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Engineering and IT at UTS

UTS: Engineering and IT is an innovative and research intensive faculty with a strong reputation for its practice-based learning programs and industry engagement.

Our goal is to produce impact-driven, user-centred research outcomes and to incorporate this into our students’ learning. We have a strong focus on collaborative research with the aim of improving individual lives and society as a whole, not just in Australia but around the globe.

Our industry internship programs give students real experience to match the needs of employers, and this is reflected in our high graduate employment rate. Our teaching and learning is centred on our unique UTS Model of Learning framework, which encourages a collaborative and globally relevant learning approach and graduate attributes.

UTS: Engineering and IT

Total number of enrolments*8513
Undergraduate enrolments*5826
Postgraduate Coursework enrolments*2136
Higher Degree Research enrolments*551

*These numbers include students who are enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis as of October 2015.

Our rankings

Ranked No. 2 for Computer Science in Australia in the 2015 academic ranking of world universities (subject fields)Ranked No. 95 in Engineering and IT in the World by Times Higher Education World University Ranings 2014-15

Visit the Ratings and rankings page to find out UTS's overall rankings.

Recent achievements

UTS: Engineering and IT's recent achievements include:


  • FEIT received $11M of research income in 2015, including 4.7M from ARC and NHMRC grants.
  • FEIT had 95 PhD and Masters (research) students complete their degree in 2015. 
  • FEIT received excellent ERA results which demonstrate an increase in the quality of research in Engineering and IT, with 7 fields (4-digit Field of Research (FOR)) and 08 (Information and Computing Sciences) rated above world class (4 or 5).
  • Professor Dacheng Tao, from the Centre of Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, was the recipient of the Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration.
  • Professor Dikai Liu and the Centre for Autonomous Systems team won four awards in 2015 for their biologically inspired climbing robot; the 2015 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Award in the Industry Application Category; the 2015 SafeWork NSW Award for the best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue; the 2015 iAwards National Merit Award in the New Product Category; and the 2015 iAwards New South Wales Merit Award in the New Product Category.
  • “Associate Professor Paul Kennedy and his team members, from the Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems, the Children's Hospital at Westmead, the Centre for Health Technologies and the Advanced Analytics Institute, were awarded the Big Data, Big Impact Grant at the Cancer Institute NSW Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.”
  • Professors Xiaojing Huang and Yingjie Jay Guo, from Global Big Data Technologies Centre, secured $1.53M funding with China Electronic Technology Corporation to develop fundamental technologies for wireless terahertz communications.
  • UTS joined the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre, with Dr Yi Yang from Centre of Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems leading a $1.8M project on semantic indexing of large scale video archives.
  • UTS and Shanghai University established a new joint research centre: Wise Information Systems.
  • Professor Jay Guo and Professor Jie Lu have been appointed to the ARC College of Experts (2016-2018).

Teaching and learning

  • Over 650 FEIT students undertook an internship in 2015
  • The Faculty of Engineering and IT awarded 59 IT scholarships and 16 Engineering scholarships to undergraduate students in 2015. New Sponsors include Campaign Monitor, Toshiba Medical, Warringah Plastics, Weir Minerals. The Faculty also establish two new scholarship from donations from The Eleanor Dunn Family Trust and Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.
  • Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak joined FEIT as Distinguished Professor of Technology

Outreach and community

  • Over the past 3 years, Galuwa Experience has attracted 84 high school students from years 9 to 12. The program to date has raised $403,000 in sponsorship to help expand the program. Current sponsors include Aurecon, ABB, Lend Lease, TransGrid, Westpac, James N Kirby Foundation, UTS Insearch and UTS Jumbunna.
  • 193 students supported the Faculty's new volunteer initiative, reaching out to over 5000 high school students and encouraging them to consider engineering and IT as a career
  • The Lucy Mentoring Program ran at UTS for the fifth time and successfully linked up female engineering and IT students with industry mentors

Engineering and IT building

  • Received a 5-star Green Certified Design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, representing Australian Excellence in the sustainable design of education buildings
  • Received a Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC&R, recognising its outstanding system that utilises solar energy to operate a HVAC&R system
  • 'Highly Commended' in the NSW Government's Green Globe Awards for Built Environment Sustainability

UTS:Engineering and IT building at night. Image: Andrew Worssam.