2017 News Archive


Programmed for Success

Tuan Nguyen

Recent graduate Tuan Nguyen is using his enthusiasm for engineering to ignite a new passion for learning in high school students through a unique mentoring program... read more

Alumni recognised for outstanding contributions on Australia Day

Katie Kelly

Seven UTS alumni are among the outstanding Australians recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours for their contributions to sport, public service, diversity and community organisations... read more


Alumni invited to apply for UTS Hatchery+ start up acceleratory


Calling all alumni! Are you a passionate entrepreneur with an innovative early stage venture? If so, UTS: Hatchery+ can help take your start-up to the next level... read more

UTS Alumni invited to participate in new mentoring program in China

UTS Alumni hashtag

The Australia China Alumni Association is inviting UTS alumni to participate in its 2017 Mentor Program... read more

Transforming campus: Alumni artworks featured in giant new outdoor gallery

Jones St Gallery

From spacemen to dancing bunnies, fairytale lands and ocean vistas, the work of eight of our most talented visual communication graduates has been featured in a giant new outdoor gallery along Ultimo’s Jones Street, as work commences on the nearby UTS Central Project... read more

Shanghai stories in store for UTS alumni

Kersti Muras

TS alumni are headed to China in March thanks to a new scholarship that will see them participate in the 2017 China Australia Millennial Project... read more

UTS alumni films selected for SXSW Film Festival

Stephanie Beatriz and Michael Stahl-David in a still from The Light of the Moon

Films by three UTS graduates have been selected for this year's internationally-renowned SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival, to be held in Austin, Texas in March... read more

Six short films from UTS to feature in new ABC series

A still from Selena Shannon's short animation Wildwood

Get the popcorn ready! Six short films by UTS alumni have been featured in the ABC’s newest film festival screening this March... read more

UTS celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first engineers

Ken Griffiths

UTS’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology marked 50 years of teaching civil and structural engineering in February – a tradition that began at UTS’s antecedent institution, the New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT)... read more

Innovators share their tips for start-up success

India reception panel

Four UTS graduates share their learnings and experience in the Indian start-up scene... read more


Tech projects for social good recognised with $1m prizes

Clary Castrission

Two inspiring projects harnessing the power of technology for social good have been awarded ‘Technology Against Poverty’ prizes worth $500,000... read more

Harvard calling for two UTS Fulbright Scholars

Alison Whittaker

Two UTS graduates are Harvard-bound after being awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarships... read more


Young changemakers invited to apply for Dragon 100 program

World map

UTS alumni are invited to join fellow young changemakers in the 2017 Dragon 100 program... read more

Embracing the thought revolution

Louise McWhinnie

Step inside the world's first faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation and learn how UTS is embracing a uniquely collaborative approach to the future of work and research.... read more


We are UTS

UTS brand refresh

UTS's new visual identity has arrived, capturing the university's creative, energetic, and entrepreneurial spirit thanks to a one-of-a kind data visualisation tool. uts-brand-refresh.jpg (saved in finals)... read more

Alreza Ahadi: Against all odds

 Associate Professor Gyorgy Hutvagner and Dr Alireza Ahadi

Find out how a UTS biologist and an Iranian UTS graduate and PhD student with a background in IT have teamed up to develop an online tool that helps to identify and develop targeted treatments for diseases like cancer and dementia ... read more

When War Comes Home

Anna Denejkina

How can combat trauma in a parent affect their child’s development? UTS graduate and PhD candidate Anna Denejkina is drawing on her own experience, and that of others, to find out ... read more

Hatchlings Take Flight

Annette McClelland

UTS Communications graduate Annette McClelland entered UTS’s Hatchery start-up incubation program looking for some basic entrepreneurial skills. Six months later, she came out with an award-winning drone tech start-up now rocketing to success. And now the Hatchery team is inviting other entrepreneurial UTS alumni to participate in their unique incubator program ... read more

