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University of South Australia
Latin: Universitas Australia Australis
Motto Educating professionals. Creating and applying knowledge. Engaging our communities.
Established 1991 from SAIT and SACAE
Type Public
Chancellor Ian Gould [1][2]
Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj[3][4]
Undergraduates 23 723
Postgraduates 8 464
Location Adelaide and Whyalla, South Australia, Australia
Campus Urban
Organisations Member of Australian Technology Network
Website www.unisa.edu.au

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. However, one of its antecedent institutions, the South Australian School of Arts, dates back to 1856 which makes it one of the oldest art schools in Australia. It is the largest university in South Australia with more than 32,000 students.

The university is a leading expert in technical education and applied research, as well being a founding member of the Australian Technology Network. It has four metropolitan campuses in Adelaide and two regional campuses in Whyalla and Mount Gambier. The metro campuses have specific academic focuses: City West and Magill focus on architecture, the arts, humanities and social sciences; City East specialises in health, biomedical, pharmaceutical and nursing programmes; Mawson Lakes teaches technical, educational and scientific disciplines. The regional campuses are more generalist. It has no department of history.

University of South Australia was ranked 291st in the 2007 Times Higher Education Supplement Top 400 Universities list.[5]

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.

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History

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

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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 campuses of the SACAE.

Hartley CAE was in turn formed from the 1979 merger of Murray Park CAE and Kingston CAE.

Origins of the Colleges of Advanced Education[9]

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,[10] 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

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.[11]
  • 1960 The South Australian School of Mines and Industries and the Adelaide Technical High School (established 1918) combined to form the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT). The SAIT was made up of three campuses, all of which remain a part of the University of South Australia.[9][11]
  • 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.[11]

Campuses

UniSA City East Campus, Brookman Building
UniSA City West Campus
UniSA Magill Campus

There are two Adelaide central business district (CBD) campuses, and there are two metropolitan campuses at Mawson Lakes (formerly The Levels) and Magill. In the implementation of the university's AU$100 million Blueprint 2005 project, campuses at Salisbury and Underdale were closed and the programs moved to the remaining campuses.

City East

City East (between The University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital), north of North Terrace on the site of the former South Australian Institute of Technology, and before that, the School of Mines. This campus focuses on the health, biomedical and nursing professions.

As of 2007 the City East campus is undergoing major reconstruction to the historic Brookman Building.[12]

City West

City West is located between North Terrace and Hindley Street in buildings constructed in the 1990s for the new campus. This campus is the home of the Schools of Business, and Art. The terminus of the Glenelg Tram is located on North Terrace in front of the campus.

Magill

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

Mawson Lakes campus is the main campus for the Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment, has state-of-the-art research facilities, an extensive library and collaborative links with nearby Technology Park.

Parafield

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

Whyalla's academic programs in business, social work, and nursing along with research opportunities in rural health and community development reflect UniSA's commitment to providing access to higher education. See Whyalla

Mount Gambier

The UniSA Mount Gambier campus is located next to Mount Gambier TAFE centre. The campus offers 3 degrees, full-time or part-time in Accountancy, Nursing and Social Work. Mount Gambier

Structure

Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences[13]

A number of Schools have recently merged within the Division.

  • School of Art, Architecture and Design[14]
  • School of Communication, International Studies and Languages[15]
  • School of Education [16]
  • School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy[17]
  • The David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education & Research[18]
  • (Previous Schools:
    • School of Communication, Information and New Media[19]
    • School of Education[20]
    • School of International Studies[21]
    • Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design[22]
    • School of Psychology[23]
    • School of Social Work and Social Policy[24]
    • South Australian School of Art[25]
    • The Unaipon School[26])

Division of Health Sciences[27]

  • School of Health Sciences[28]
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery[29]
  • School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences[30]

Division of Business[31]

  • School of Commerce[32]
  • School of Law[33]
  • School of Management[34]
  • School of Marketing[35]
  • International Graduate School of Business[36]

Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment[37]

  • School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering[38]
  • School of Computer and Information Science[39]
    • Advanced Computing Research Centre[40]
    • Wearable Computer Lab.[41]
  • School of Electrical and Information Engineering[42]
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics[43]
  • School of Natural and Built Environments[44]

Student Activities

UniLife (Students Association) is a democratic organisation run by students, which is responsive to student needs. UniLife role is to improve the quality of student life by providing administrative support to Sporting & Social Clubs, diverse range of events for students to enjoy throughout the year and to provide free advocacy & advice services and also produces the UniSA student magazine titled "UniLife Magazine".

UniLife associated clubs & societies

  • Badminton Club
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Canoe Club
  • City to Bay Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Indian Students Association
  • Indoor Soccer Club - The Union
  • Inline Hockey Club
  • Judo - City East
  • Judo Club
  • Karate Club
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Rockclimbing Club
  • Shodokan Aikido
  • Taekwondo Club
  • The Boardriders
  • Touch Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • UniSA Adelaide Phoenixes - Men's Soccer
  • UniSA Basketball
  • UniSA Lions Hockey Club
  • UniSA Motorsport
  • UniSA Pilots Club
  • UniSA Rowing Club
  • UniSA Womens Soccer Club- Infernos
  • University Games 2009 Mixed Netty
  • University Games Beach Volleyball 09 - Gold Coast
  • Waterski Club

Research Institutes

Commercialisation

ITEK was formed in 1999, its role is to implement an integrated framework for the management of intellectual property, from the early stages of research through to commercialisation (from the ITEK website).

