About UNSW Canberra

Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy has been educating defence leaders for half a century.  UNSW Canberra graduates shape Australia, the region and the international community as leaders in defence, government, and industry.

Through our experience in education and our achievements in research, we excel in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research students across arts, business, engineering, IT and science.  Our undergraduate programs are tailored to the educational needs of members of the Australian Defence Force, while our graduate and doctoral research programs are available to all students.

UNSW Canberra is the only national academic institution with an integrated defence focus. Its strength is in defence related, security and engineering research. UNSW Canberra has the highest teacher to student ratio in Australian higher education. UNSW Canberra graduates almost double of postgraduate students compare to undergraduate students, reflecting our growth and strength as an excellent, full service university campus.

Approximately 46% of UNSW Canberra undergraduates are the first in their immediate family to study at a university. For UNSW as a whole the figure is 42%- both figures are higher than typical for Go8 universities, demonstrating the real impact of education in social change.

UNSW Canberra has a number of Research Centres:

  • the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) brings together expertise in history, ethics, politics and business to study armed conflict and society.  ACSACS is not just about the lessons of war, but about identifying lessons to better understand how nations can successfully re-build after conflict.
  • The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) is a unique, interdisciplinary cyber-security research and teaching centre that provides cutting-edge, long-term, international thought-leadership in cyber security through research, education and external engagement.
  • The Capability Systems Centre is an industry Centre that undertakes research and education in a range of disciplinary areas relevant to the delivery of capability systems and systems acquisition: systems science, systems thinking, complex systems, system of systems, systems engineering, requirements engineering, and project management.

UNSW Canberra has unique state of the art facilities and resources:

  • UNSW Canberra has Australia’s only teaching cyber range.
  • UNSW Canberra is the first place in Australia and the second in the Southern Hemisphere to house one of 12 telescopes as part of the Falcon Telescope Network that allows monitoring of fast moving space debris and satellites for space situational awareness (space debris tracking) and astronomy focusing on education outreach.
  • UNSW Canberra’s Academy Library Special Collections are of national significance. They include including over 300 manuscript collections, 13,000 rare items, the papers of former Prime Minister John Howard; the largest collections of historical ship photographs in Australia; personal papers and literary manuscripts of modern and contemporary Australian writers; and a significant military history collection including a suite of unique databases and oral histories. 


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