University description (as per official university website)
he history of the University of Ballarat dates, through its predecessor institutions, from 1870 when the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat was founded. This makes it the third oldest tertiary education institution in Australia.
In another sense, we are one of Australia's newer universities, having been declared a University in 1994. In 1998, the University of Ballarat merged with the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat (which had a campus at Ararat as well as in the heart of Ballarat), and with the Horsham-based Wimmera Institute of TAFE, which had a Stawell campus.
Since that time, we have focused on achieving greater educational benefits for the communities we serve in Central and Western Victoria, as well as other parts of Australia and overseas, and developing strategic strengths closely allied to the needs of the region.
From 2002, the University has co-located all of its visual and performing arts programs (TAFE and Higher Education) at the Camp Street Arts Education precinct. This site, bordered by Sturt, Lydiard, Mair and Camp Streets in Ballarat, dates from 1852 when it was home to the police camp overlooking the goldfields. During the second half of the 19th century, many fine permanent civic buildings were erected including the original police station, court-house, library, post office, mining exchange and art gallery. These re-furbished buildings plus two new ones make up the Camp Street campus and provide a dynamic and vibrant arts and cultural environment for the students of the University and the broader community of Ballarat.
The University of Ballarat (UB) is Australias only regional multi-sector university. We are the third oldest site of higher learning in Australia, and offer secondary schooling, technical and further education (TAFE), higher education, and research opportunities. We have six campuses, located at the Mt Helen, SMB and Camp Street campuses in Ballarat and at Horsham, Stawell and Ararat. We also work with a range of partner institutes across Australia and the world.
UB has around 25,000 international and domestic students. We are committed to serving regional Victorian communities, yet have a broad national and international outlook. UB offers the best of both worlds; combining a strong tradition of 137 years of tertiary education with the freedom and dynamism that comes with being a multi-sector University with close links to local industry and technology.