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University of Sydney

Coat of Arms of the University of Sydney
University information
NameThe University of Sydney
Latin nameUniversitas Sidneiensis
MottoSidere mens eadem mutato (Latin)
Motto in EnglishLiteral: Though the constellations change, the mind is universal

Meaning: The traditions of the older universities of the Northern Hemisphere are continued here in the Southern
EndowmentA$1.3 billion
ChancellorHer Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO
Vice-ChancellorThe Reverend Dr Michael Spence
Staff3,081 (FTE academic, 2008)
Students49,020 (2011)
Under graduates32,393 (2011)
Post graduates16,627 (2011)
StateNew South Wales
CampusUrban, Parks
ColoursRed, Gold & Blue
AffiliationsGroup of Eight, APRU, ASAIHL, WUN

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The University of Sydney is a public university located in Sydney, New South Wales. The main campus spreads across the suburbs of Camperdown and Darlington on the south-western outskirts of the Sydney CBD. Founded in 1850, it is the oldest university in Australia and Oceania. It has 32,393 undergraduate and 16,627 graduate students (2011).

The University of Sydney is organised into sixteen faculties and schools, through which it offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. Three Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the University as graduate and faculty.

Sydney consistently ranks amongst the top three universities in Australia and Oceania. In 2010, it was ranked 37th in the world; 2nd in Australia, behind the Australian National University (20th) but ahead of the University of Melbourne (38th) in the 2011 QS World University Rankings.

The University of Sydney is a member of Australia's Group of Eight, Academic Consortium 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the Worldwide Universities Network. The University is also colloquially known as one of Australia's sandstone universities.

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