|Motto||Know more. Do more.|
|Chancellor||Leneen Forde AC|
|Deputy V-C||Ned Pankhurst (research); Sue Spence (academic)|
|Admin. staff||4,000 FTE|
|Location||Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
Griffith University is a public research university in southeastern Queensland on the east coast of Australia. The university has five campuses located on the Gold Coast, Logan City and the Brisbane suburbs of Mount Gravatt, Nathan and South Bank. Current total enrolment is approximately 43,000 with 4,000 full-time equivalent staff. Griffith University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across ten discipline areas including Arts, Education, Business, Health, Law, Engineering, Information Technology, Environment, Music and Visual Arts.
In 1965, 174 hectares (430 acres) of natural bushland at Nathan were set aside for a new campus. Initially the site was to be part of the University of Queensland which was experiencing strong demand in humanities and social sciences. By 1970, a new institution was being mooted. The university was formally founded in 1971 and opened its doors in 1975 to 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science. The University started with its Nathan campus, and several of its campuses are distinctive for their nature based settings within large urban agglomerations. Buildings were designed to fit into the environment by following the slope of the land and by using architectural means of cooling. The library building was designed by Robin Gibson and won the first national award for library design. The clusters of buildings, sports facilities, bushland reserves and recreational areas are connected by integrated networks of walking paths. The university was distinguished by its 'problem-based' rather than disciplinary approach to course design and research. The university now has a full suite of programs including arts, education, medicine, dentistry, engineering, business, science, and law. The University is named after the former Premier of Queensland, and High Court of Australia justice, Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, who was also the principal author of the Australian constitution.
The Nathan Campus was designed by prominent Australian architect Robin Gibson and was the founding campus of the University.
Set amongst native bushland, on the land of the Aboriginal Yugambeh/ Kombumerri peoples, this campus plays host to over 17,300 students from all over Australia and the world. Griffith's Gold Coast Campus facilities include the $136 million Griffith Centre for Medicine and Oral Health adjacent to the Gold Coast Hospital at Southport which contains lecture theatres, cadaver labs, pathology labs and a dental clinic which serves the public. Building is nearing completion for a teaching hospital, a new University Hospital at the Gold Coast campus, which is due to open in July 2013 and will replace most functions of the Centre for Medicine and Oral Health. The Gold Coast campus also boasts the new Griffith Health Centre, a $150 million investment that will operate in tandem with the new 750-bed University Hospital. All Griffith Health programs on the Gold Coast will be together on the one campus with the schools of medicine, psychology, dentistry and oral health to be brought together under its roof. Health students at the Centre will also have hands-on experience with the delivery of community services like physiotherapy, audiology and oral and dental care delivered from the Parklands setting, alongside the new University Hospital. The Mount Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses are also home to the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology.
The Logan campus home to more than 2500 students. Logan Campus offers accelerated degree programs in Business and, Information and Communication Technology. Teaching and research at the Logan campus has a strong focus on community health and education.
The South Bank campus is home to the Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland College of Art and is renowned for excellence in the creative and performing arts. It is steadily building a reputation in postgraduate and executive education through the Griffith Graduate Centre. The campus hosts approximately 3,600 students.
Teaching and research on the Mt Gravatt campus focus on the application of social and behavioural science to the prevention of, and intervention in, critical social issues. The campus is host to approximately 5,000 students. The Mount Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses are also home to the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology.
In 2013 the Australian Education Network ranked Griffith University as 12th out of the 29 universities in Australia, with a 20% proportion of excellence rating out of 100%. The QS World University Rankings places Griffith in 291st universities in the world, ranked 26th out of the 32 Australian universities included in the Rankings. It was ranked 200th in social sciences, 268th in arts and humanities and ranked 256th in the world according to Global University Rankings 2009. Griffith ranked sixth in the world for tourism research contributions. Griffith is ranked second by getCITED’s Top 10 Institutions by Publications in Sports Marketing Journals over the past three years (2005) and first by getCITED’s Top 10 Institutions by Publications in Sports Management Journals over the past three years (2005). QS World University Rankings places Griffith in the top 368 universities in the world, which means the university is in the top 5% of universities in the world, as at 8 October 2012, ranked 20th out of the 26 Australian Universities included in the rankings.
Griffith Business School is recognised by the Aspen Institute's ‘Top 100’ for its leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its programs. It was the highest Australian ranking. Its business program has been ranked fifth out of 25 universities in Australia and among the top 100 in the world by Times Higher Education in 2009. Its accounting research has been ranked seventh out of 37 universities in Australia and in the top 100 in the world. The ranking, published in the Accounting and Finance, was based on the top 24 accounting journals internationally and ranked Griffith 72nd out of more than 1,000 institutions in the world.
Griffith Law School has been ranked as No. 1 in the country by the "Good Universities Guide", both in 2005 and 2006. The Griffith MBA received a five-star rating for the seventh consecutive year from the Graduate Management Association of Australia. Griffith is only one of two universities nationally to achieve this feat and the International MBA program also received five stars in only its second year.
Colleges and schools
There are over a dozen faculties, schools and centres at Griffith. For business and commerce there is the Business School, which has international accreditation from AACSB International, making it part of a group that makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. For education, there are the School of Education and Professional Studies (Brisbane, Logan) and the School of Education and Professional Studies (Gold Coast). Engineering and information technology has two Gold Coast schools, the School of Information and Communication Technology and Griffith School of Engineering. Environment, planning and architecture is represented by the Griffith School of Environment.
