Murdoch University

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Murdoch University
Murdoch University Logo
Established 1975
Type Public
Chancellor David Flanagan[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott[1]
Academic staff 1,400
Undergraduates 16,000
Postgraduates 2,500
Location

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Campus Urban
Organisations Member of Innovative Research Universities
Website

Murdoch University is a public university based in Perth, Western Australia with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university in 1973, and accepted its first students in 1975. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.

Rankings[edit]

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2013, Murdoch University was ranked within the top 301–350 universities worldwide.[2] However since 2003, Academic Ranking of World Universities has not listed Murdoch University within the top 500 universities.[3] The QS World University Rankings placed Murdoch University in the top 551–600 universities in 2013.[4] Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #753 worldwide.[5]

Strengths and affiliations[edit]

Murdoch University is a research-intensive institution and a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).

According to The Australian newspaper ("What makes a good school of journalism"), The Graduate Careers Council of Australia found that Murdoch journalism graduates rated satisfaction with their course at a level within the top five nationally.[6]

Murdoch University is the founder of the ACICIS (Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies) Study Indonesia program, a non-profit consortium of Australian universities that was established in 1994 to coordinate semester-long study programs at partner universities in Yogyakarta and Malang in Indonesia, for Australian university students.[7]

The Chancellery Building

Student demographics[edit]

Murdoch University is home to over 18,500 students including 3,000 international students from over 100 countries.[8]

In November 2008 H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Murbarak Al Nahayan (Minister of Higher Education and Research) opened the Murdoch International Study Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[9]

Faculties and schools[edit]

There are four faculties and fourteen schools at Murdoch University:[10]

  • Faculty of Arts, Education and Creative Media
    • School of Education
    • School of Social Sciences and Humanities
    • School of Media Communication and Culture
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
    • School of Chiropractic and Sports Science
    • School of Nursing and Midwifery
    • School of Psychology
    • School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Law, Business and Information Technology
    • Murdoch Business School
    • School of Law
    • School of Information Technology
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    • School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
    • School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences
    • School of Engineering and Energy
    • School of Environmental Science

Asia Research Centre[edit]

The Asia Research Centre, founded in 1991, produces multi-disciplinary research in politics, political economy, modes of governance, social change and policy making. Its distinctive contribution to the research debate is based on the proposition that these factors have their roots in broader processes of conflict and change in society that are connected to the advance of market economies.[11]

The Centre encompasses researchers from across Murdoch University. It also regularly engages in collaboration with researchers from other universities around the world.[11]

The Centre's Director is Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.[12]

Campuses[edit]

Murdoch University has three Australian campuses: South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus, and Peel Campus.

South Street[edit]

The main campus is on South Street, Perth, in the suburb of Murdoch, near the Kwinana Freeway (32°03′58″S 115°50′06″E / 32.066°S 115.835°E / -32.066; 115.835 (Murdoch University, South Street campus)Coordinates: 32°03′58″S 115°50′06″E / 32.066°S 115.835°E / -32.066; 115.835 (Murdoch University, South Street campus)). South Street campus is Australia's geographically largest campus at 2.27 square kilometres (0.88 sq mi),[13] large enough to accommodate the veterinary school and its animal stocks—the only such school in Western Australia.[14] Most of the southern part of the university consists of paddocks of livestock, farms and renewable energy facilities.

The original group of buildings surround an open court, known as "Bush Court", in the northern part of Murdoch campus, which rises to the highest altitude on campus. Features of the campus include the Chinese garden and the Joglo Rahayu (Peace Pavilion), a semi-enclosed pavilion near the Education and Humanities building. A monument to the ongoing association between Murdoch University and Indonesian academic institutions in Java, it acts as storage for the Western Australian Gamelan Orchestra.[15]

Rockingham Campus[edit]

The Rockingham Campus is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Rockingham (32°16′41″S 115°45′04″E / 32.278°S 115.751°E / -32.278; 115.751 (Murdoch University, Rockingham campus)). Opened in 1996, it is co-located with Rockingham Challenger Institute of Technology campus, and features an arts and commerce building.

Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library[edit]

Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library, located at the Rockingham Campus, is a joint venture between the university, the City of Rockingham and Challenger Institute of Technology. Members of all of these groups have free access to library membership.

Membership entitles all patrons to access to Challenger Institute of Technology, university and public library resources at Rockingham.[16]

Peel Campus[edit]

The Peel Campus is located 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Greenfields, near the regional centre of Mandurah (32°30′58″S 115°45′22″E / 32.516°S 115.756°E / -32.516; 115.756 (Murdoch University, Mandurah campus)). Opened in 2004, it is the home of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Murdoch University shares the campus with Challenger Institute and John Tonkin College (formerly Mandurah Senior College).

Murdoch University International Study Centres[edit]

Murdoch University Dubai[edit]

Murdoch University Dubai is a branch campus of Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

The campus was established in 2008 in Dubai International Academic City to cater for the expanding Dubai Media and Financial sectors, and support Dubai's ambitions in providing an ongoing reserve of regional graduates connected to the demands of the region's booming industries.

The campus in Dubai offers degree programs in Commerce, Information Technology and Media and postgraduate programs in Business, Human Resource Management and Education. The Degree programs are fully compatible with those offered in Perth and carry full Australian accreditation as well as being certified by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority KHDA, Government of Dubai.

Murdoch University International Study Centre Singapore[edit]

The Murdoch University International Study Centre (MUISC) in Singapore was officially opened in June 2008 by Australian High Commissioner Mr Miles Kupa.

Feeder institutions[edit]

Murdoch College[edit]

Main article: Murdoch College

On the north east corner of the South Street campus, Murdoch College was established by the university and the Alexander Education Group in 2000 to cater for secondary students in a university environment and to enrich their academic, social and personal potential.

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Chancellor for Murdoch University". Murdoch University. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "World University Rankings 2012–2013". Times Higher Education Supplement 2012–2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australia Universities in Top 500 universities". Shanghai Ranking. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". Top Universities. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Murdoch University". Webometrics. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Sally (2006-09-21). "Stock Quotes". The Australian. 
  7. ^ "ACICIS – Study Indonesia". Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Murdoch University campus guide". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "History of Murdoch University". Murdoch University. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Schools at Murdoch University". Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  11. ^ a b http://wwwarc.murdoch.edu.au/about.html
  12. ^ "Associate Professor Caroline Hughes". Murdoch University. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Take a tour of South Street". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Open your mind to a career in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pendopo". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "ABOUT ROCKINGHAM REGIONAL CAMPUS COMMUNITY LIBRARY". Retrieved 2007-05-12. 
  17. ^ Derriman, Philip (11 October 2000). "Why every stroke counts for Cross". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 40. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Ong, Justin (3 January 2014). "Singapore’s first-ever UFC fighter Royston Wee almost quit MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Royston Wee UFC Profile". Zuffa. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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