The University of Western Sydney, also known as UWS, is a multi-campus, university in the Greater Western region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was ranked among the top 600 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education/QS ranking in 2009 and 2010. UWS has campuses in Greater Western Sydney - Parramatta, Richmond, Blacktown, Penrith (comprising Werrington South, Werrington North, and Kingswood), Bankstown, and Campbelltown. UWS is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees. In recent years UWS has opened a medical school. If all UWS campuses were to be combined, it would total approximately 1713.50 hectares. In 2012, UWS was ranked 19th among Australian Universities by the Australian Education Network  up from 23 the previous year. In the fall of autumn from early 2009, UWS was placed within the top 600 universities worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings/QS ranking and hopes to improve on its performance.