University of Canberra
The University of Canberra (UC) is a public university in Bruce, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The campus is within walking distance of Westfield Belconnen, and 8.7 km (5.4 mi) distance to Canberra's Civic Centre. UC offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering five faculties: Health, Art and Design, Business, Government and Law, Education and Science and Technology.
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|Established||1967 (CAE) |
1990 (University Status)
|Chancellor||Tom Calma |
|Campus||Urban 296 acres (1.2 km2) (Bruce campus)|
|Affiliations||ASAIHL, New Generation Universities|
UC partners with two local ACT schools: UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra and University of Canberra High School Kaleen. The University of Canberra College provides pathways into university for domestic and international students.
The University of Canberra was first established in 1967 as the Canberra College of Advanced Education. The Canberra CAE became the University of Canberra under sponsorship of Monash University in 1990.
Over 70,000 students have graduated from the university since 1970.
The University of Canberra has grown by seventy-eight percent since 2007, going from 7,300 students to over 13,000 in 2014. The median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of UC students is approximately 71.
Foundation stone and Stone DayEdit
At the end of the year after classes finish but before exams, Stone Day was once held, a music festival with local bands, which lasted several days. The day before it was known as Stone Eve. It started as a celebration held annually to mark the placing of the foundation stone by Prime Minister John Gorton on 28 October 1968. The stone is displayed near Building 1 at the University, and an inscription on it reads:
This Stone was unveiled by the right honourable J.G. Gorton, M.P., Prime Minister of Australia, on 28 October 1968, to mark the establishment of the Canberra College of Advanced Education.
Over the years the Stone Day program gradually became larger and larger, eventually encompassing an entire week and transforming into one of Australia's most popular music festivals. The first foundation celebrations were held in 1971. In 1973 Stone Day celebrations were held over two days, which was expanded to take up a whole week in 1976. In the 1980s and 1990s, Stoneweek became a popular Canberra entertainment event, which in 2000 became Stonefest. Beginning in 2012, the Stonefest event was not held for a number of years at the University of Canberra. In 2014, the University decided to create a 'Stonefest' mini music festival where there was a DJ and numerous activities. It was not received well, and has not been held since. In June 2019 the University of Canberra announced that Stonefest would return in October in an expanded format, with both local and international acts performing.
The University has one campus, located in the suburb of Bruce, which covers 290 acres of buildings, roads and access routes. Being a small University with a small campus, there are just over 28 buildings, each dedicated to a particular discipline of learning or faculty. Most of these buildings are arranged around the main concourse. Each building is numbered and many do not hold any title or namesake. New students are always advised during orientation week that the buildings are not numbered in a particular order however, the buildings around the concourse are progressively numbered in a counter-clockwise direction from building 1. It is a common myth that the numbers relate to when each building was constructed, however, a master plan was designed to have these building around the concourse numbered this way.
The University of Canberra Library is located in Building 8. The Library aims to provide a range of high quality scholarly information resources and services to the University community. The building has four floors.
The Refectory is the main food hall located in Building 1, operated by the UC Union. It provides a laid-back area to study or socialise, with cafes, post office, general shop, pool tables, and lounges, and is also concert venue. Upstairs there are study rooms which can be booked by students and staff.
The Hub is located under the main concourse, providing cafes, a hairdressing salon, and a branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The University of Canberra's student radio station 87.8 UCFM studios are also located in The Hub. The UC HUB also hosts DJs that have seen the likes such as D-Jindy, ARMADYLO, Whole Different as well as No Result. These DJs have brought major crowds to the University resulting in some of the best parties the University has seen.
A sport and fitness centre is located in Building 29 with gym facilities and is home to Brumbies Rugby administration. There are basketball and squash courts nearby in Building 4, and various sporting ovals available.
There are three accommodation options for students - UniLodge (consisting of Cooper Lodge, Weeden Lodge and more recently UC Lodge, all run by UniLodge Australia Pty Ltd), Campus West (run by UniLodge) and University Gardens (located in neighbor suburb of Belconnen, run by UniGardens Pty). All options are provided to all students, including international students.
Organisation and administrationEdit
The current Vice-Chancellor of the University since 6 April 2020 is Professor Paddy Nixon, a technologist and computer scientist. The former Vice-Chancellor from 1 September 2016 to 21 December 2019 was Professor Deep Saini, a plant physiologist.
Like most Australian universities, University of Canberra derives the majority of its revenue from Australian Government funding and student fees. The ACT Government provides around one percent of the university's operating budget.
The five faculties are:
- Arts & Design
Arts and design primarily provides students with the skills to be successful in a wide range of careers in the contemporary arts and communication. Arts and design specialises in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing and Poetry, International Studies, and Media Arts. The faculty has two schools: School of Design and the Built Environment and School of Arts and Communication.
- Business, Government and Law
The Business Government and Law Faculty provides students with a choice and flexibility together with real world experience. Students have the option to major in over 70 areas from across the University. Students can venture into Accounting, Applied Economics, Business Administration, Business Informatics, Construction, Economics, Finance, Law, Management, Marketing, Politics, Sociology, Public Policy, Tourism, and Urban and Regional Planning.
The Faculty of Health prepares allied health professionals, including nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists & vision scientists, psychologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dietitians, nutritionists, radiologists, speech pathologists, exercise scientists, and sports management professionals.
- Science and Technology
UC also offers a range of double degrees that combine two degrees from different faculties.
|University of Canberra|
|ERA National||33 |
The university is named among the world's top 20 young universities in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings. The university has risen to number 18 from number 34 in the latest THE's list of the best universities under 50 years of age.
The university has a number of research centres relating to its areas of research strength. These are:
- Institute for Applied Ecology
- Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
- Research Institute for Sport and Exercise
- Health Research Institute
- Centre for Creative and Cultural Research
- News and Media Research Centre
- Centre for Research and Action in Public Health
- Centre for Research in Therapeutic Solutions
- STEM Education Research Centre
- SYNERGY Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
- Nexus Research Centre
- Canberra Urban and Regional Futures
- Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative
- Murray-Darling Basin Futures Collaborative Research Network
- Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
Notable staff members include/have included:
- Janine Deakin, geneticist
- John Dryzek, political scientist
- Patricia Easteal, Professor of Law
- Donald Horne, journalist, writer, social critic, historian and public intellectual
- Peter Leahy, former Chief of Army (Australia)
- Ingrid Moses, Emeritus Professor and a former Chancellor
- Susan Ryan, one-time Labor government Minister
Shane Drumgold SC, Director of Public Prosecutions (ACT)
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