Australian Universities

This page provides links to university websites and links to Universities’ Australia’s summary profiles of each of Australia’s 39 universities (plus the newly established MCD University of Divinity).  Eventually we’ll get around to doing our own summary profiles, as for this draft of the University of the Sunshine Coast .

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a publicly funded university, open to all. It has six campuses based in Brisbane, Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield), Canberra, Melbourne and Ballarat, and offers programs in five faculties throughout Australia and overseas.The University’s inspiration, within 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition, summons it to attend to all that is of concern to human beings. It brings a distinctive spiritual perspective to the common tasks of higher education.ACU has experienced significant growth in student and staff numbers, research output, campus facilities and course offerings over the past few years.  There are currently more than 22,000 students at the University, which is growing according to a comprehensive Enrolment Plan which will see approximately 25,000 students enrolled in 2016.  A particular area of growth is students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Targeted pathways programs have been developed to engage low SES and disadvantaged students in higher education.

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The Australian National University (ANU) is a national asset and one of the world’s leading centres for research and education.The University was founded by the Australian Government in 1946 to apply the best minds to the biggest questions and help advance Australia’s international standing. Today, ANU continues its nation-building work, leading Australian thinking, teaching and community engagement on issues of national and international significance.

The University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world by a range of international measures. In 2011, 94 per cent of research from ANU scholars was rated above world standard or well above world standard by the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative.

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Bond University is Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university, offering a personalised academic environment that enables graduates to exceed the outer limits of their potential – in their career and in life.
Bond offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law, Business, Sustainable Development and Architecture, Humanities & Social Sciences, Health Sciences & Medicine, Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management and Information Technology. All students have access to unparalleled academic and technological resources on Bond’s world-class Gold Coast campus.

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CQUniversity Australia is one of Australia’s most engaged, supportive and responsive universities focused on making higher education and research more accessible and relevant to all people, especially Central Queenslanders. It has very high levels of participation among groups which are under-represented, addresses unique regional workforce needs and provides innovative, collaborative and local research solutions to the communities it serves.Around 1,100 staff cater to the needs of some 19,000 students and other customers across 11 campuses, research institutes and learning centres in Central Queensland (Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald and Noosa) as well as Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and by distance education. CQUniversity has a strong research institute – the Appleton Institute – based in Adelaide. Some CQUniversity Australia programs are also delivered in Geraldton in Western Australia, and even in Singapore. Almost half of the University’s students are international students.

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Charles Darwin University (CDU) represents the education and training backbone of the Northern Territory. A dual-sector institution, CDU offers courses ranging from certificate level through to doctorates.As the largest tertiary institution in the Northern Territory, CDU has campuses in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy, and study centres in Yulara, Jabiru and Tennant Creek. It also delivers education and training into more than 170 remote centres across the Territory.

More than 21,000 students study with CDU online, on campus or at one of the Territory’s remote locations. The student body comes from all parts of Australia and includes a substantial representation of Indigenous people. Its overseas students come from more than 60 countries.

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Charles Sturt University (CSU) describes itself as a national university providing excellence in education for the professions, strategic and applied research and flexible delivery of learning and teaching.  Established in 1989 as a multi-campus institution, CSU has campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Goulburn, Ontario in Canada, Orange, Parramatta and Wagga Wagga; Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne; and the Australian Graduate School of Policing at Manly. Pathway Programs are offered through CSU’s campus at Port Macquarie.

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Curtin University is an internationally respected research and teaching university based in Perth. The University was founded 45 years ago as the Western Australian Institute of Technology, and was accorded university status in 1987.
In addition to its Bentley campus in Perth, Curtin also has campuses in Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore, and regional campuses and education centres throughout Western Australia. More than 46,000 students are studying courses at Curtin campuses, and with more than 19,000 international students, Curtin is known as WA’s largest and most culturally diverse university.Curtin has comprehensive teaching and research programs across five areas: Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin Business School, and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies.Curtin’s delivery of high-impact research is evidenced by its inclusion in the top 500 research universities of the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In particular, Curtin is recognised for four areas of research strength: minerals and energy, ICT and emerging technologies, sustainable development, and health.

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Deakin University is a contemporary Australian University that successfully combines values of excellence in teaching and research with new and innovative ways of developing and delivering courses, undertaking research and servicing the wider communities in which it operates.Deakin has more than 40,000 students, around 3,200 staff and operates from four campuses across southern Victoria. Deakin’s four faculties – Arts and Education; Business and Law; Health; and Science and Technology – offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a wide range of discipline areas. Through an acclaimed community-based delivery model, Deakin’s Institute of Koorie Education offers courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students in partnership with the four faculties.

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus institution serving communities in Western Australia and a significant cohort of international students.Awarded university status in 1991, ECU also has a long and distinguished history, with its predecessor institutions, including teachers colleges, dating back to 1902.

ECU has since developed innovative and practical courses across a wide range of disciplines, established a vibrant research culture and attracted a growing range of quality research partners and researchers, many working at the cutting edge of their fields.  ECU has more than 27,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 4,000 of these are international students originating from over 70 countries.

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Flinders University is a high quality institution delivering excellence in teaching and research, with a reputation for friendly and approachable staff, and with a main campus located in an attractive natural environment in southern metropolitan Adelaide.Flinders is committed to engagement with the community it serves, in providing a world class education for students and in enhancing educational opportunities for students from communities with low university participation rates. Whilst Flinders remains strongly committed to South Australia, the university has expanded its activities in the Northern Territory in partnership with Charles Darwin University.

Offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 14 schools across four Faculties, Flinders has over 2,000 staff and more than 18,800 students. Flinders also has on- campus accommodation for over 500 students.

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Griffith University is a major education and research contributor in the Asia-Pacific region. Ranked in the world top 500 across a range of prestigious indices, Griffith is Australia’s ninth largest higher education provider. A student-centred, research-intensive university in the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor of South-East Queensland, Griffith is home to more than 43,000 students from 131 countries and has 130,000 graduates spread around the world. The university offers more that 300 degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as high-quality degrees by research.

Five campuses located at Southbank, Nathan, Mt Gravatt, Logan and the Gold Coast, offer work-integrated student learning experiences to all students.

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Beginning as the University College of Townsville in 1961 as part of the University of Queensland, JCU became Queensland’s second autonomous University in 1970.  The Cairns campus was established in 1987, JCU Singapore in 2003 and JCU Brisbane in 2006. There are study centres in Mackay, Mt Isa and Thursday Island, and research stations at Horn Island, Mareeba, Orpheus Island, Paluma and Fletcherview.
The major campuses in Cairns and Townsville are located within the tropics and immediately adjacent to two of the wonders of the natural world – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests.

A medium-sized university with more than 17,000 students, including more than 5,200 international students, JCU has produced some 40,000 graduates. JCU is a comprehensive university, offering more than 140 undergraduate and more than 120 postgraduate courses spanning the arts, business, creative arts, dentistry, education, engineering, Indigenous Australian studies, information technology, health sciences, law, medicine, veterinary sciences, social sciences and science.

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La Trobe University was established in 1964 as Victoria’s third university. Since its inception the University has had a clear purpose: to serve the community through the relevance and inclusiveness of its research and teaching.

The University now offers more than 390 undergraduate and postgraduate courses and hosts more than 28,000 students, including over 6,000 international students from more than 90 countries.

Its largest campus is in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora, approximately 14km from the city centre. This 330 hectare campus is home to the La Trobe University Research and Development Park – Australia’s largest wholly university owned and managed technology park, and the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary.  It is now a leading provider of regional higher education in Australia with campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton.

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Macquarie University is a major teaching and research university situated on a spacious and beautiful campus of 126 hectares within Sydney’s high-technology corridor. This location ideally places the university to attract industry as participants in higher education through scholarships, internships and work experience for students, research opportunities for staff, and new facilities for teaching and research.

Macquarie enrols 37,000 students annually across four faculties – Business and Economics, Arts, Science, and Human Sciences – and employs more than 2,000 staff. There is an additional smaller campus in the Sydney CBD, and courses are also offered in Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. One of these courses, Macquarie’s Masters of Applied Finance, is the largest program of its type in the world. Affiliated with the University are several research centres, schools and institutes including the highly-regarded Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

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Originally known as the Melbourne College of Divinity and founded by an Act of the Victorian State Parliament in 1910, MCD University of Divinity is the sixth oldest self-accrediting higher education provider in Australia and one of the oldest ecumenical institutions in the world.  It is the first higher education provider in Australia to be granted Specialised University status, commencing in 2012.  Accredited to teach courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies, MCD University of Divinity was affirmed as one of the leading research institutions in Australia in this broad field by the Australian Research Council’s 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment which ranked its research at world standard.

Today MCD University of Divinity comprises eleven Colleges in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, representing the Anglican, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Coptic Orthodox, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and Uniting Church traditions.  It also includes a  specialist centre for the study of Christian Spirituality, and is fundamentally committed to ecumenical cooperation in theological education.

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Monash University is Australia’s largest university, with over 60.000 sttudents and is notable for achievements across the full range of research, education and community engagement activities.  Monash is a member of the Group of Eight research intensive universities.  It is a multi-campus institution with Victorian campuses at Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Gippsland and Frankston; international campuses in South Africa and Malaysia; a research training centre in Mumbai, India, and a centre in Prato, Italy.  The University has a strong distance and on-line education base which attracts students from across Australia and it is home to the largest number of international students of any Australian university.

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Murdoch University (WA) has an outstanding reputation as an institution that provides students with a quality education and recognised academic standing within an engaging and caring environment.Murdoch has a vision to be a prominent and influential research-intensive university renowned for its teaching quality and research excellence; promoting intellectual independence and social and scientific critique within a supportive and sustainable environment for students and staff; and engaging with and benefiting local, national and international communities.  Courses are offered at campuses in Murdoch, Rockingham and Peel as well as in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai, with around 18,500 enrolled students.

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Queensland University of Technology  [QUT]

RMIT University  [RMIT]

Southern Cross University  [SCU]

Swinburne University of Technology  [Swinburne]

University of Adelaide  [Adelaide]

University of Ballarat [UB]

University of Canberra  [Canberra]

University of Melbourne  [Melbourne]

University of New England  [UNE]

University of Newcastle  [Newcastle]

University of NSW [UNSW]

University of Notre Dame Australia  [Notre Dame]

University of Queensland  [UQ]

University of South Australia  [UniSA]

University of Southern Queensland  [USQ]

University of Sydney  [Sydney]

University of Tasmania  [UTas]

University of Technology Sydney  [UTS]

University of the Sunshine Coast  [USC]

University of Western Australia  [UWA]

University of Western Sydney  [UWS]

University of Wollongong  [Wollongong]

Victoria University  [VU]

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