The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of the best ranking universities in Australia. Established in 1911, it is the oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning in the state of Western Australia. It has one of the most picturesque university campuses in the country.

The university is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight -  a coalition of Australian top 8 research universities. It is also known as a "Sandstone University".

The university has the following faculties:
- Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
- Business School
- Education
- Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
- Law
- Life and Physical Sciences
- Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
- Natural and Agricultural Sciences

UWA has established Research and Training Centres to enhance the University's teaching and research activities, including the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, WA Telecommunications Research Institute, Centre for Intelligent Information Processing Systems, Urban Design Centre, etc.

Several residential colleges are situated close to the main campus, including St Catherine's College, St Thomas More College, Currie Hall, Trinity, and St George's College.


- Placed among the world's top 100 institutions in THE-QS World University Rankings. It is rated 64th in 2007, 83rd in 2008 and 84th in 2009.

- Placed in the global top 100 for Life Sciences & Biomedicine, ranked 77th globally (THE-QS 2009).

- Placed in the world's top 150 institutions by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities (2003 - 2008).

- 6th in Australia and 78th globally in the Newsweek ranking of Top 100 Global Universities 2006.

- 6th in the Melbourne Institute Index ranking of Australian universities (2005).

- Awarded 5-star rating for prestige, research performance, staff qualifications, student demand and gender balance (The Good Universities Guide 2003).
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek