The University of Newcastle is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Demonstrating our commitment to relevant teaching is our approach to problem-based learning, first pioneered by us some 25 years ago, which underpins our degree programs in medicine, engineering, architecture, nursing, social work and law. To meet today's challenges, our NeW Directions: Education Plan focuses on delivering accessible, high quality programs through innovative models. With an emphasis on good teaching and an outstanding student experience, we will continue to produce globally competitive graduates and maintain our place among the best in Australia for teaching and learning. Among our staff are experts who rank in the top one per cent in their field in the world, as well as national and state recipients of Teacher of the Year winners of the prestigious Australian Awards for University Teaching.The University of Newcastle offers students an engaged approach to learning through programs that integrate study with practical experience, paid employment and research. With practical work placement an assessable part of more than 90 per cent of programs offered across all five faculties, our career-ready graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in Australia. Seventy five per cent of our bachelor graduates secure a full-time job within four months of finishing their studies.In 2013, the University of Newcastle announced NeW Space - a $95 million landmark education precinct in Newcastle CBD that will harness the latest in technology and innovation in teaching and learning to deliver a world-class student experience. NeW Space will provide a unique platform for staff to develop and test ideas that use emerging technologies in teaching and engage students in new and exciting ways.