Mumbai is one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5% of India’s GDP, and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India (Mumbai Port Trust & JNPT), and 70% of capital transactions to India’s economy. The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India’s premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, NPCL, IREL, TIFR, AERB, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy. Mumbai’s business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.

It contributes to 10% of factory employment, 25% of industrial output, 33% of income tax collections, 60% of customs duty collections, 20% of central excise tax collections, 40% of India’s foreign trade and 4,000 crore (US$728 million) in corporate taxes.

Mumbai’s GDP is 919,600 crore (US$167.37 billion), and its per-capita income is 486,000 (US$8,845.2), which is almost three times the national average. Many of India’s numerous conglomerates (including Larsen and Toubro, State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Tata Group, Godrej, Reliance, BSE and NSE), and five of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Mumbai. Many foreign banks and financial institutions also have branches in this area, with the World Trade Centre being the most prominent one. Mumbai has been ranked 48th on the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index. Mumbai was ranked seventh in the list of “Top Ten Cities for Billionaires” by Forbes magazine. Mumbai is well connected by suburban railway and BEST bus services which account for about 88% of the passenger traffic. It has well developed infrastructure facilities.

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is one of the busiest commercial hubs in the Asia- Pacific region with a cosmopolitan population. It has a population of over 4 million and is a vibrant, multi-cultural city. With a huge variety of attractions, you can explore its many historic sites, museums, parks, retail outlets, restaurants and bars. Sydneysiders are friendly and energetic with a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ approach to life. Sydney boasts of world class cultural and educational institutions, and iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney is the commercial heart of the nation. While you study here, you will be able to enjoy sport and cultural events, including our spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations and the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations held outside Asia. Sport is a vital part of Sydney life and there are plenty of teams to support and a variety of sports to play. UWS has tied up with the Western Sydney Wanderers soccer team and the AFL’s GWS Giants team.

Western Sydney
The Greater Western Sydney region is the home of UWS and stretches from Parramatta, the geographical centre of Sydney, to the Blue Mountains on the western edge of the metropolitan Sydney area.

Greater Western Sydney is also a global centre for trade, innovation and learning with the third largest economy in Australia. Of the top 500 companies in Australia, 150 are based in the area, making it the ideal location for future leaders. Home to more than one in 11 Australians, Greater Western Sydney has the most diverse multicultural communities in the world. As an international student studying at UWS and with half the world’s nations represented in western Sydney, you have every chance of feeling at home in the region.

Greater Western Sydney is also home to the largest urban indigenous population in Australia which includes the traditional Aboriginal groups – Darug, Gandangarra and Tharawal.

Safety in Australia
Australia is a very safe country compared to other parts of the world. When you arrive in Australia you will find the majority of people open and friendly with a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life. To find out more about safety in Australia, visit the website below:

Sydney Climate Temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters.

Average temperature (low-high):
December – February:
17–26 degrees Celsius

March – May:
11–24 degrees Celsius

June – August:
9–17 degrees Celsius

September – November:
11–24 degrees Celsius