The University of Sydney (USYD), the oldest and among the most elite in Australia was founded in 1850. USYD is recognised worldwide as an impressive center of education for both domestic and international students all within a learning environment that is vibrant, diverse and truly supportive.
One of the world’s leading institute, USYD is a key member of the prestigious ‘Group of Eight’, an alliance of Australia's major research-intensive universities, the Academic Consortium 21, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and the Worldwide Universities Network.
With an interesting range of academic programs on offer through 16 faculties across eight campuses, it’s not surprising the university draws some of the brightest minds from across the globe. USYD boasts of a vibrant student body of more than 50,000 scholars including some 10,000 international ones from over 145 countries.
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The University of Sydney has several campuses. The main campus Camperdown/Darlington, colloquially known as one of Australia's sandstone universities is like a small town located in the heart of Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales. The university is surrounding by beautiful green parks, shops and cafes, sports halls, museums, galleries, the spectacular Sydney harbour and two major complexes that are utilized by students for recreation and other services. Its location near major public transport hubs with buses and trains running every few minutes is ideal for off-campus students.
The main campus that sits on 72-hectares is gorgeous. Thanks to the spectacular blend of modern architecture and dramatic ivy-covered sandstone buildings, magnificent carvings and arcades, lawns and patios it was listed in the top 10 of the world's most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post.
Apart from offering an impressive range of academic courses, the campus is integrated with top-notch facilities. The Fischer library is the largest in the Southern hemisphere. In addition, the computer and science labs are well equipped and the research centers world class. The infrastructure for the sports enthusiast is also great. There are two gyms, a pool, indoor & outdoor basketball courts, tennis, squash, rock climbing and numerous football and soccer fields.
The university has adequate on-campus housing arrangement for students who prefer the comfort of residing on the premises. For those wanting more freedom, there are various options for independent living. The university runs affordable housing units around the main campus with all the basic utilities, free internet and 24/7 security system to keep an eye on things.
As for dining facilities, there are several eating joints on campus which are good but a trifle expensive. Thankfully, there are a lot of affordable food courts and cafes in Newtown, Glebe & Broadway shopping centre which are only a few minutes away.
Class sizes in the University of Sydney are appropriately organized with a student staff ratio of 20:1. This allows for greater interaction among students and faculty. The professors and tutors are very welcoming and friendly. They are is brilliant, the best in their respective fields and have a knack of making the course more interesting which really motivates the students. Most of them have been featured in journals, written books and regularly speak at conferences.
Jobs and placements
The university has an initiative namely SydneyTalent that helps connects brilliant students with industries and employers for part-time and full-time work opportunities. Besides, USYD enjoys an awesome reputation which works as a big advantage in terms of job prospects. Studying at USYD definitely gives graduates an edge over other candidates even if it means getting a foot through the door for the first interview.
There is a lot of support from the university to further the career of students. There is a career fair app that updates students about the various career fairs that happen on the campus. Further there are several student events and workshops that provide ample networking oppritnunies with the industry.
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