University of Adelaide

University Information, Campus and History
(Adelaide, South Australia - SA, Australia)

Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide - known to locals as Adelaide Uni - is one of the oldest public universities in Australia. With more than 19,200 students, it is the second largest university in the South Australian territory. It is also one of the most recognised institutions of higher learning, having produced a number of Rhodes scholars and Nobel laureates. The university's reputation for providing only the best quality education has earned for it a place in the prestigious Group of Eight. Its school of law and school of medicine are among the best in the world.

The University of Adelaide was founded on November 6, 1874. Its initial funding came from Walter Watson Hughes - one of the greatest copper miners of that time. His £20,000 donation enabled the university to establish a sound curriculum and install facilities under its first Chancellor, Sir Richard Hanson and its first Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Augustus Short. Its main campus was built in the middle of the North Terrace cultural boulevard, and is now flanked by prominent cultural establishments such as the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the famous State Library of South Australia.

The university was pioneering in many ways. It was the first ever university in Australia to grant degrees in science, and also the first to permit women to enroll. Through the years, the university expanded to four more campuses throughout the vicinity, namely:
  • Roseworthy College (Roseworthy)
  • Research Park (Thebarton)
  • Waite Institute (Glen Osmond)
  • National Wine Centre (Adelaide Park Lands)

The university is still known for providing one of the best mathematics research and teaching courses, and is also hailed for its engineering and biotechnology courses. In fact, The University of Adelaide is the main source of manpower for the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Many of the university's physics and engineering graduates work there. Recently, the university's course offerings were expanded to include marketable courses such as information studies, business studies, oenology, agriculture, viticulture, and even wine science in its National Wine Centre and Waite campuses. Graduates of such courses have been indispensable in the booming wine industry of the South Australian region.


All four campuses of the University of Adelaide offer state-of-the-art lecture theatres equipped with the latest technology, modern research laboratories, and continuous worldwide access to the best resources. The main campus has been renovated recently to accommodate new buildings, lecture theatres, and seminar rooms. The university is located in the heart of the city and has one of the best facilities, so it is a very popular host to both national and international conferences.

Famous Students

The University of Adelaide has produced many Nobel laureates and renowned scholars. Among the most distinguished is Dr, Rod Crewther, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, and Mathai Varghese, a world-renowned pure mathematician.

Contact University of Adelaide:
Address: Student Center, North Terrace Campus, Level 4, Wills Building, The University Of Adelaide, South Australia (SA), 5005, Australia
Tel: +61 8 8313 5208 toll-free: +1 800 061 459
Email: use website enquiry form
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