From the University of Newcastle’s earliest days, the region’s community has had a stake in its University. Through community lobbying over many decades, UON was declared an independent institution on 1 January 1965.
The University started with 1,700 students in 1965, and today hosts more than 40,000. It has campuses at Callaghan, Newcastle city, on the Central Coast, in Port Macquarie, and in Sydney and Singapore. In 2017, it will open its new city campus in the Newcastle CBD.
UON hosts a global network of more than 130,000 alumni, with 50,000 here in the Hunter.
The University is home to researchers and experts who are in the top one per cent in their field in the world in health, engineering and science, the humanities and social sciences, and in the emerging creative industries.
The two multidisciplinary flagship institutes – the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) – host leading researchers who are making major breakthroughs to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
On the cusp of its 50th year, the region’s University has been recognised as Australia’s number one university under the age of 50 in the international QS ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings, and in the top 20 universities in the world.
The showcase Our community, your university exhibition at Newcastle Museum tells the story of the University of Newcastle over the past 50 years. Spanning 40 lineal metres, the exhibition is divided into four sections:
- Celebrating our community, which marks the milestones in the University’s and Newcastle’s history including the establishment of the now internationally renowned medical school, the enabling programs and the Wollotuka Institute.
- Celebrating our leaders, which is an honour roll of founders, today’s researcher and professional leaders, in addition to student and community leaders who have contributed to the world-class institution UON is today. Visitors can nominate their own leader for the honour roll.
- Celebrating our graduates, two walls comprising the images and stories of 240 graduates. UON alumni are encouraged to update their details.
- Celebrating our future, which is an opportunity for visitors to contribute their ideas about their vision for the university of the future.
‘Our community, your university’ exhibition
Where: Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Honeysuckle
When: until 23 August
Hours: Tue to Sun, 10am – 5pm