The University of Western Australia (UWA) was founded in 1911. It is a member of Australia’s leading Group of Eight universities, a member of the Matariki Group and Worldwide Universities Network.
UWA has a fundamental responsibility to produce global citizens with an appreciation for economic development, social justice, cultural sensitivities and ecological sustainability.
UWA supports the principles and goals espoused by the United Nations to create a genuinely sustainable future. UWA commits to a sustainable future through memberships with United Nations. UWA became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UNPRME) in 2013; a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in 2015; a partner of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and a member of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) in 2016. UWA is subsequently guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals in much of the teaching, research, service and operational activities.
UWA’s commitment to sustainability is also reflected on its 2030 Vision and Strategic Plan 2020-25 highlighted as:
- Focusing our teaching and research on resolving the world’s grand challenges to improve lives and our environment.
- Embedding sustainability and fair trade principles into the developmental and operational activities of the campus.
- Engaging openly and ensuring our research benefits a wider range of communities.
The Strategic Plan strengthens and advances its sustainability commitment through ambitious goals such as global recognition for leadership in public space sustainability; creating a more clean, green and sustainable campus; establishing workforce plans that reflect inclusion and diversity needs; promoting sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and expanding our positive influence in the region of the Indian Ocean Rim through fostering research clusters such as those on migration, and modern slavery.
UWA seeks to enhance its global relevance through partnerships with other forward-thinking institutions, particularly in the following research fields:
- Oceans and Marine Environment
- Life Sciences and Building Healthy Communities
- Environmental Science, Sustainability and Engineering
- Peace, Justice and Culture
- Clean Energy
- Radioastronomy, Astrophysics and the Universe
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Responsible management
- Active citizenship