Higher education students
Around 356,000 domestic and international students (including offshore students) were enrolled in New South Wales higher education institutions in 2012.
Management and commerce attracted the highest number of students, with more than 93,000 enrolled in courses including:
- banking and finance.
The state also has a high concentration of students in the society and culture field, which includes economics, law and languages.
In 2012, around 79,500 students graduated from NSW universities, 41% of whom completed postgraduate degrees.
World class universities
Australia's universities are world class, as demonstrated by the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2013-14. According to the report, Australia is home to five of the world's top 100 universities, ranking it fifth behind the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.
Two New South Wales universities are placed in the world's top 200 academic institutions:
- the University of Sydney (in the top 100 ranked by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013)
- the University of New South Wales.
|Broad field of education||NSW||VIC|
|No. of students||% of Australia||No. of students||% of Australia|
|Natural and physical sciences||28,484||28.5%||27,854||27.8%|
|Engineering and related technologies||26,563||28.9%||24,736||26.9%|
|Management and commerce||93,362||27.9%||95,972||28.7%|
|Agriculture, environmental and related studies||5,731||30.1%||5,030||26.4%|
|Architecture and building||8,866||30.1%||7,176||24.3%|
|Society and culture2||91,688||33.1%||60,877||22.0%|
|Broad field of education||QLD||Australia|
|No. of students||% of Australia||No. of students|
|Natural and physical sciences||16,648||16.6%||100,074|
|Engineering and related technologies||17,031||18.5%||91,962|
|Management and commerce||53,738||16.1%||334,770|
|Agriculture, environmental and related studies||3,419||17.9%||19,068|
|Architecture and building||5,772||19.6%||29,483|
|Society and culture2||39,064||14.1%||277,032|
- Data for the 39 accredited universities are shown
- Includes Economics/econometrics, law, and languages among others
- Includes Food, hospitality and personal services, mixed field programs and non-award courses
- The data takes into account the coding of Combined Courses to two fields of education. As a consequence, counting both fields of education for Combined Courses means that the total may be less than the sum of all broad fields of education.
Source: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Students: Selected Higher Education Statistics, 2012