Bright young things: UTS students and graduates prepare to get noticed at 2017 Vivid Sydney

DAB vivid team

Dozens of UTS students and graduates will have their creative vision splashed across sites including Australian National Maritime Museum, Westfield Sydney, and The Rocks, as part of the annual lighting extravaganza, Vivid Sydney, which attracts over two million visitors every year. ... read more

New postgraduate program addresses the need for policy professionals with practical skills

Business meeting

A new degree to train the policy professionals of the future and prepare them to tackle the complex policy issues facing 21st century societies is being launched by UTS’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance.... read more

Speed dating connects alumni to student volunteers

Lynne Dalton

Speed dating connects alumni to student volunteers. In a twist to the classic ‘speed-dating’ format, over 140 people filled the room at a speed networking event for student volunteers and community not-for-profits, at UTS last week.... read more

Close knit friendship inspires not-for-profit project

Anita Dawson and Tamara Shaw

A close knit friendship between UTS graduates Anita Dawson and Tamara Shaw inspired the launch of a not-for-profit project bringing together yarn lovers who craft beanies for sick kids.... read more


The power of citizen scientists

Man looking at Balls Pyramid

How does a 190-year old research icon remain relevant? Just ask Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay, as she shares how 'citizen scientists' are playing an important role in the future of science research.... read more

New masters dive into the world of big data

First MDSI Graduates

Meet Eduardo Lynch, Pedro Fernandez and William De Azevedo: three recent graduates ready to springboard into the world of big data.... read more

Meet the Class of 2017

Neus Pelegri

Five of our newest graduates share their stories and tips for enjoying every moment at UTS... read more

Kickstart your start-up idea at the UTS Hatchery+

UTS Hatchery Logo

Have a cool start-up idea or already working on your start-up? Applications are now open for UTS alumni to apply for the UTS Hatchery+ program... read more

Hats off to the Class of 2017

UTS Graduates 2017

The Tower Building of the UTS campus was buzzing for two weeks in May as more than 4,000 new graduates celebrated with fellow graduates and their proud loved ones.... read more

UTS alumni and staff honoured on Queen's Birthday

Caroline Homer

UTS is delighted to congratulate the alumni, staff and other distinguished members of the UTS community recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List... read more

How to ‘futureproof’ yourself for success

UTS alumni in the UK recently heard from industry leaders on the skills that will be essential for the jobs of tomorrow... read more

Exploring the future of work in Asia-Pacific

Beijing reception attendees

Agility and adaptability to change are the key ‘soft skills’ required to succeed in an ever-changing workplace, UTS graduates heard at a series of panel discussions exploring the future of work across China and Hong Kong in June... read more

UTS on the rise

Girl on laptop

UTS is again on the rise, jumping 17 places in the latest QS World University Rankings... read more


UTS again on the rise

Students in the data arena

Following on from a leap in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, UTS has been placed 8th in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Ranking and once again top ranked in Australia... read more


UTS unleashes winning robot design

Pepper the robot

Our first robotics team, UTS Unleashed!, took on the world’s best at the biggest robot competition in Japan recently, with unexpected results...read more

Learning on country

Campfire chat at Garma 2017

A group of UTS graduates, staff and supporters recently journeyed to the far north of the Northern Territory to experience the Garma Festival and reimagine the way forward for Indigenous education...read more

Entrepreneur and mentor wins top alumni honour

Rob Castaneda

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rob Castaneda, founder and CEO of ServiceRocket, was recognised for his outstanding achievement and commitment to mentoring young entrepreneurs, as UTS celebrated the achievements of graduates around the world at the UTS Alumni Awards 2017...read more

Start up your innovation career in Beijing

CAMP Scholars in Shanghai

UTS offers scholarships for alumni to attend CAMP 2018!...read more

UTS Law graduate recognised for human rights advocacy

Li Hua Tong

The tireless work of UTS graduate and public interest lawyer Li Hua Tong (Master of Laws, 2004) as an advocate for the rights of children, women and migrant workers in China has been recognised at the prestigious Advance Global Australian Awards...read more


