As a campus of UNSW and the only national institution with an integrated defence focus, the aspiration of UNSW Canberra is:


to be one of the top specialist institutions in the world by achieving a significant international research profile,
thereby ensuring the delivery of education services to the Australian Defence Force is of the highest standard.


Strategic research partnerships both locally and internationally with select universities/specialist institutions, industry and government organisations for mutual benefits contribute to achieving this vision by broadening the student experience, recruiting students of the highest calibre, and supporting researchers to collaborate with the best in their fields internationally


Within Australia, UNSW Canberra actively pursues strategies to promote collaborations with government and industry organisations such as ACTEW Water, Astrium Ltd, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Australian Institute of Sport, CSIRO, Department of Defence, Department of Industry, Defence Science & Technology Group, Lockheed Martin Australia Pty Ltd and The Canberra Hospital.

Internationally, UNSW has actively worked with industry and government organisations such as Airbus Defence and Space, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and US Department of Air Force, and has formed strategic partnerships with a number of universities in America, Asia and Europe to enhance research collaborations and student experience.