deputy Minister of Transportation of Malaysia.
- Lina Chiam, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament, Singapore
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