RMIT University

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is one of Australia’s original and leading educational institutions, producing some of Australia’s most employable graduates. As an innovative, global university of technology, with its heart in the city of Melbourne, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research, and engagement with the needs of industry and community.

With more than 60,000 students studying at RMIT campuses in Melbourne and regional Victoria, in Vietnam, online, by distance education, and at partner institutions throughout the world, the University is one of the largest in the country. It has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and research. A vibrant alumni community now stretches across more than 100 countries.


In 1881, prominent grazier and philanthropist, The Hon. Francis Ormond, proposed that a technical college would serve "useful" to City of Melbourne. Ormond - who had donated the majority of funds towards the foundation of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne - offered £5,000 towards the establishment of a college on the proviso that the public contribute a "like sum".

A considerable sum was raised by the Council of the Melbourne Trades Hall, which rallied support amongst its membership of unions. Construction of "The Working Men's College" then began in 1886, on a site provided by the Colony of Victoria, next to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, and adjacent the Melbourne Public Library on La Trobe Street. The College was officially opened during a gala ceremony on June 4, 1887 and, on the night of its opening, took 320 enrollments which increased to over 1000 within its first 12 months of operation. Ormond - who was a staunch believer in the values of education and a tireless campaigner for the College - served as its President till his death in 1889.

The College began offering full-time courses in 1899, and was incorporated under the "Companies Act" as a private college in 1904. Around the turn of the century, it began developing courses in engineering, applied science, chemistry, metallurgy and mining. Between the 1900s and the 1920s, the College expanded beyond its foundation building, and constructed two new buildings on nearby Bowen Street, a new Art School and also acquired the neighbouring, and recently decommissioned, Melbourne Gaol site for expansion.

During the 1930s, the College underwent further expansion with the completion of an Engineering School and a Radio School, and two more buildings constructed on Bowen Street. In 1934, the College officially changed its name to the "Melbourne Technical College" (incorporating The Working Men's College), after a representation from its Student's Association

In 2007, RMIT University proudly celebrated 120 years since we opened our doors on 7 June, 1887, as the Working Men’s College. RMIT University is today one of Australia’s leading educational institutions, with a commitment to applied education, training and research.

From an encouraging intake of 600 students, RMIT University has grown to a global university of more than 63,000 students, including 21,000 international students drawn from more than 100 countries - an institution recognised internationally for the quality of its graduates and the excellence of its research.


College of Business
RMIT School of Accounting and Law
RMIT School of Business Information Technology
RMIT TAFE School of Business
RMIT School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
RMIT Graduate School of Business
RMIT School of Management

College of Design and Social Context
RMIT School of Applied Communication
RMIT School of Architecture and Design
RMIT School of Art
RMIT School of Creative Media
RMIT TAFE School of Design
RMIT School of Education
RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles
RMIT School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
RMIT School of Property, Construction and Project Management

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
RMIT School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
RMIT School of Applied Sciences
RMIT School of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
RMIT School of Computer Science and Information Technology
RMIT School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
RMIT TAFE School of Engineering
RMIT School of Health Sciences
RMIT School of Life and Physical Sciences
RMIT School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
RMIT School of Medical Sciences

RMIT University ranked 200 in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT), is a public university located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devil's Peak, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa.

UCT's success can be can be measured by the scope of study it offers and the calibre of its graduates.

The university has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science - which are supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and three Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

UCT also has more than 60 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers - academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.

UCT continues to work towards its goal to be Africa's leading research university.


The roots of UCT lie in the establishment of the South African College, a boys' school, in 1829. In 1874 the tertiary education part split off into the University and the younger students into the South African College Schools.

UCT moved to the Groote Schuur Estate campus in 1928. During the apartheid era, roughly 1960-1990, UCT consistently opposed apartheid, and was a bastion of liberalism and racial integration. 1987 particularly saw frequent clashes between protesting students and police, with reporting of police presence on the campus being censored by the government. On 24 April 1987 the police entered the campus and this marked the first time since 1972 that South Africa's police services had suppressed a demonstration at a white university.The official student newspaper, Varsity, frequently had its journalists and editors come under scrutiny from the ruling apartheid National Party government.

