Interesting facts about universities in Australia
- In 2019, UNSW Founders — an entrepreneurial program at the University of New South Wales — supported over 400 startups and over 10,000 entrepreneurs. 43% of the startups, created with the help of the program, were founded by women. Examples of successful startups: HEO ROBOTICS (space industry), TILITER (uses AI to automatically identify products at supermarket checkout counters, eliminating the need for plastic packaging), INSIDESHERPA (virtual internship programs for large corporations), and others.
- Among the alumni of the University of Queensland there is the Nobel Prize winner (Peter C. Doherty, in medicine), the Academy Award winner (actor Geoffrey Rush), and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts.
- The University of Sydney actively supports LGBT+ students and faculty members. For example, the university launched the Pride Network and celebrates important dates for the LGBT+ community, such as International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexuality, and Transphobia, Transgender Memorial Day and World AIDS Day. Moreover, the university has created the 78ers Legacy Fund scholarship for Bachelors of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who identify themselves as LGBT+. The university also has the position of LGBT+ Student Support Officer.
- The University of Adelaide offers many volunteer programs to its students. More than 70 volunteer groups operate on the campuses Waite, Roseworthy, and North Terrace. You can volunteer not only for the university, but also for various organizations. For example, students organize sports competitions, work with children, arrange flowers, become mentors for fellow students, participate in artistic and cultural events.
- The Queensland University of Technology prioritizes environmental protection and conducts various environmental campaigns and activities. So in 2019, the university designed landscaped gardens around one of the campuses in order to return a couple of Australian bush stone-curlews — birds that flew away after the construction of a laboratory on the territory of the university. Eventually, the birds returned to enjoy their new habitat and were joined by another breeding pair of bush stone-curlews. These birds are listed as endangered in New South Wales.
Photographs of Australian universities
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