Who we are
UTS is a public university of technology defined by our support for the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our communities. We are measured by the success of our students, staff and partners and committed to research, innovation and the dissemination of knowledge of public value. We are, and always will be, an inclusive university.
UTS has a culturally diverse campus life and vibrant international exchange study and research programs that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future. Our campus is in the heart of Sydney's creative and digital precinct and alongside Sydney's central business district. Continuing a 10-year period of major development, the ongoing transformation of the UTS campus will ensure we continue to maintain and develop a purpose- and sustainably-built campus to support innovation in education and research.
Our UTS 2027 strategy outlines our vision to be “a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact” . Our purpose is to advance knowledge and learning through research-inspired teaching, research with impact and partnerships with industry, the professions and community. UTS is part of the Australian Technology Network of universities: a group of prominent universities committed to working with industry and government to deliver practical and professional courses.
With a total enrolment of over 44,000 students, UTS is one of the largest universities in Australia.
What we do
UTS offers over 130 undergraduate and 210 postgraduate courses across traditional and emerging disciplines such as architecture, built environment, business, communication, design, education, engineering, information technology, international studies, law, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy and science.
In line with the UTS model of global practice-oriented learning, many of our students undertake professional practice during their degree. As part of their degree program, students also have the opportunity to study at one of more than 185 universities in about 40 countries with which UTS has exchange agreements.
Our world leading research centres span a range of disciplines, including physical, biological and engineering sciences, and contemporary fields such as design, nanotechnology and sustainability. Our researchers provide practical and relevant solutions to issues of national and international importance and equip graduates with the latest discipline specific skills and practices.
We also maintain strong relationships with the local community, industry, business and the professions through a wide range of partnerships, projects and events.
As a public purpose institution, UTS is committed to supporting positive social change within and beyond our campus. This commitment is reflected by a diverse set of institution wide social justice initiatives that have only expanded in scope and impact since UTS was established. Student-based programs, focused research and innovative teaching approaches aim to create a more just and equitable world.
On 26 January 1988 — with the commencement of the University of Technology, Sydney, Act — the former New South Wales Institute of Technology became the University of Technology, Sydney.
The New South Wales Institute of Technology was established in 1964. The School of Design of the former Sydney College of the Arts was incorporated into the Institute on 25 January 1988.
On 1 January 1990, the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education and the Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education were amalgamated with the existing University of Technology, Sydney to form the current UTS. On 1 August 2015, the comma was removed from the University’s title to become the current University of Technology Sydney.
The purpose and functions of UTS are outlined in the University of Technology Sydney Act 1989 (NSW) and in the constitutions of its controlled entities.
UTS has over 3000 staff with a strong commitment to our friendly, collaborative and equitable culture. We are passionate about our commitment to learning and innovation that is relevant to today's world, and benefits local and international communities.
We are one of Australia’s leading universities of technology that has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions.
Our City campus is in the heart of Sydney's creative precinct and alongside Sydney's central business district. We are conveniently located near vibrant shopping centres with major supermarkets, and right next to Central Station, the hub of all train lines in Sydney including the LightRail, as well as Railway Square, a major bus interchange.
Over the next three years, the final phase of our City Campus Master Plan will deliver a state-of-the-art campus to meet the needs of 21st century students.
We have a strong culture of:
- performance excellence demonstrated through high international rankings
- social justice, equity and respect for diversity. Reflected in how we do our work, our diverse staff and students, our inclusive teaching and learning, and our engagement with the wider community
- developing our staff and offering a comprehensive range of professional and career development activities, including an attractive study support scheme
- recognition and rewards to our staff for high performance in researching, teaching and learning, human rights and professional excellence.
Our values guide our performance and interactions with each other, with students, our partners and the wider community:
- Discover and share new knowledge and new ways to lead through our teaching, research, intellectual debate and use of technology.
- Engage and collaborate with each other, our students, alumni, partners, professions and communities, locally and internationally.
- Empower each other and our students to grow, contribute, challenge and make a difference.
- Deliver on our obligations to each other, our students, our partners and communities while maintaining high standards and ethical behaviour.
- Sustain our local and global environment, organisational health and our ability to create a positive, viable future.