The UCT crest was designed in 1859 by Charles Davidson Bell, Surveyor-General of the Cape Colony at the time. Bell was an accomplished artist who also designed medals and the triangular Cape stamp.


UCT is divided into six faculties

Faculty of Commerce
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Science

UCT is a member of the Association of African Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Cape Higher Education Consortium, Higher Education South Africa, and the International Association of Universities.

Four of the University's graduates have become Nobel Laureates:
Max Theiler, virologist awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever.
Professor Allan McLeod Cormack (Medicine, 1979)
Sir Aaron Klug (Chemistry, 1982)
Professor Emeritus J. M. Coetzee (Literature, 2003)

University of Cape Town ranked 200th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Cape Town ranked 179th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Cape Town ranked 146th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

University of Cape Town ranked 161th in the 2010 QS World University Ranking

University of Cape Town ranked 156th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a public university with approximately 22,000 students, located in the coastal city of Wollongong, which is 80 kilometres south of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia.

The University of Wollongong is located approximately 3 miles northwest of the coastal city of Wollongong in the foothills of Mt. Keira and is accessible by direct bus line from all areas of the city. Wollongong is situated 90 minutes south of the Sydney Central Business District along the coast of New South Wales and has easy access to the city by rail or car.

The campus combines a tranquil bushland setting with modern, state-of-the art facilities and infrastructure that create the perfect learning environment. The campus is a sanctuary for native wildlife, its parklike environment encourages students to enjoy the surrounding beaches, rainforests and mountains. The university’s casual, laid-back atmosphere reflects a relaxed and friendly setting while its live music venues, numerous cafés, market days and parklands create a lively interactive student scene.


The University of Wollongong was founded in 1951 when a Division of the then New South Wales University of Technology (re-named the University of New South Wales in 1958) was established in Wollongong. After ten years the Division became the Wollongong University College.

In 1975, the University of Wollongong was incorporated by the New South Wales Parliament as an independent institution of higher learning. In 1978 the computer science faculty developed a version of Unix for the Interdata 7/32 called UNSW 01, this was the first non-PDP Unix. In 1982, the University amalgamated with the Wollongong Institute of Higher Education, which, in 1962, had originated as the Wollongong Teachers’ College. The merger formed the basis of the contemporary university.

Overseas expansion

In 1993, UOW opened what was to become the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in the United Arab Emirates. Initially called the Institute of Australian Studies (IAS), this centre made UOW the first foreign university to open a campus in the UAE, and the first Australian tertiary institution represented in the Persian Gulf.

IAS initially offered English language programs, before becoming a 'feeder college' by 1995, where students completed part of a degree in Business or IT in Dubai before coming to Australia to complete their studies. In 1999, it was the first foreign-owned institution in the world to be issued a licence from the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates, and was formally opened as University of Wollongong, Dubai Campus in October 2000. It was officially incorporated as University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2004.


Faculty of Arts
School of English Literatures, Philosophy & Languages
School of History & Politics
School of Social Sciences, Media & Communication 

Faculty of Commerce
School of Accounting & Finance
School of Economics
School of Management & Marketing  

Faculty of Creative Arts
School of Music and Drama
School of Art & Design
School of Journalism & Creative Writing  

Faculty of Education  

Faculty of Engineering
School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering Physics
School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering

Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
Division of Health & Behavioural Sciences: 
School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health
School of Psychology
Graduate School of Medicine

Faculty of Informatics
School of Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE)
School of Computer Science & Software Engineering (SCSSE)
School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT)
School of Mathematics & Applied Statistics (SMAS)  

Faculty of Law  

Faculty of Science
School of Biological Sciences
School of Chemistry
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Graduate School of Business
Sydney Business School

University of Wollongong ranked 199 in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Kobe University

Kobe University (神戸大学 Kōbe daigaku), also known in the Kansai region as Shindai (神大), is a leading national university located in Kobe, Japan.

It was established in 1949, and comprises nine graduate schools and eleven faculties. The university holds a total of about 15,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. As Kobe is an extremely cosmopolitan city, the institution welcomes oversea students, which accounted for a total of 963 students, as of 2005. It also has 2,800 staff members, including professors, associate professors and administrative officials.

