with world leaders: how UNSW attracts the region’s high achieving
Real-world opportunities and high academic standards are giving UNSW
undergraduates the chance to be future leaders in their field.
It was not until Tanvir
Uddin saw homeless children sitting in a schoolroom in north eastern
Pakistan that the true importance of his studies hit home.
A Scientia Scholar at the
University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia,
Bangladesh-born Tanvir achieved a 99.9 Australian Tertiary Admissions
Rank (ATAR). He was drawn to the University because it enabled him to
study multiple majors in economics, international development and law,
with the aim of one day pursuing a career in international development.
He had just started his
honours thesis on flooding when he was given the opportunity to observe
aid distribution after the 2010 Pakistan floods with the NGO Muslim Aid
“The kids had no home and no possessions and yet they were going to
school amid the tragedy and devastation. It was a very hopeful thing,”
community of brilliant minds
UNSW has the highest ATAR rating of any university in the state of New
South Wales (NSW) and aims to attract the best and brightest students
from Australia and around the world. Student demand for a place has
grown continuously for the past five years and in 2012 UNSW received
more first preferences than any other university from NSW applicants
with ATARs in the top 500.
To attract undergraduate
high achievers, the University offers a number of scholarships.
Australian residents who achieve an ATAR of 99 or above may apply for
UNSW high achiever scholarships, while Scientia scholarships recognise
students who have received an ATAR of 99.90 or above, regardless of
their residency.“We are the university that’s most in demand by
Australian students and international students want to follow,” says
Aleksandr Voninski, Executive Director, UNSW International.
“We are very proud of the
fact that we have continuously improved our academic rankings.”
While at UNSW, these high
fliers are encouraged to achieve a global focus, with a range of
scholarships, programs, exchange opportunities and industry placements
designed to mould them as future leaders.
leaders with current leaders
For law/international studies student Hannah Glass, her UNSW United
Nations society membership led to a trip to the APEC summit in
Vladivostok, where she met world leaders and saw first hand the real
world of international relations and diplomacy.
For UNSW international
student Colin Cheng, who represented Singapore in sailing in the London
Olympics, studying nanotechnology at UNSW meant flexibility and the
ability to reschedule his classes and exams so he could compete
internationally. As part of the Elite Athlete Support Program, Colin
also benefited from study support while competing and training
For Tanvir, the primary benefit of studying at UNSW was the ‘open door’
policy of his professors and lecturers, who were glad to help him
connect with industry contacts and further his career opportunities. One
introduction has led to a chance to tour the Pacific Islands with the
Asian Development Bank, where he one day hopes to work.
During his time at UNSW,
Tanvir also got to rub shoulders with Sir Bob Geldoff and Archbishop
Desmond Tutu at the One Young World Global Leaders Summit in London. He
is set to finish his degree with first class honours and then plans to
continue postgraduate study while working for a management consultancy,
before pursuing a career in international development.
“Australia might seem far
from the rest of the world, but UNSW makes it seem like you are
connected internationally,” he says.
“You get to work with
international leaders and researchers, there are exchange programs and
study abroad opportunities that make it worthwhile for students to
expand their horizons in study and work.”