New APRU Member – The University of Adelaide
January 18, 2023

About the University of Adelaide

At the University of Adelaide, innovation and world-class teaching and learning are built on a rich history of excellence spanning almost 150 years since our establishment in 1874.

The University of Adelaide– a member of Australia’s Group of Eight research-intensive universities – is consistently rated by the QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) amongst the top 1% of universities worldwide.

With over 29,000 students from more than 100 countries and 3,000+ staff, half of whom were born overseas, the University’s deep global connections are integral to its vision of building a better future for all.

Many of our staff and teachers are internationally recognised leaders in their fields. Our expertise spans a range of disciplines, and we rank in the top-100 globally in many subject areas including engineering, agriculture, computer science, veterinary science, geology, energy and earth sciences, water resources, dentistry, nursing, clinical medicine and public health.

The University’s greatest asset is our 160,000 strong global alumni community who are making an impact around the world. Our distinguished staff and alumni include five Nobel Laureates; over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous recipient; Australia’s first female prime minister; and Australia’s first female supreme court judge.

We partner with leading higher education institutions, research centres, corporations and government agencies across the globe, and work with them to solve the most pressing global challenges and shape future global leaders.

The University has four campuses: three in South Australia at North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy; and one in Melbourne, Victoria.

About joining APRU

The University of Adelaide’s globally recognised strengths in agriculture, technology, energy, sustainability, health, society and culture support the strategic priorities of APRU and have enabled us to make a significant contribution to addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our times.

The University’s Waite campus is amongst the three largest agricultural research, education and commercialisation precincts in the southern hemisphere and our Centre for Global Food and Resources tackles critical issues for global food systems. The Australian Institute for Machine Learning is a global leader in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

APRU’s strategic priority of addressing climate change is also a long-standing priority for the University. Trans-disciplinary teams in the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources and the Environment Institute are leading programs in climate and biodiversity, marine and freshwater ecosystems, urban and regional landscapes and water quality, among others. Research centres such as the Centre for Energy Technology and the Centre for Materials in Energy and Catalysis are making significant contributions to the transition to renewable energy.

The University also has strengths across a wide range of health and medical research including reproductive and child health, cancer, aging and global health. Our Dental School is ranked among the world’s best.

Like APRU, the University of Adelaide places a high value on supporting diversity, inclusion, and minorities, and providing global experiences for students. We have been among the leading Australian universities for student mobility and continue to seek opportunities to engage with partners to provide high quality options for students. The University also has a strong focus on both indigenous education through its Wiltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education centre, and on indigenous languages and language reclamation.

“Through APRU membership, the University of Adelaide seeks to strengthen strategic partnerships and collaboration with other member institutions and to extend our global network,” says Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President. “Our membership will enable expansion of our research and education activities, and furnish us with the ability to generate high quality international and domestic experiences for our students. Our expertise in research areas of strength will synergise with those of APRU and I look forward to constructive engagement with other APRU members through this valuable forum.”


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