Located beside the foothills of lush green of Mount Rokko, the university provides a splendid view to the city and port of Kobe, providing a serene and ideal environment for the pursuit of academic studies, especially social science areas. Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan.


The roots of the university can be traced back to 1902, when the Kobe Higher Commercial School (神戸高等商業学校 Kōbe kōtō shōgyō gakkō) was established. Its first president was Tetsuya Mizushima (水島銕也? 1864—1928). In 1929 this school was renamed Kobe University of Commerce (神戸商業大学 Kōbe shōgyō daigaku), and it was further renamed in 1944, Kobe University of Economics (神戸経済大学 Kōbe keizai daigaku).

In 1949, under Japan's new educational systems, the university was merged with Hyogo Normal School, Hyogo Junior Normal School, Kobe Technical College and Himeji High School, all of which were in Hyōgo Prefecture, leading to the creation of Kobe University.

From this period, the university has been expanded and has created new faculties to complement its main academic foundations, which is economics and commerce.


Graduate Schools

Graduate School of Humanities
Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
Graduate School of Human Development and Environment
Graduate School of Law 
Tier 1 full time Law school
Graduate School of Economics 
The Okishio Theorem (Nobuo Okishio) is well known and appreciated worldwide
Graduate School of Business Administration 
Tier 1 full time MBA school
Graduate School of Science
Graduate School of Medicine
Graduate School of Health Sciences
Graduate School of Engineering
Graduate School of Agricultural Science
Graduate School of Maritime Sciences
Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies


Faculty of Letters
Faculty of Intercultural Studies
Faculty of Human Development
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Business Administration
Faculty of Science
School of Medicine (Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences)
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Maritime Sciences

Kobe University ranked 197 in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Kobe University ranked 199th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology or Chalmers tekniska högskola (CTH), often Chalmers, is a university in Gothenburg, Sweden, that focuses on research and education in technology, natural science and architecture. The University has very strong Environmental Science, Nanotechnology, IT, Bioengineering, Industrial Design, Management and Architecture departments.

"Chalmers is a university of technology in which research and teaching are conducted on a broad front within technology, natural science and architecture. Our inspiration lies in the joy of discovery and the desire to learn. Underlying everything we do is a wish to contribute to sustainable development both in Sweden and world-wide."


The University was founded in 1829 following a donation by William Chalmers, a director of the Swedish East India Company, whose ships sailed across the world to supply Europe with goods from the East.

He donated some of his fortune for the establishment of an “industrial school”. Chalmers was run as a private institution until 1937, when the institute became a state owned university. In 1994, the school once again became a private institution, owned by a foundation. Chalmers is the only university in Sweden named after a person.


Chalmers offers many different Master's Programmes. All programmes are 2 years of study and are all taught in English and Chalmers welcomes both foreign and Swedish students. In our Master’s programmes you will have the opportunity to work with teachers from all over the world and members of our internationally recognised research groups will act as supervisors and lecturers.

In addition Chalmers has research programmes that can be conducted in English leading to a Licentiate and a PhD degree.

Chalmers has student exchange programmes with the Nordic countries, within the European Union and World Wide.

National degree programmes are given in Swedish and lead to the degrees "Högskoleingenjör" (Bachelor of Science in Engineering), "Civilingenjör" (Master of Science in Engineering), "Arkitekt" (Master of Architecture) as well as maritime programmes.

Chalmers offers continuing professional development programmes for practicing engineers.

On January 1, 2005, the old schools were replaced by new departments:

Applied Mechanics
Applied Physics
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Energy and Environment
Fundamental Physics
Materials and Manufacturing Technology
Mathematical Sciences
Microtechnology and Nanoscience
Product and Production Development
Radio and Space Science
Shipping and Marine Technology
Signals and Systems
Technology Management and Economics

In addition to these, Chalmers is home to six national competence centres in key fields like Mathematical Modelling, Environmental Science and Vehicle Safety (SAFER).

Chalmers University of Technology ranked 197th in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

Chalmers University of Technology ranked 162nd in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

Chalmers University of Technology ranked 198th in the 2009 THES-QS World University Ranking

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruits is sweet ~ Aristotle

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ~ Nelson Mandela

Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself ~ John Dewey
William Butler Yeats: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.