Developing Human Capital

Economic Impact Human Capital

Key facts:


Enrolled students



Top 1%

for graduates as rated by global employers



Embedded in the University of Wollongong’s curriculum themes, principles and practices is a strong real-world focus to make sure our graduates are career-ready.

UOW has been a catalyst for Wollongong’s transformation from an industrial city into a university city focused on the knowledge economy, and it will be the skills and smarts of our people – the human capital - that will be pivotal in keeping Australia economically competitive and socially cohesive.

We are a world-class, research-intensive university that provides important opportunities and access to quality higher education in regional, rural and remote areas of southern NSW through our system of satellite campuses. These campuses also play an important role in building strong relationships between the University and local communities.

Our alumni population of more than 134,000 make economic, social, cultural and environmental contributions throughout Australian society, and connect to more than 175 businesses and governments around the world.

We produce graduates who can perform highly-skilled jobs, adding to the productive capacity of the economy and long-term growth. 

UOW graduate earnings premium


more earned by UOW grads


per year


over working lifetime

  Human Capital Graph

UOW alumni make a big impact

Our alumni are ethical, agile thinkers who are competitive in a global economy. Read about some of the UOW alumni who have made an impact in their careers on page 5 of the summarised report

Last reviewed: 28 November, 2016