The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. Established in 1949, it is regarded as one of the world's leading universities, ranked 3rd in Australia, 45th in the world, and 1st in New South Wales according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings.
In 2016 and 2017, it was the number one university preference for high school students in New South Wales.
In the 2017 QS World University Rankings UNSW was ranked 11th in the world for Accounting and Finance (1st in Australia), 14th for law (3rd in Australia), and 16th in civil and structural engineering (1st in Australia).
The university comprises eight faculties, through which it offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The main campus is located on a 38-hectare (94-acre) site in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, seven kilometres (four point three miles) from the Sydney central business district. The creative arts faculty, UNSW Art & Design, is located in Paddington, UNSW Canberra is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and sub-campuses are located in the Sydney CBD, the suburbs of Randwick and Coogee. Research stations are located throughout the state of New South Wales.
UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities, and of Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. It has international exchange and research partnerships with over 200 universities around the world.