Capital of South Australia

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia, or UniSA, is a public university in the Australian state of South Australia. It was formed in 1991 with the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology and Colleges of Advanced Education. However, one of its antecedent institutions, the South Australian School of Arts, dates back to 1856, making it one of the oldest art schools in Australia. It is the largest university in South Australia with more than 32,000 students.

The university is a leading expert in technical education and applied research, as well being a founding member of the Australian Technology Network. It has four metropolitan campuses in Adelaide and two regional campuses in Whyalla and Mount Gambier. The metro campuses have specific academic focuses: City West and Magill focus on architecture, the arts, humanities and social sciences; City East specialises in health, biomedical, pharmaceutical and nursing programmes; Mawson Lakes teaches technical and scientific disciplines. The regional campuses are more generalist. It has no department of history.

University of South Australia was ranked 291st in the 2007 Times Higher Education Supplement Top 400 Universities list.

The South Australian School of Arts, an established school within the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, provides the most prestigious and valuable visual arts scholarship in Australia, the Gordon Samstag Scholarship.


The University of South Australia was formed in 1991 with the merger of the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT) with three of the campuses (Magill, Salisbury and Underdale) of the South Australian College of Advanced Education (SACAE). The two other SACAE campuses, City and Sturt, were merged with the University of Adelaide and Flinders University respectively. To the former SACAE campuses of Magill, Salisbury and Underdale, SAIT added to the merger its three campuses at City East, The Levels (now known as Mawson Lakes) and Whyalla.

Salisbury campus was vacated in 1996, but its sale was held up for many years by litigation. In 1997, a new campus was opened at City West. In 2005, the campus at Underdale was closed as part of the Blueprint 2005 project, and its programmes were moved to other campuses. Blueprint 2005 also involved a number of new buildings, in particular at City West and Mawson Lakes.

History of SACAE

The South Australian College of Advanced Education was formed in 1982 with the merger of five Colleges of Advanced Education. Adelaide CAE, Hartley CAE, Salisbury CAE, Sturt CAE and Torrens CAE respectively became the Adelaide (adjacent to Adelaide University), Magill, Salisbury, Sturt (actually in Bedford Park, adjacent to Flinders University) and Underdale campuses of the SACAE.

Hartley CAE was in turn formed from the 1979 merger of Murray Park CAE and Kingston CAE.Origins of the Colleges of Advanced Education 1973 saw the formation of the Colleges of Advanced Education which would make up the SACAE.

  • Adelaide CAE developed from Adelaide Teachers College (est. 1921), which had its roots in a training school established in 1876.
  • Murray Park CAE originated from Wattle Park Teachers College, which branched off from Adelaide Teachers College in 1957.
  • Torrens CAE had its origins in the South Australian School of Arts, which dates back to 1856, and in Western Teachers College, which branched off from Adelaide Teachers College in 1962.
  • Kingston CAE developed from the Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers College (est. 1967), which had its roots in a kindergarten training centre established in 1907.
  • Sturt CAE was originally Bedford Park Teachers College (est. 1966).
  • Salisbury CAE was originally Salisbury Teachers College (est. 1968).

History of SAIT


There are two Adelaide central business district (CBD) campuses, and there are two metropolitan campuses at Mawson Lakes (formerly The Levels) and Magill. In the implementation of the university's AU$100 million Blueprint 2005 project, campuses at Salisbury and Underdale were closed and the programs moved to the remaining campuses.

City East

City East (between The University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital), north of North Terrace on the site of the former South Australian Institute of Technology, and before that, the School of Mines. This campus focuses on the health, biomedical and nursing professions.

As of 2007 the City East campus is undergoing major reconstruction to the historic Brookman Building.

City West

City West, between North Terrace and Hindley Street in buildings constructed in the 1990s for the new campus. This campus is the home of the School of Business. The terminus of the Glenelg Tram is located on North Terrace in front of the campus.


Magill Campus is located on St. Bernard's road. It focuses on a range of humanities and social science disciplines, including Phsycology, Journalism, and the Study of International Relations.

Mawson Lakes

Mawson Lakes campus is the main campus for the Division of IT, Engineering and the Environment, has state-of-the-art research facilities, an extensive library and collaborative links with nearby Technology Park.


UniSA has its own aviation academy located at Parafield with brand new Cessna aircraft with state of the art Garmin 1000 cockpit displays, unique to South Australia. The aviation academy is designed to cater to students studying the Civil Aviation degree.


Whyalla's academic programs in business, social work, and nursing along with research opportunities in rural health and community development reflect UniSA's commitment to providing access to higher education. See Whyalla

Mt Gambier

New Campus Need further Information Mount Gambier


Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences

  • The School of Communication, Information and New Media
  • The School of Education
  • The School of International Studies
  • The Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design
  • The School of Psychology
  • The School of Social Work and Social Policy
  • The South Australian School of Art
  • Unaipon School of The David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research

Division of Health Sciences

  • The School of Health Sciences
  • The School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Division of Business

  • The School of Commerce
  • The School of Law
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Marketing
  • The International Graduate School of Business

Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment

Research Institutes


ITEK was formed in 1999, its role is to implement an integrated framework for the management of intellectual property, from the early stages of research through to commercialisation (from the ITEK website).

Through ITEK and the Wearable Computer Lab, the University has established the first gaming company A-Rage which solely looks at augmented reality gaming systems.


Notable alumni

Business and commerce

Journalism and media




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