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University of Tasmania (UTAS): About UTAS

In 2012, UTAS was named in the Top 10 Australian Universities (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012).

Founded in 1890, the University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest university in Australia.  The university offers a wide range of traditional courses, as well as more contemporary and specialised course options, that include distinctive programs and research that relate to its geographical location. 

As the State’s only university, UTAS maintains a distinctive Tasmanian identify with an outward focus to ensure that programs and research are international in scope, vision and standard.

With over 29,000 students and campuses located in Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Sydney and offshore, UTAS offers a vibrant and international experience, with students and staff enjoying a strongly supported academic environment, outstanding campus facilities and vibrant social and cultural activities.

In 2012, UTAS was named in the Top 10 Australian Universities (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012) and it consistently rates highly for student-to-teacher ratios, internalisation and research. High-quality research is coupled with world-class teaching in more than 100 different undergraduate and 150 postgraduate coursework degrees.


Tasmania is Australia’s unique island state.  Less than two hours from Sydney and one hour from Melbourne, Tasmania is known for its friendly welcoming people; pleasant temperate climate; easy access to wilderness and heritage; and a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a strong arts culture. 


  • In 2012 UTAS was the number one university in Australia for teaching excellence, receiving more teaching awards than any other Australian university (Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching)
  • In 2012, UTAS was ranked in the top 10 research universities in Australia and the top 3% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2012)
  • In the 2013 Good Universities’ Guide, UTAS was given a 5 Star rating for staff-to-student ratios, placing it among the best in the country.

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