University achievements

UniSA’s reputation for excellence is reflected in a range of recent independent assessments and rankings, research outcomes, and staff and student achievements.

It is also built upon the paths forged by our pioneering, antecedent institutions whose contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of South Australia date back more than 150 years. Those organisations include:

Today, the university continues to earn national and global recognition for outstanding achievement in a number of areas including:

Institutional awards and rankings

  • In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, UniSA is in the top 300 ranked at 288 up from 333 in 2014. UniSA is one of only two Australian institutions aged under 25 to feature in the top 300 of the QS rankings in 2015.
  • The UniSA Business School is one of only 163 schools worldwide, and one of just nine in Australia, accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • UniSA was awarded a 5-star rating for 'Socioeconomic Equity' in the 2016 Good Universities Guide.

Teaching and learning

  • UniSA’s new learning centre, the Jeffrey Smart Building, valued at $85m, opened at City West in 2014 providing integrated learning spaces, library resources and support services.
  • Construction of UniSA’s new $12m Learning Centre in Mount Gambier began in 2015.
  • • UniSA's MBA has been awarded a Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) 5-star rating for the 7th consecutive year. UniSA is one of only two universities to have attained such an outstanding achievement.


  • The 2015 national Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation reported that 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above, indicating an eightfold improvement in our research quality in the past three years.
  • The 16 core areas of research that achieved the maximum ERA “five” rating include: Psychology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical Physiology, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Human Movement and Sports Science, Clinical Sciences, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Environmental Science and Management, Physical Chemistry (Incl. Structural), Applied Mathematics.
  • UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro and Associate Professor Frank Bruno were awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prizes in 2015. Prof Monro was named in The Australian’s “Knowledge Nation 100”.
  • In the NHMRC grant allocations announced in November 2015, UniSA received more than $8 million in funding.

Student experience

  • In 2014, UniSA had more than 1,100 PhD students, including more than 300 international students from 54 countries.
  • On average over the past five years 90 per cent of UniSA graduates going on to full-time work are employed in a professional occupation within four months of completing their degree.

Further achievements are detailed here.

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