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One hundred forty-three years ago, the University of Adelaide was founded with a noble goal: to prepare, for South Australia, young leaders shaped by education rather than birth or wealth in a settlement free of old world social and religious inequalities.
The spirit of inquiry was further embraced, and the freedom to explore nonclassical subjects continued. Before reaching the 1900s, the University offered degrees in arts, science, law, medicine, and music. Additionally, mathematics, philosophy, languages, and mining engineering were taught. These flagship degrees and disciplines continue at the university today, with the curriculum evolving through industry input and the pioneering research and discovery for which Adelaide’s academics are known.
The University is an international institution that distinctively embraces the ideal of the research university, where the excitement, vitality, and passion of the search for new knowledge is one in which all students participate as an enlightened and tolerant community where able students can find support, whatever their background or circumstances and as a place where the Kaurna people, original custodians of the land on which the campuses now rest, are acknowledged and their culture respected. The University of Adelaide draws strength from its founding values to fulfill its future research and teaching aspirations.
The University has three primary areas of focus. We are committed to achieving excellence in education, research, and engagement with the community. Working closely with world-class academics, students acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience to make a significant contribution to their careers. Operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines, our academics enthusiastically share their passion for new knowledge and encourage students’ pursuits of world-changing discoveries. Equally important, students have ready access to staff throughout their time here, thanks to our low staff-to-student ratios. A commitment to incredibly high teaching standards ensure students are given every opportunity to excel and fulfill their potential.
The University of Adelaide is committed to world-class research with tangible outputs of global significance, which challenge and change the world around us. Our researchers are committed to solving the world’s grandest challenges and significantly impacting the economy, health, public policy, and quality of life. Adelaide’s research strengths span a wide range of sectors, including food and wine, defense and security, health and medicine, engineering and technology, life sciences, mining and energy, and the environment.
The University works with the community through strategic partnerships and alignments with business and enterprise, government bodies, other research institutions, non-government organizations, and industry groups. This is reflected in an extensive local and international partnership network. The University of Adelaide continues to deliver on quality of learning and teaching and service to its community. The University is organized into five academic faculties and four administrative divisions.

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