Published: 27th September 2018
UNSW Sydney to adopt new academic calendar to suit evolving educational needs
The new calendar is aimed to give students more flexibility, allow them to spread their study load over more of the year
As part of its continuing reforms to suit evolving educational needs, UNSW Sydney, a research and teaching universities, is switching the dates of its academic calendar from 2019 to a February-December one like the US quarter-calendar used by top universities like Stanford and UCLA.
According to the new calendar, UNSW would have three 10-week teaching terms, and an optional five-week summer term, in a year. “As part of a progressive and innovative 2025 strategy, UNSW is moving to a new academic calendar model from February 2019,” the varsity, ranked 45 in the QS global rankings, announced.
The new calendar is aimed to give students more flexibility, allow them to spread their study load over more of the year. Studying fewer courses per term will enable deeper learning, spreading the teaching across the year will reduce pressure on classrooms and laboratories and create a more vibrant main campus.
The change in calendar is in accordance with what UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs said: “Universities need to evolve and one of the challenges is the changing work environment and the need for people to have lifelong education… we’re already thinking about short courses that fit with what industry wants.”
The alignment with the Northern Hemisphere university calendars will help create more global opportunities for students and reduce pressure on them. Students will study three rather than four courses each term. The 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employability, that reviewed 500 universities, has placed UNSW 28th in the world for graduate employability.
UNSW has been attracting a growing number of bright Indian students for Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies in Business, Commerce, IT, Engineering, Design & Architecture.
According to Mr. Matt Henderson, Head of Partnerships, Asia at the Division of External Relations UNSW, “UNSW’s new academic calendar will give students the flexibility to spread their study load over the year, allowing them to take up more work-integrated learning opportunities and hence continuously evolve to meet market demand and to anticipate future requirements. This is what makes UNSW stand out.”