Being one of Australia's prime research and teaching universities, UNSW has a broad range and high quality of teaching programs. The teaching gains strength and currency from the research activities. The university has strong industry links. The university is characterized by an international nature, a strong regional and global engagement.
The University was formed by an Act of the Parliament of New South Wales in 1949 in Sydney. The university's character and idea can be traced back to the formation of the Sydney Mechanics Institute in 1843. It led to the formation of the Sydney Technical College in 1878.