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The University of Adelaide unites and serves those striving to change the world—and themselves—for the better. It’s a place where history is made.

Established in 1874, we’re home to over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, all working to create progress. For our community. For all.

This is a university of outstanding quality—ranked among the top 1% globally—in the heart of Australia’s most liveable city*.

We’ve made a habit of breaking new ground. We were Australia’s first university to welcome female students. The first to offer degrees in science and business. The first with a conservatorium of music.

Among those who’ve studied, taught, or conducted research here are five Nobel Laureates; Australia’s first female prime minister; the first Australian astronaut to walk in space; Australia’s first female Supreme Court judge.

And our bold spirit continues to drive us to excel today. In research, we’re rising to challenges in a huge range of fields—with work universally rated world-standard or above. While in education, we’re recognised among the top 100 universities globally in 23 different subject areas†.

We can’t wait to see what’s next.

*Economist Intelligence Unit, 2021. Excellence in Research Australia, 2018. †Total unique entries across QS World University Rankings by Subject, and Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject, 2021.

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The bark painting depicting a barramundi that Namadbara created for Spencer at Oenpelli in 1912 and that he identified in the interview with Lance Bennett in 1967, now in Museums Victoria Spencer/Cahill Collection (object X 19909).

Paddy Compass Namadbara: for the first time, we can name an artist who created bark paintings in Arnhem Land in the 1910s

The Spencer/Cahill Collection at Museums Victoria contains approximately 170 bark paintings – and now we can name one of the artists behind them.
Josie Maralngurra touching her hand stencil made when she was around 12. In the background are three white barramundi fish figures with red line-work also created by her father Djimongurr. Photograph by Fiona McKeague, copyright Parks Australia

Friday essay: ‘this is our library’ – how to read the amazing archive of First Nations stories written on rock

Australia’s stunning galleries of rock art are vast repositories of knowledge that can teach us much.

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