Health schools include Dentistry and Oral Health, Human Services and Social Work, Medical Science, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Psychology and Public Health. Humanities, languages and criminology are represented by The Schools of Humanities, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Languages and Linguistics. Some disciplines have only one school, such as the Griffith Law School, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences. The visual and creative arts are represented by Queensland College of Art and the Griffith Film School. Griffith has six independent centres: The Centre for Environment and Population Health, the Centre for Financial Independence and Education, Continuing Professional Learning Enterprise, EcoCentre, Multi-Faith Centre and the Queensland Centre for Public Health (Griffith Node). Two institutes, colleges and units are part of the university: The Institute for English Language and Institute for Higher Education; the Griffith Honours College and Griffith Sports College; and the Units for Italian Studies and the Gumurrii Student Support Unit.
Griffith has three externally supported centres and facilities: the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Smart Water Research Centre. The Griffith Medical Research College is a collaboration with an external research institution. Ten centres and facilities for arts, education and law research exist: The Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Early Childhood Education Centre, Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research, Griffith Islamic Research Unit, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre and the Socio-Legal Research Centre. Business is represented by the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, the Centre for Tourism, Sport and Service Innovation, the Centre for Work, Organisation and Well Being and the Griffith Asia Institute. Health research is diversified into Griffith Health Institute, Behavioural Basis of Health, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Heart Foundation Research Centre, Molecular Basis of Disease, Population Health and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. Science, environment, engineering and technology have eighteen externally supported centres and facilities: Atmospheric Environment Research Centre, Aviation, Australian Rivers Institute, Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications, Environmental Futures Centre, Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery, Forensic Science Research and Innovation Centre, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith University DNA Sequencing Facility, International Centre for Ecotourism Research, Institute for Glycomics, Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, International Centre for Management of Pest Fruit Flies, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Software Quality Institute and the Urban Research Program.
Griffith University also co-supports the national information and communication technology research centre (NICTA), and is the host of the Sports engineering group, Queensland Sports Technology Cluster.
Griffith University has a wide array of cultural, intellectual, sporting and social groups. Its Student Guild is an organisation within the university which takes care of these clubs on the Gold Coast campus, as well as student issues, accommodation, employment, publication, events, sport and recreation. On the Nathan campus, Campus Life supports many clubs including the long running GRUBS (Griffith University Bushwalking Club), The Karate and Kickboxing club and the Griffith University Aikido Club, recently incorporated and became independent of the University.
Griffith University students are uniquely represented by two statutory embedded student organisations. The Griffith University Student Representative Council (GUSRC) represents undergraduate students and the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) represents post-graduate students in all campuses apart from the Gold Coast. GUPSA is a constituent member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Unique to the Gold Coast is the Student Guild (GUSG) which represents all students from this campus and holds an administrative structure that is apparently independent to the university.
The Griffith University Rugby Union Club, established by Phil Verheijen in 2002, was runner up in the Northern University Games in 2005 and is consistently ranked in the top 6 at Australian University Games. Past captains include Nick Hurrell (2006), who is now an international rugby representative of Hong Kong.
Besides competing in the University Games, the Griffith University Australian Football Club (GUAFC), an Australian rules football club formed in 2001, also competes in the AFLQ State Association. The Griffith University Gladiators finished runners up in two of their first five seasons in the AFLSQ. The club plays out of Griffith's Nathan Campus, which features one of Queensland's leading amateur Australian football grounds with state-of-the-art playing lights and club rooms.
Many alumni are politically active. Five alumni, Justine Elliot, Gary Hardgrave, Julie Owens (studied at Queensland Conservatorium of Music), Ross Vasta and Larissa Waters serve in the Federal Parliament; Elliot is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Trade. Alumnus Brett Mason serves in the Australian Senate for Queensland. Five alumni, Aidan McLindon, Phil Reeves, Peta-Kaye Croft, Judy Spence and Andrew Fraser, serve in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland; Fraser was also the 35th deputy premier and 58th treasurer of Queensland. The current Opposition Leader Brisbane City Council, Shayne Sutton, is also alumni.
Prominent journalists include Liz Cantor, who is a Seven News personality and winner of the fifth season of The Mole. Kieran Ricketts is a reporter for the ABC's news/comedy program Hungry Beast. Karen Tso is also a television journalist alumni. In the arts realm, Lucy Decoutere (actress in the Trailer Park Boys), Jeong Ryeo-won, (singer, actress) and Robert Warren (musician) headline the list. Writer David Vernon, as well as photographer Adam Ferguson, are both alumni, as are models Amanda Ware, and Paulina Porizkova (study abroad 1982). In 2011, filmmaker Peter Hegedus was awarded the Griffith University Alumni Recognition Award for his achievements in documentary filmmaking.Pioneering Digital Poet, Jason Nelson, finished his PhD at Griffith in 2013 and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art.
Griffith athletes have starred in professional sports and Olympics. Gold Medal Olympians include speed skater Steven Bradbury, cyclist Sara Carrigan, and swimmer Libby Lenton. Other Griffith alumni include artist and political activist Van Thanh Rudd, preacher and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, educationist James Smith Page, engineer and entrepreneur Rajnesh Singh, and birth activist Barbara Vernon.
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