Dubbo, Optometry

I have loved the five years I have spent at Shalom - the experience has been fantastic! Coming from the country I was nervous about moving to Sydney. Shalom made the transition so easy and I soon made great friends in college!


Message from the College Master

Shalom College is an outstanding university residential college that is committed to quality and excellence in all its endeavours.

The College celebrates diversity and multiculturalism and accommodates males and females irrespective of religious affiliation. It is non-denominational and does not promote any religious ideology.

It was established by the Jewish community in Sydney in 1973, but, like the university and the country, the majority of residents come from diverse religious backgrounds. In Semester 2, 2014, in numerical order, the college had 54 students who classified themselves as Christian (including Catholic), 48 who described themselves as having no religion, 12 Jewish, 9 Hindu, 5 Buddhist and 4 Muslim. As a result of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program there were 28 Indigenous residents. The College had 77 Australian and 53 International students.

We value learning and academic excellence, and provide residents with an environment and activities that will promote their academic success and all-round development - intellectual, cultural, inter-personal,  physical/sporting and leadership.

To achieve this, we provide a safe and healthy living environment – one that includes physical and emotional safety and a nourishing and healthy diet – because we believe that this is essential for students to optimise their ability to learn, develop and grow.

We do not want residents who subscribe to notions of the 'pub culture' or who seem to believe that excessive alcohol consumption is a pre-requisite to having fun. Neither do we want inconsiderate or intolerant individuals.

Our ethos and smaller size contribute to the friendly community atmosphere and collegial spirit that pervades College life. Being the most modern of the UNSW colleges, we are fortunate in being able to offer first rate facilities - with many features that are unavailable elsewhere.

Life in College may well be the most fulfilling and enjoyable period of one's life. Those who make the most of it by participating actively, experience university in a way that no day student can, and develop a superb network of friends and future professional contacts.

Dr Hilton Immerman OAM JP
BA, U E D Natal; BA (Hons) S.Africa; M Ed Admin UNSW; MA Brandeis, USA; PhD UNSW; Hon. Fellow (UNSW)
College Master / Chief Executive Officer


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