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Introduction to UTAS

Our History and People Profile


The University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest university in Australia, established in 1890. A state-wide institution, it embraced the Tasmanian State Institute of Technology in 1991, the Australian Maritime College in 2008, and now has three main campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.

It employs approximately 2,600 academic and general staff and has a student population of around 24,500 which includes approximately 4,800 postgraduates (course work & research) and 5,100 international students.

The international profile of the University is well established and continues to grow. There are students enrolled from more than 60 countries and a range of offshore programs are held in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

As the State's only university, UTAS also plays a special role in serving the State's educational needs as well as advancing its cultural, economic and social interests. 

Our Research Profile

UTAS is an international university working out of Tasmania. We rank in the top ten research universities in Australia and have an enviable reputation in some of our distinctive areas of research and teaching.

We are Australia's Antarctic University, hosting the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS) and the Antarctic and Climate Ecosystems CRC. We also have an internationally recognised research profile in marine and Antarctic scienceagriculture, forestry, food science, aquaculture, geology and geometallurgy, and medical research.

The University has a unique partnership with the Tasmanian State Government, which is demonstrated by collaboration with the State through TIAR (the Tasmanian Institute for Agricultural Research), TAFI (the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute) and TILES (The Institute for Law Enforcement Studies) among others.

Our Teaching

UTAS offers a diverse range of courses through six Faculties - Arts, Education, Health Science, Business, Law, and Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). Most postgraduate courses are research-based, but the University is intent on expanding its postgraduate coursework programs through the Graduate School.

As a university spread across three campuses State-wide, and with expanding activities inter-state and overseas, we have a commitment to flexible education delivery.

During 2007 and 2008 the quality of teaching and learning at UTAS was rewarded by the Federal Government, which saw UTAS rank in the top 10 Universities in Australia overall for performance as part of the government's teaching and learning performance funding.

Our Distinctiveness

The distinctiveness of the University is expressed through themes which draw on both its geographical location and particular strengths. These areas also align with National Research Priority Areas, CSIRO Flagship programs and Tasmania Together Initiatives: There are six themes:

  • Antarctic and Marine Studies
  • Environment and Wilderness
  • Sustainable Primary Production
  • Frontier Technologies
  • Population and Health
  • Community, Place and Change

The UTAS Mission


The University of Tasmania is committed to continuing its long tradition of excellence in the creation, preservation, communication and application of knowledge and to scholarship that is global in scope, distinctive in its specialisations and reflects the distinctiveness of Tasmania. The University will provide leadership within its community contributing to the cultural, economic and social development of Tasmania.

The UTAS Vision

The University of Tasmania will be ranked among the top echelon of research-led universities in Australia. The University will be a world leader in its specialist, thematic areas and will be recognised for its contribution to State and national development. As Australia's "natural choice for study", UTAS will be supported by its high quality academic community, its unique island setting and its distinctive student experience.

The UTAS Statement of Values

The Statement of Values is designed to complement our current Mission and Vision statements. These statements speak about what we do. They are very clear about the excellence we need to display, as well as how we perceive our role and character.

Our Statement of Values speaks about the kind of community we want to be in order to deliver on these statements. It speaks about who we are together, the actions that will take us to success.

The development of the UTAS Statement of Values was a key recommendation of the Your Voice process. This process of developing the Statement of Values has had the strong backing of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, who sees it as laying a foundation for his consultations with respect to the new strategic plan. The Statement of Values will guide our new strategic plan, the way we work and the things we work on.

Open to Talent

Throughout 2011 the University undertook a substantial review of its strategic direction and developed a clear set of objectives that will guide its development over the next decade. The outcomes of this highly collaborative process have been captured in Open to Talent: Strategic Plan 2012 Onwards (PDF 669KB).

Open to Talent articulates a future for the University of Tasmania, building upon the significant achievements of our past and setting a course for the next decade. The UTAS motto Ingeniis Patuit Campus or 'the field is open to talent', adopted 75 years ago, captures our spirit, reflecting our vitality and confidence in our identity and openness to our communities and the world. The strategic objectives outlined in Open to Talent are defined around the key themes of research, students and community.

There are three printable versions of the plan available to staff:

To request a printed copy of the plan or its supporting versions, please contact us.

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