University of New South Wales REVIEW [An Unbiased Review from A Life That Travels]

University of New South Wales REVIEW [An Unbiased Review from A Life That Travels]

August 14, 2019 11 By Stanley Isaacs


– G’day I’m Rob Malicki, and
welcome to A Life that Travels. And today, I’m at the
University of New South Wales. And in this video, we’re
gonna be talking about everything to do with UNSW, the sorts of subjects you can study here, how it ranks, and basically
what you can expect from the experience of
studying at this university. So by the end of this video, you should have a much better idea about whether or not this
is the institution for you. I’ve been working in and around
the Australian universities for over 20 years now and I can tell you, out of all the places that I’ve visited all over the country, this central walkway is like one of my favourite places in any university in the country. Let’s go and have a walk
around and have a look. (lively music) (moves into gentle music) University of New South
Wales was founded in 1949 and has very quickly become not only one of the leading
universities in Australia, typically ranked inside the
top five, the 4th often, but also one of the top
universities in the world. Very often inside the top 50 and almost always inside the top 100. So it’s an institution that offers a huge range of subject
areas to choose from, flexible degrees and disciplines that rank incredibly well. The thing that I
absolutely love about here is just the absolutely spectacular
campus, as you can see. So much to do on campus
and so much open spaces. It’s got this wonderful vibe and this beautiful blend of old and new, the University has invested quite a lot in its
infrastructure over recent years, and it really shows in
this spectacular campus. The University is located
about 10 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD, and in the past, you used
to have to take a bus from Central Train Station
in order to get here. But, opening very very soon, possibly by the time
you’re watching this video, is a brand new metro light rail line, connecting Central Station. In fact, it goes all the
way down to Circular Quay, with the University of New South Wales, so literally right here. So public transport is about
to get dramatically easier to get you to the
University and, of course, that gives you access to lots
of other parts of Sydney. The University itself is
located in the Eastern Suburbs, so Bondi Beach and the
other eastern city beaches aren’t that far from here, making it a pretty spectacular place to come and live and study. I’m just down on Anzac Parade and just outside of the
road there it is NIDA, which is the National
Institute for Dramatic Arts, obviously one of the the most famous performance arts teaching
institute in the entire country, if not the most famous,
connected to the University, so. Just across the road and over this side, got all the facilities of
the Institution itself. So, if NIDA is where
you’re heading, (tsking) not bad. Quite funny because the
University has 53,000, might be more by now, maybe
55 or 56,000 students, but it’s pretty quiet on campus today. They’ve just finished the
first trimester of the year, so perhaps students are off studying and getting assessments
done, that sort of stuff. 53,000 students, about 32,000
undergraduate students, and then another 20-odd
thousand post graduate, which is quite impressive. 6,000 administrative staff. So a very large Australian university. But the institution
has spent a lot of time on its structure in recent years. The University’s a member
of a number of different institutional groupings,
most famously I suppose in Australia is the Group of Eight or the Sandstone Universities. Sandstone Universities being
the oldest institutions in the country pretty much, and the most research-intensive and academically high performing institutions in the country, the Group of Eight. But it’s also part of Universitas 21, which is a major international ranking of some of the world’s
leading universities. There’s only 21 institutions in that, and obviously the University of
New South Wales is one of them, includes institutions like the University of British Columbia, the University of California, Davis, University of Dehli,
University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, not
to mention a couple of other universities in Australia, and very reputable universities in Japan such as Waseda University. This institution is a
comprehensive university, means you can pretty much
study most topics here, and you’ll also find that
the individual subject areas and disciplines that are taught at UNSW are individually ranked amongst
the highest in Australia. So, that’s covering of art
and design, built environment, business, engineering, law, medicine, science, arts, and social sciences. And of course the Australian
Defence Force Academy down in Canberra, but an
excellent institution academically all around. Hi everyone, this is Sarah.
– Hello. – And we’re at UNSW. (laughs)
– (laughs) Yup, UNSW. – Technically, UNSW City, just to clarify. – Oh, UNSW is fine. (chuckles)
– It’s fine. (chuckles) – But, like, this central section of the university is
absolutely unbelievable. – Yeah. So, this is our main walkway, so if you look up there,
that’s like the main fancy building where they do fancy talks. But then if you go down that way, you’ve got all these big trees and lights. And at night time, when the lights are on and the leaves are falling, it’s just one of the most
beautiful things to see because it’s quiet, you’ve had a long day and it’s finally done. And you just finish it
walking through that walkway and it’s spectacular.
– Awesome. And so going down that
way, if we go all the way down to the bottom, we end up hitting – Anzac Parade, yep.
– Anzac Parade, thank you. – And so that’s pretty much like buses and soon to be a tram, right? – Yeah, so we’re going to get a tram, I think the tram is more on
the high street that way. But Anzac Parade is buses
