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Facts & figures

  • #1 in Australia and #4 in the world for graduate employability
  • #22 in the world for Arts and Humanities
  • #25 in the world for Social Sciences
  • 2020 QS World University Rankings

Industry partnerships

Working together on research and education
We collaborate with our partners to create opportunities for research projects, student internships, interdisciplinary learning programs and professional development courses.

Our faculty consistently ranks in the top 20 Arts and Social Sciences faculties in the world. By collaborating with us, you'll have access to leading humanities research as well as some of the brightest students in the country.

We are proud of our network of project partners and always welcome new opportunities to work with business, industry, arts, educational, government and non-profit organisations.

Our collaborations lead to genuinely reciprocal outcomes, providing openings for sharing knowledge and resources as well as innovative research developments that create cultural, economic and social benefits for the wider community.

Here are some of the ways we can work together.

Draw on the multidisciplinary power of humanities research and collaborate with us on local or global projects. Some of our current initiatives include:

Open Adoption studies with Barnardos Australia

We’re actively researching the factors influencing adoptions in Australia to bring about a positive change in the culture, policy, and practice of permanency planning in NSW.

Supporting the next generation of research talent with the ABC

A greater appreciation and understanding of Australian research will result from our media residency program, supporting academics with a flair for communicating their vital work.

Working with NSW Government to strengthen community languages education

Responding to the global demand for language skills, we're designing programs to support 54 languages and offering advanced professional learning courses for volunteer community language teachers.

Raising awareness of South Sea Islander lives and communities with Queensland Museum

We’re integrating archaeology, museology, and cultural landscape research to look at histories of Australian South Sea Islanders’ lives and communities.

Together we can create transformative education programs that tackle real-world challenges. Some of our current learning opportunities include:

Conservation leadership with Taronga Zoo

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, our new Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) degree forms a gateway to the zoo campus, providing students with authentic learning environments and the skills to secure a healthy future for wildlife and people.

Interdisciplinary Impact with Westmead Precinct

Students from a variety of disciplines combine and respond to the challenges of the Westmead Precinct, including improving the accessibility of dental services and enhancing the hospital experience for children and their families.

Investigating and advising on tech policy at NSW Parliament

Students work together to present briefs to state leaders, offering recommendations on the use of drones by law enforcement; the relationship of social media and youth mental health; and whether existing laws adequately cover abuse in domestic violence contexts.

We offer internship opportunities that unleash the creative and intellectual potential of arts and social sciences students. Our students enhance your day‑to‑day operations and gain valuable exposure to industry processes and networks. In turn, you can tap into a pool of talented future employees. Find out more about student placements.

Some of our partners include:

  • Accenture
  • ACON
  • Allianz
  • Australian Network on Disability
  • BT Investment Management
  • Challenger
  • City of Sydney
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Macquarie Bank
  • NBCUniversal
  • Pfizer
  • PwC
  • Telstra
  • Westpac

Continuing professional development

We offer a wide range of purpose-designed and industry-accredited workshops, short courses and conferences in education and social work settings and beyond.

School drama with the Sydney Theatre Company

Together with one of the country’s premier arts organisations we’re providing a suite of creative workshops that strengthen the teaching of English and literacy development to children.

Libby Graham

Head, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement
The opportunity to engage with such amazing young minds has been a joy for my team. We’re looking forward to an ongoing relationship with the University of Sydney.
Mark Webb, Chief Executive, NSW Department of Parliamentary Services