Internships a win-win

Student with mentor

For students about to fly the UTS coop and embark on their career, internships can be invaluable: a way to build professional skills, gain practical workplace experience and enhance employability. It might even land them their first job after graduation...read more

Girt by fear

Woman wearing headphones

Hit horror-comedy web series Girt By Fear follows six young Sydney-siders on their way to a Halloween party. Good times quickly turn bad when all manner of frightening, horrific and just plain gory events befall the group...read more

Never too late to learn

Tina Allen with computer

From hospital scientist to medical journalist to book author, Tina Allen has transformed her career through a passion for lifelong learning...read more

Making the refugee story visible

Abdul Hekmat

Communications graduate Abdul Karim Hekmat is bringing visual depictions of the stories of refugees into sharp focus at an exhibition at UTS Gallery this October...read more

UTS Law celebrates its 40th anniversary

Law 40th Anniversary gathering

UTS’s Faculty of Law has this year marked its 40th anniversary as a law school; celebrating 40 years since it began delivering lectures at UTS’s precursor – the New South Wales Institute of Technology – in 1977...read more

UTS honours two of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs

Brian Wilson presenting George Koukis with an award

Two of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, who both founded businesses from humble beginnings to become global powerhouses, have been honoured by UTS this week for their contribution to business leadership and the community...read more

Celebrating the Class of 2017

Graduation photos

For a week in October the Tower Building was buzzing as almost 2,500 UTS graduates donned their gowns and caps, taking selfies and celebrating with their proud loved ones...read more


Balancing act

Zepeng Wei

UTS nursing graduate Zepeng Wei returned to UTS to study traditional Chinese medicine, but not for a straightforward career change. Wei discusses his plans to find a happy medium between Eastern and Western medical practices – and how he’s balancing his work and study...read more

Meet the boss

George Koukis

From humble beginnings to global tech powerhouse, Swiss-based Australian entrepreneur and UTS graduate, George Koukis, shares the personal philosophy at the heart of his multi-billion-dollar company, Temenos...read more

Dr Chau Chak Wing Scholarships program passes 100 scholars mark

Dr Chau Chak Wing with a scholarship recipient

The visionary exchange program is building bilateral bridges for the next generation of leaders and innovators from Australia and China...read more

Parramatta Female Factory Precinct named as National Heritage site

Female Factory Building

For ten years UTS staff and students have worked with Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association to build a body of work to support the heritage recognition of Parramatta Female Factory Precinct. Last week it was named one of Australia’s most important heritage sites...read more

UTS alumni win prestigious Australia China Alumni Awards

ACAA Winners

Two UTS graduates have been recognised for their outstanding leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship and finance at the 9th annual Australia China Alumni Awards...read more


Pitch Perfect

Blaise McCann

Competing with an impressive line-up of entrepreneurs – many of them UTS alumni – Communications graduate Blaise McCann has won first prize at the Hatchery Accelerate Demo Day for her sartorial startup, Hear Us Roar...read more

Off to Oxford

Ashley Barnes

UTS law and international studies graduate Ashleigh Barnes is the first UTS recipient of a Rhodes scholarship and one of nine outstanding young Australians selected for one of the world’s most coveted postgraduate scholarship...read more

Business woman of the year changing lives through social enterprise

Violet Roumeliotis

UTS alumna Violet Roumeliotis has been awarded Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year for 2017...read more

Winning ideas to help drone operators and maths students

Mahya Mirzaei and Annette McClelland

UTS alumni Mahya Mirzaei and Annette McClelland are joint winners of this year's annual IBISWorld 3P Innovation Competition, sharing $25,000 in prize money for their innovative start-up ideas...read more

Read more in our 2016 News Archive section.