University of New EnglandThe University of New England (UNE to its friends and alumni) was originally formed in 1938 as the New England University College, a College of the University of Sydney. It became fully independent in 1954, and was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. Its original and main campus is located in Armidale in the state of New South Wales.
Since 1955, teaching off-campus students by distance education has been an important part of the University's activities. In 2003 UNE is now Australia's longest continuous provider of distance education and with more than 12,000 external students, is still one of Australia's major providers of awards to off-campus students.