The University of Wollongong (UOW)


At the University of Wollongong (UOW) we are about connecting bright minds through learning and research, to shape the world we live in. We aim to bring people with different passions, strengths, and skills together to collaborate and innovate.

From 3D bioprinting, materials engineering and medicinal chemistry to social transformation, UOW’s research priorities and strengths are working tirelessly to solve complex, real-world problems. At UOW we recognise that the search for solutions to the world’s challenges must be a global one. Recently, we have introduced a major research initiative — the UOW Global Challenges Program — to harness the expertise of world-class interdisciplinary researchers to transform lives and regions.

Whether addressing climate change, modern medical issues, or sustainable food sources, we form alliances with the best minds across the globe. Our strong research partnerships with world-renowned organisations and industry work towards building a sustainable and equitable future for the 21st century.

Locally, our Innovation Campus (iC) is a world-class, award-winning research and commercial precinct. iC is home to a number of UOW’s leading research institutes working in the development of “intelligent” innovative materials with the potential to regenerate damaged human nerves, the development of superconductors that make energy transmission more efficient, new techniques for sustainable building design and maritime law and security. iC also houses UOW’s new iAccelerate initiative designed to support students, staff and the community to build an innovation ecosystem.

UOW is proud to be among the best modern universities in the world. Throughout our 40 years as an independent university, we’ve built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. In fact, 2013 was the sixth year in a row that employers ranked UOW graduates as some of the most career-ready in the world. UOW is ranked in the top 2% of world universities as per the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014/2015.

We are, and always have been, about research excellence.

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1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The University of Wollongong (UOW) published between 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

61 19.01 18.87

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 18 6.13 5.99
Chemistry 35 12.78 12.78
Life Sciences 9 1.90 1.90
Earth & Environmental Sciences 9 1.04 1.04

Highlight of the month: The University of Wollongong (UOW)

Did we kill the Indonesian hobbits?

Facial approximation of Homo floresiensis by Dr Susan Hayes from the University of Wollongong.<br> © University of Wollongong

Facial approximation of Homo floresiensis by Dr Susan Hayes from the University of Wollongong.
© University of Wollongong

Homo floresiensis, an early human-like species affectionately known as ‘hobbits’, may have died out earlier than previously thought, an international team of researchers suggests.

Fossilized hobbit bones were discovered in Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. Estimates dated the remains at 12,000 years, which placed the diminutive species on Earth at the same time as modern humans, who reached Australia about 50,000 years ago.

But, a study published in Nature challenges those earlier figures. Using a range of techniques, scientists dated the Liang Bua fossils and stone tools at 100,000 to 60,000, and 190,000 to 50,000 years old, respectively.

“The overlap does point to the possibility that our species may well have had a hand in their disappearance,” researcher Matt Tocheri of Lakehead University told the Washington Post.

The international team included researchers from the University of Wollongong.

  1. Nature 2016; 532: 366–369 doi: 10.1038/nature17179

View the article on the Nature Index

1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 29.68% Domestic
  • 70.32% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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