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Our Advantage

The distinctiveness of the University of Sydney graduate

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for academic excellence. The University of Sydney Business School is one of the largest groupings of business and professional educators in Australia, with an extraordinary array of specialist expertise across business disciplines and the social sciences.

The Business School has a strong ongoing commitment to quality and continuous improvement, international peer review, and excellence in education and research. We offer programs that are accredited by leading national and international bodies.

Since 2004 the Business School has held EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development, as well as business and accounting program accreditation by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Business School programs of study are also accredited locally by professional bodies such as the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Human Resources Institute, CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

We equip our students educationally for a professionally rewarding and successful career in their chosen field of study. It is therefore not surprising that many of our alumni hold senior positions in the business, professional and government communities within Australia and around the world.

Learning in an information rich environment

To enhance and develop your learning experience, our innovative approach to teaching and learning is informed by best practice techniques and the most recent research findings. Using both research-led teaching and the scholarship of teaching, our aim is to inspire the imagination, curiosity and enthusiasm of our students.

Our Learning and Teaching Plan is designed to ensure an unmatched learning environment. Our students are actively encouraged to learn from various sources and we offer opportunities such as:

  • A Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program that supports students who want to achieve the highest possible academic performance. The PASS program places emphasis on students learning from each other and gives new students an opportunity to master the curriculum in small groups of informal study sessions that are assisted by high achieving senior students.
  • A Peer Mentoring Program that is designed to help new students build social and academic networks. Students are teamed with more experienced students who can assist them with their studies and also introduce them to the University's broad range of extracurricular activities.
  • Free workshops organised each semester on topics that include orientation and transition; writing and analytical skills; mathematics revision; and exam preparation.
  • A range of activities, tours and social functions held during the first few weeks of semester to provide a productive and positive introduction to the University.
  • Self-help resources available online, together with face-to-face assistance, provided for study and academic support. Students requiring assistance to write reports and assignments can access selfhelp tests that pinpoint where they might need some extra focus. Find out more about our learning support services.

The University of Sydney Business School also makes substantial investments in IT infrastructure and, as a result, our students have access to excellent study resources. Computing is now fundamental to all study in business and our computer laboratories and lecture theatres cater to many different needs. We provide the latest in technology and an enjoyable atmosphere in which to learn.

Research-led teaching

The University of Sydney is one of the world's most prestigious universities and has an academic and cultural heritage that underpins its stature as a major research based institution. The University is a key member of The Group of Eight - Australia's major research-intensive universities. It is one of only two Australian institutions in the prestigious Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which comprises members from the United States, South America and Australasia.

We have one of the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 200 research degree students currently enrolled.

The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding research reputation and is one of the most successful business faculties in Australia at attracting research funding. Much of our research involves collaboration with business and industry, and extensive consultancy projects are funded by, and involve, collaboration with business and government organisations. Our success in attracting competitive research funding has resulted in $11 million in research grants over the past six years.

The University of Sydney Business School is home to leading national research centres in areas such as accounting, industrial relations, securities, and transport and logistics management.

Our influential research centres include the Workplace Research Centre, one of Australia's leading research and training centres in the area of the world of work. Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies which is a world-renowned centre for the study of transport management, logistics and supply chain management.

Supporting quality and innovative teaching

The University of Sydney Business School is continually developing its programs to meet changing student and community needs. As a result, we offer our students contemporary and professionally relevant programs designed by leading researchers and practitioners.

Degree programs at the University of Sydney Business School are informed by the most recent research findings; by best-practice teaching and learning techniques; by an understanding of business, government and management practices, both nationally and internationally; and through the involvement of our stakeholders.

The Business School has strong links with the business, professional, government and community sectors and they play an important role in our teaching and learning.

In the review of our programs, initiatives and strategic direction, we draw on the collective experience of a distinguished advisory board whose members include corporate leaders and directors, secondary school principals, and accounting, legal and consulting professionals.

Case studies, internships, on-the-job projects, workshops and other learning activities also see direct involvement with business, industry and government. We source further input from practitioners through the appointment of adjunct professors, tutors and guest speakers drawn from the business world.

Generous support from business has seen the University of Sydney Business School establish corporate sponsored prizes and scholarships. These include the Baulderstone Hornibrook Scholarship, Qantas Honours Scholarship, Canon Honours Scholarship, the Investec Prize, the CPA Australia Prize, PriceWaterhouseCoopers PhD Scholarship in transport economics, and the Wayne Lonergan Outstanding Teaching Award.

Promoting internationalisation and cultural diversity

The University of Sydney Business School is part of a vibrant and international learning community incorporating academics, students, corporate partners, governments, schools, and other universities and research institutions.

We have a strong international focus in our programs and curriculum, as well as in the composition of our staff and student bodies. Many of our degree programs either offer a major in international business or incorporate units of study that give an international perspective. A significant number our staff and students come from or have studied overseas, making for a rich and multicultural environment.

The University of Sydney Business School has formal affiliations with international educational institutions such as:

International Exchange Programs are available to eligible students and the following school-specific programs, taught wholly or primarily in English, will accept our graduate students into their MBA programs with minimal limitations:

For a comprehensive list of exchange programs and further information see the University of Sydney International Portfolio.

Our students enjoy the famous University of Sydney physical environment, its convenient location, and its social, cultural and sporting associations and events.

Our campus combines a sandstone heritage with innovative architecture such as the Economics and Business Building. The University is only 10 minutes by bus or train from the Sydney CBD - which is home to three-quarters of Australia's banks, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Reserve Bank, and nearly half of the top 500 Australian companies.

A tradition of excellence and innovation

The mission of the University of Sydney Business School is to build and sustain the leading learning community in business and management education in Australia and its region.

Research expertise and teaching are traditional strengths of the Business School. Expertise in areas such as accounting and finance is complemented by strengths in disciplines such as work and organisations studies,transport and logistics, and international business.