University of Canberra

University Information, Campus and History
(Canberra, Australian Capital Territory - ACT, Australia)

The University of Canberra (UC) is located in Bruce, Canberra. It is found near the Belconnen Town Centre and is approximately eight kilometres away from Canberra's business centre. The university was ranked 8th among Australian universities for learning and teaching excellence in 2005.

UC was formerly known as the Canberra College of Advance Education. It was founded in 1967 with the aim of providing Australia with the highest quality of undergraduate education. The College was given university status in 1990 when it became known as the University of Canberra. In 2002, UC founded a second campus at the South Bank of Brisbane.

UC is geared towards providing quality vocational education to local and foreign students. It offers undergraduate and graduate courses for full-time and part-time students, and a range of short courses for professionals. Aside from quality education, UC also provides training and development programs for businesses and organisations.

The university's undergraduate courses are housed in three academic schools: Health, Design and Science; Communication and Education; and Business, Law, and Information Sciences. These undergraduate courses are open to both local and foreign students who have passed the necessary examinations and assessment tests. UC's undergraduate courses include biomedical science, psychology, management, nursing, communication, design, journalism, sports studies, architecture, and education. Because of the variety of courses it offers, UC boasts of having one of the highest number of employed graduates in Australia.

Aside from its undergraduate courses, the university also provides graduate education for those who want to pursue their undergraduate degrees. These postgraduate courses have flexible schedules to accommodate the students' busy work schedule, and they are offered in web-based, intensive teaching, or distance education formats. UC's postgraduate courses are offered in Australia and in countries with tie-ups to UC like Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the South Pacific.

Presently, the University of Canberra has over 10,000 enrollees from 90 countries. Thirty-seven percent of the enrollees are part-time students. Sixty percent of its population are under 25, with women comprising 55% of the current student population. A big percentage of its international students come from the Asia-Pacific, with smaller percentages coming from Europe, Middle East, North and South America, and Africa.

Because of its location, UC has easy access to Bruce's technology park, the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Australian Institute of Sport, a few government agencies, and a big hospital. Its vast campus houses a number of libraries, recreational facilities, and student accommodation. The UC student union organises various yearly events and activities that range from movie presentations to outdoor sports competitions in triathlon, cycling, netball, hockey, roller blading, skiing, soccer, and rugby.


With its 120-hectare expanse of ground, the University of Canberra is home to different facilities for students and faculties. At the heart of the university is a place called The Hub, which is composed of computers stores, a post office, book shop, bank, newsagent, café, and chemist. Beside The Hub is the university bar where students can unwind and relax.

The University of Canberra Union (UCU) offers an academic student program designed to help new and old students in keeping up with their lessons. The program holds workshops on study skills, efficient reading, essay writing, grammar, and time management. Members of the programs also give individual consultations to interested students. These one-on-one sessions provide more detailed and specific workshops for the student in need. Aside from academic help, the UCU also provides students with activities like film showings, concerts, and sport competitions. It hosts yearly events like the Gender Bender, Stone Week, O-Week, and Market Daze.

The UC also has a computer centre that gives the students access to the university's microcomputer and network facilities. The students can use the latest computers, printers, and CD-ROM software for their academic papers, exams, and reports. Internet access is also available in the computer centre 24 hours a day, all year round.

The university library is the students' primary research resource. It carries a wide range of serials and book collections that students can browse through, borrow, and photocopy. A number of electronic information databases are also available, as well as a few audio visual facilities. The library is also a place for students to hold group studies and tutorial sessions.

Famous Students

The University of Canberra boasts a number of students who have become successful in various fields. Rugby player George Gregan, Olympic rowing athlete Megan Still, and children's author Morris Gleitzman are some of its most famous students.

Prospective applicants may inquire about the university's course offerings, admission requirements, and examination procedures. Interested students can inquire at + 6201 5342 or email the university at

Contact University of Canberra:
Address: University Drive, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 2617, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 6201 5111
Fax: +61 (0)2 6201 5999
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