The University of Adelaide is a globally connected teaching and research institution located in the heart of one of Australia’s — and the world’s — most liveable cities¹. Founded in 1874, we rank among the world’s top 1% of universities, and number one in South Australia for graduate employability.

University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is South Australia’s leading, globally engaged institution of learning and innovation.

Ranked within the world’s top 1% of universities, we’re our state’s clear number one². We’re also South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, and number one for graduate employability³. Among our alumni are five Nobel Laureates, over 100 Rhodes Scholars; Australia’s first female prime minister; and our nation’s first NASA astronaut in space.

We attract a diverse mix of internationally recognised academic talent, and high-achieving students — on campus and online — from all over the world.

Preparing students for the future workforce

An Adelaide education combines deep discipline knowledge with broad transferable capabilities to prepare students for every career opportunity. Importantly, our degrees are recognised everywhere. We’re ranked top 10 globally in two subject areas; top 50 in another nine; top 100 in 14 more⁴. In three, we lead Australia.

Research for a better world

The University of Adelaide is a research powerhouse. Our work is rated ‘well above world standard’ in 41 distinct research fields⁵ — 15 more than both other South Australian universities combined.

In the current world Highly Cited Researchers list⁶, 12 of our academics are recognised for the scale of their global influence. And in each of the past two years, we’ve had a young researcher recognised in MIT Technology Review’s prestigious Innovators Under 35 list. In 2020, we were the only Australian university represented; in 2019 we were one of just two.


¹Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019. ²QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities. ³QS Graduate Employability Ranking, 2020. ⁴Combined 2020 rankings across ARWU and QS World University Rankings by Subject, with no subject counted twice. ⁵Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018. ⁶Clarivate, 2019.

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