UTS – helping Australia rise to the challenges of COVID-19

By May 12, 2020 No Comments

How Australia’s leading young university is contributing to the fight.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia’s number one young university, is deeply engaged in the worldwide fight against COVID-19. Building on UTS’s strong reputation for research, academics across many disciplines are currently engaged in robust research into the pandemic and its effects. These efforts include an exciting collaboration between the faculties of Science and Engineering & IT to develop a new, rapid diagnostic test, led by Associate Professors Majid Warkiani, Olga Shimoni, and Distinguished Professor Dayon Jing. Distinguished Professor Jim Macnamara and Professor Maureen Taylor are working with the World Health Organisation to help improve the effectiveness of its COVID-19 health communications through audience research and measurement.

Engaging in the public conversation

Leading UTS academics have also been widely published in magazines and journals – on such varied subjects as the challenges of home schooling and the effects of isolation on mental health, the reasons some people are asymptomatic, the race to develop new ICU ventilators, the merits of homemade face masks – drawing on their research to add rigour to a vital public conversation. 

UTS also recently presented Life After Lockdown, the first in an online series, that brought together three global experts in the fields of inflammation, respiratory illnesses, virology, and infectious diseases. Together, they examined the current global charge to find a vaccine and discussed how governments might go about relaxing social distancing measures while still minimising the spread of the virus. The event also explored the current landscape of research investment in Australia. You can join the Life After Lockdown series:

Supporting students in challenging times

UTS quickly adapted to the demands of social distancing and is now delivering most subjects online. The University is actively supporting students experiencing financial hardship, establishing a Student Support Package that includes grants and loans for eligible students currently in Australia.

To keep its students on track with their studies, UTS Insearch, the pathway to UTS, has also introduced Remote Learning – interactive classes taught in real-time using technology. These innovations have been made possible through the collaboration of highly qualified teachers, world-leading technology, and caring specialist staff in student support services. Students have already responded positively to these changes and are keeping up-to-date with their studies. 

International Virtual Open Day

International students wanting to study at UTS will still be able to enjoy a taste of university life, with plans underway for a Virtual Open Day this month. This event will include live video presentations and Q&A sessions, where aspiring students and their parents can interact with UTS staff, student ambassadors, and faculty representatives to learn about UTS courses, services and resources, and student life. There will even be the opportunity to participate in a model class. The event runs from May 25-29, and you can register at

Careers of the Future Webinar

Also running in May for students in Sri Lanka who are interested in Engineering or IT at UTS, is an exciting webinar, Careers of the Future, presented by UTS Insearch Sri Lanka on 14 May. Students who wish to begin their Engineering or IT studies at the new campus in Colombo can explore various UTS degrees and courses and experience a virtual tour of the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) campus in Sydney. Hosted by Ms Alison Hiscox, Principal, UTS Insearch Sri Lanka, the event will include presentations from leading academics from UTS and UTS Insearch, and an opportunity to meet lecturers and students from UTS Insearch Sri Lanka.  To register for the Careers of the Future webinar, please visit 

About UTS and UTS Insearch

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university, ranked as Australia’s top young university in the 2020 QS Top 50 under 50 – and ranking 140th in the world overall – reflecting its strengths in employability, research, teaching, and internationalisation. 

UTS Insearch, the pathway to UTS has a vibrant new campus in Colombo.  Students who successfully complete their diploma or UTS Foundation Studies course at UTS Insearch Sri Lanka can go on to complete their UTS degrees in the heart of Sydney, Australia once COVID-19 travel restrictions end.

Find out more or call/Whatsapp the Principal, Alison Hiscox on  077 075 6871.