Western Sydney University celebrates 30 years of Unlimited.

As Western Sydney University prepares to mark its 30th anniversary, it is a timely opportunity to celebrate the University’s history and acknowledge the vital role it has played in the social and economic transformation of the burgeoning Western Sydney region.

Formally constituted on 1 January 1989, the University has grown to become one of the world’s leading universities and the largest, most established higher education institution in Western Sydney, with over 48,000 students, 3,000 staff and a cohort – both locally and globally – of more than 180,000 alumni.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the University is firmly embedded in Western Sydney and inextricably tied to the region’s remarkable growth and development.

“This is a University that was designed to serve Greater Western Sydney – bringing the highest quality educational opportunities and world-class research expertise to the region, often in collaboration and co-designed with our private and public sector partners,” said Professor Glover.

“The University is a source of great pride and achievement for the people of Western Sydney. More than 65 percent of our students are the first in their family to go to university.”

“Our successes and aspirations reflect those of the region and its people. Not only is Western Sydney University a world-class teaching and research institution, but it is also a thought leader; a knowledge and employment generator; and a catalyst for the region’s economic and social prosperity.”

During its anniversary year, the University is hosting a series of events and activities for students, alumni, staff and the community. It is also showcasing its four decadal plans, focusing on critical issues for the region ¬– health, the Western Sydney Airport, the digital economy, and arts and culture.

The 30-year anniversary celebrations begin with the University’s April graduation ceremonies, held 27 April-3 May at the Parramatta South campus, which will see more than 5,000 students graduate from their degrees and join the University’s extensive alumni network.

In celebrating its anniversary, the University acknowledges its antecedent institutions, such as the Hawkesbury Agricultural College, established in 1891, and the generations of knowledge held by the traditional owners of the land on which the University’s campuses are located – the Darug, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri, D’harawal and Bundjalung Peoples.


Monday, 29 April 2019

Amanda Whibley, Acting - Director, Corporate Communications