About us

A significant element of the UNSW 2025 Strategy is to extend our global impact through partnerships that provide a new model of international research collaborations, build industry partnerships, and provide a competitive advantage. It is also designed to ensure graduates have the required profile and capabilities to compete in a global market place. Developing innovative pedagogy, and using technology to enhance and transform the student experience complements initiatives in educational excellence and international education.  

The major challenges facing the world today are global in nature and the development of potential ...


The PLuS Alliance combines ...

Arizona State University is a public research university, measured by student inclusion and success; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. ASU has been named the most innovative university in the US thanks to its focus on use-inspired research in sustainability, defence, emergency management and science and technology. ASU has a track record in delivering digital immersion education and has more than 90 academic programs entirely online.

King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015/15 QS World University Rankings) and has a particularly distinguished reputation in humanities, health and medicine, law, sciences and social science, including international affairs. Its research has helped shape modern life from the discovery of DNA structure to development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar technology.

UNSW Sydney is a recognized leader in innovation, focusing on areas critical to the future from climate change, renewable technologies and sustainable cities to business, public health and human rights. Its solar cell engineers hold world records for converting sunlight into electricity, and its quantum physicists are leading the race to build the world’s first quantum computer in silicon. UNSW has unparalleled industry links, and produces more technology entrepreneurs and top CEOs than any other Australian university.

The four key themes of the PLuS Alliance focus our research and teaching to deliver solutions to global challenges:

  • Sustainability taps into our ability to innovate in order to balance human need and growth with the limited resources of this earth

  • Global Health addresses multiple persistent and emerging health issues for all people on this earth

  • Social Justice defines and reduces the number of roadblocks between humanity in pursuit of a peaceful and prosperous coexistence

  • Technology and Innovation expands the rate of interaction between humanity and technological or scientific breakthroughs

Bamboo Tunnel Reforestation


Sustainability is the need to ensure that the components and processes of the natural world are not diminished and continue to provide human populations with ecosystem goods and services as well as maintaining ecosystems in their own right. In this sense, environmental sustainability aims to meet the needs of humans for access to environmental resources for the survival of both current and future generations of humans, and to sustain biodiversity across the globe. Environmental sustainability is an inherently interdisciplinary concept, with interacting economic, ecological, technological, socio-political, philosophical, governance and legal dimensions.

Global Health

Global health is concerned with rethinking the meaning of health and wellbeing in the context of globalisation. It is concerned with research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Sustainable development and growth relies on the ability to eliminate persistent and emerging health problems across the globe with a consideration for the wellbeing and health of all people in accordance with the United Nations sustainable development goals.

Global Health
Social Justice

Social Justice

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. Social justice promotes gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. Social justice removes barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. Distributive justice is concerned with the way in which resources are allocated within society, including patterns of inequality relating to gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race, and the intergenerational transmission of poverty and disadvantage.

Technology & Innovation

The technological innovation system is a concept developed within the scientific field of innovation studies. It explains the nature and rate of technological change through a dynamic network of agents interacting in a specific economic/industrial area under a particular institutional infrastructure and involved in the generation, diffusion and utilisation of technology. The approach may be applied to at least three levels of analysis: to a technology as a knowledge-field, to a product or to an artefact, or to a set of related products and artefacts aimed at satisfying a particular (societal) function.

Technology & Innovation