The University of Sydney, informally known as USyd is an Australian public research university located in Sydney Australia.
The University of Sydney was founded in 1850. This was as a result of the proposal made in the New South Wales Legislative Council by William Wentworth and Charles Nicholson to expand the then Sydney College into a larger university in 1848l. The university was established via the passage of the University of Sydney Act on 24th September 1850. Two years later the University was inaugurated on 11th October 1852. In 1858, the University received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria and by 1859 the university moved to the Sydney suburb of Camper down, its current location.
In 1858, the passage of the electoral act provided for the university to become a constituency for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. In 1896, seven professorships were created:anatomy, zoology, history, law, engineering, logic and mental philosophy and modern literature. In 1938, the New England University College was founded as part of the University of Sydney but later separated in 1954 to become the University of New England. The University of Sydney was at the center of rows to introduce a course of Marxism and feminism in the late 1960’s and several bodies such as the Cumberland College of Heath Sciences and the Sydney College of Arts were incorporated in the university in 1990. At the start of 2010, the university adopted a new logo.
The University of Sydney is managed by a board of directors and the students are represented by the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) for undergraduate students and the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) for the postgraduate students. The university has 16 faculties and schools: Faculty of Agriculture and environment, Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Engineering and Information Technologies, Education and Social Work and Dentistry. The schools include University of Sydney Business School, Sydney Law School, Medical School and Nursing School. The University of Sydney consists of 11 individual libraries located across the University’s campuses and several museums and galleries such as Nicholson Museum, Macleay Museum, and the University Art Gallery.
The University of Sydney is among the top Universities in Australia. The 2016-2017 QS World University Rankings ranked the university in the 46th position in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2016-2017 placed the University of Sydney in the 60th position in the world. Sydney was also ranked in the top bracket for teaching and research.The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the University of Sydney in the 82nd position. Nationally, the University of Sydney is ranked in the 3rd position by the QS World University Rankings.
The university of Sydney is in the top of the list in producing notable alumni not only in Australia but also from all over the world who have made a lot of impacts worldwide. Such people include Sir Robert Madge OBE, the first vice-Chancellor of the University of New England, Brian L. Byrne, a social scientist known for research in psycholinguistics and Matt Barrie, the CEO of Freelancer.com among many others.