running all the time into the centre of the city. It can be a bit busy, but
they’re pretty consistent. – Are you, do you live near here? Are you in this part of the city? – I’m actually pretty far away. I’m right up the Northern Beaches. So it takes me about an hour
and a half to get to uni. – Wow.
– Yeah. – Where? I’m in Frenchs Forest. – I’m in Frenchs Forest as well! (laughs) – What? No way! (laughs) We could have filmed this
in Frenchs Forest! (laughs) – We could have! But we already trekked
an hour and a half here! – How on earth do you get
from Frenchs Forest to here? Bus train bus? – Bus train bus, yeah. – But, there also must
be a pretty good reason. Like, so why did you choose UNSW? – [Sarah] So, I basically,
I came to the Open Day, and I just fell in love
with it straight away. I loved the vibe, I loved the societies. UNSW also does a lot of double degrees, and I couldn’t decide between
just science or just art. And UNSW offers both. So it’s like, might as well go here, it’s like, the perfect
degree that suits my needs. But yeah, I don’t know
how else to explain it, but it just like- literally the vibe of it when I came here Open Day. I just- I loved it, so. – What does Open Day look like here? So, do they, is it up and
down this kind of main area? – It’s hectic. It’s up
and down the main walkway. You’ve got stalls everywhere,
you’ve got all the societies, you’ve got all the faculties,
you’ve got games going on. There’s a jumping castle
(laughs) on my Open Day. It’s absolutely hectic, and you
get like a million freebies. – Nice. But what’s it like here? – [Sarah] I really like it here. It’s a very pretty campus. There’s lots of places to sit and get food. It’s great, cause we’ve
got our little uni bar down at the bottom, the Brown does, and that’s perfect for a beer after an organic chemistry lecture,
let me tell you. (laughs) – [Rob] I didn’t make it
through organic chem! (laughs) – [Sarah] You need a beer to
make it through organic chem. No, it’s a really nice campus. The only- the biggest downside is that it’s built on a hill. So, if you have a lecture
on the top of campus and one of the bottom, you
gotta run. It’s really- – It is, it’s a very big campus. – It’s quite a big campus,
they give you 10 minutes time, to make it from one tutorial
or lecture to another. But you need 15 minutes if
you’re going up that hill. It’s a lot of stairs, and it’s you have to work out before
you come to this uni. – (laughs) – But if you do come, you
don’t need a gym membership, cause you are going to be going
up those stairs a lot, so. – Nice. – [Rob] This I really love, on the ground. They basically have all
of these instructions, for students to follow. So pretty much everyone
who’s got their heads down on their phones all the time, where do you put your notices? Don’t stick them on the wall,
stick them on the ground. – Very important part of
every university – coffee. But talking about academic disciplines, Uni of New South Wales has
nine specific disciplines that actually rank first in Australia. And outside of that, it has
the most academic disciplines that rank in their top 100 in the world, out of all the Australian universities. If I remember, it was like
38 individual subject areas rank in the top 100 in the world, so. Once again, academically,
a very very prestigious thorough research institution. All of the kinds of
facilities you would expect of a university of this size. Health services, dentists,
chemists, travel agents. So the nine areas where the
university is top in the world are finance, water resources, management, mechanical engineering, remote sensing, library and information
science, civil engineering, and instrument science and technology. So, very strong in the sciences areas. This is one of the things
that’s very close to my heart, study abroad and exchange
section of the university, and the University of New
South Wales has got one of the best overseas study
programmes in the entire country. So, both from the opportunity to go into a semester exchange programme, or to do something shorter-term, like a study tour or
a short-term programme at a university overseas, internships, there’s so many different
opportunities for UNSW students to study abroad, which is such
a huge boost to your resume. And these guys study abroad
and the exchange team are the ones that can help
make it happen for you. My University Library just behind me. And one of the things I’m
just loving about this campus, and particularly at this time of year, the trees are changing colour,
the leaves are falling, but you’ve still got flowers out and it’s absolutely spectacular. And I just love the fact that
even though the university is sort of split across
these different levels, you end up with these
remarkable enclosed spaces. They’re still quite open and spacious, but still semi-enclosed, and
it just gives the university this absolutely extraordinary vibe where yeah, this is a
really big university. But you know what? It doesn’t feel like it. It actually feels quite
intimate, a lot of the places. Just because of the way that they’ve made really clever use of the space. It’s extraordinary. Look at that! (laughs) Hmm. To the right (slide whistle)
is lecture theatre and work. To the left (slide whistle) is food. What would a uni student choose? (cartoon laughs) It’s a no-brainer. Well, I’ve very much
enjoyed my little visit to the University of New South Wales for so many reasons. But how can you say no to this? It’s absolutely extraordinary. A university that is academically awesome, has managed to create a
really good student vibe, and where you have heaps of opportunities. Doesn’t sound like many negatives to me. Now of course, all big universities, you are going to have to be
a little bit more proactive in terms of taking care of yourself here, and getting things sorted and
seeking out opportunities. But I tell you what:
University of New South Wales? This looks like a pretty awesome option. I think you’d be very happy studying here. I’m Rob Malicky, and
I’ll see you next time on A Life that Travels.