Through ITEK and the Wearable Computer Lab, the University has established the first gaming company A-Rage which solely looks at augmented reality gaming systems.

Affiliations

Notable alumni

Arts

  • D. M. Cornish, author
  • Alexandra Felgate, artist and painter
  • Julie Woodward, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Arts Queensland

Business and commerce

  • Robin Adair, Chief Financial Officer, Emeco Holdings Ltd.
  • Stephen Babidge, Executive Director, Contango Asset Management
  • Cameron Blanks, Director, Pacific Equity Partners
  • Terry Bowen, Managing Director, Industrial & Safety; Wesfarmers
  • John Bowyer, Head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure, Babcock & Brown
  • Linton Burns, Chief Financial Officer, Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Rob Chapman, Managing Director, BankSA
  • Le Neves Groves, Joint Managing Director, ABC Learning Centres
  • Mike Hill, Director, Ironbridge Capital
  • John Piteo, Chief Financial Officer, Funds SA
  • Jamie Shanks, Director, Firmex Inc.
  • David Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Hills Industries
  • Neville Spry, Managing Director, Gresham Investment House
  • Joshua Williamson, Senior Strategist, TD Securities

Journalism and media

Sports

Politics

References

  1. ^ "Geologist appointed UniSA chancellor". The Advertiser. 22 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Chancellor's office". UniSA website. http://www.unisa.edu.au/cha/chaoffice/default.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Professor back where he belongs". The City Messenger. 6 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "Vice Chancellor and President's office". UniSA website. http://www.unisa.edu.au/cha/vcoffice/default.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2007 - Top 400 Universities". http://www.topuniversities.com/worlduniversityrankings/results/2007/overall_rankings/top_400_universities/. 
  6. ^ "Australian Higher Education Institutions: Mergers and Amalgamations 1987-2004" (PDF). Universities Australia website. http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/documents/universities/AustralianHEMerges-Amalgamations.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  7. ^ "SA's campus makeover". The Advertiser. 27 November 2002. 
  8. ^ "BLUEPRINT UniSA - ADVERTISING FEATURE - Ambitious plan a reality". The Advertiser. 26 April 2005. 
  9. ^ a b "UniSA genealogy". UniSA website. http://www.unisa.edu.au/about/intro/genealogy.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  10. ^ School of Art History Project
  11. ^ a b c UniSA Milestones
  12. ^ Celebrating 100 years of education at UniSA’s ‘secular cathedral’, UniSA Media Release, 9 December 2003.
  13. ^ Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, www.unisa.edu.au
  14. ^ School of Art, Architecture and Design, www.unisa.edu.au
  15. ^ School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, www.unisa.edu.au
  16. ^ School of Education, www.unisa.edu.au
  17. ^ School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, www.unisa.edu.au
  18. ^ The David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education & Research, www.unisa.edu.au
  19. ^ School of Communication, Information and New Media, www.unisa.edu.au
  20. ^ School of Education, www.unisa.edu.au
  21. ^ School of International Studies, www.unisa.edu.au
  22. ^ Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, www.unisa.edu.au
  23. ^ School of Psychology, www.unisa.edu.au
  24. ^ School of Social Work and Social Policy, www.unisa.edu.au
  25. ^ South Australian School of Art, www.unisa.edu.au
  26. ^ The Unaipon School, www.unisa.edu.au
  27. ^ Division of Health Sciences, www.unisa.edu.au
  28. ^ School of Health Sciences, www.unisa.edu.au
  29. ^ School of Nursing and Midwifery, www.unisa.edu.au
  30. ^ School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, www.unisa.edu.au
  31. ^ Division of Business, www.unisa.edu.au
  32. ^ School of Commerce, www.unisa.edu.au
  33. ^ School of Law, www.unisa.edu.au
  34. ^ School of Management, www.unisa.edu.au
  35. ^ School of Marketing, www.unisa.edu.au
  36. ^ International Graduate School of Business, www.unisa.edu.au
  37. ^ Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
  38. ^ School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
  39. ^ School of Computer and Information Science, unisa.edu.au
  40. ^ Advanced Computing Research Centre, unisa.edu.au
  41. ^ Wearable Computer Lab., unisa.edu.au
  42. ^ School of Electrical and Information Engineering
  43. ^ School of Mathematics and Statistics, www.unisa.edu.au
  44. ^ School of Natural and Built Environments, www.unisa.edu.au
  45. ^ Sansom Institute for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science, www.unisa.edu.au
  46. ^ Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, www.marketingscience.info

External links

Coordinates: 34°55′14″S 138°36′24″E / 34.92049°S 138.60678°E / -34.92049; 138.60678


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