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|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Richard Higgott|
|Location||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Organisations||Member of Innovative Research Universities|
Murdoch University is a public university based in Perth, Western Australia. 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.
- 1 Rankings
- 2 Strengths and affiliations
- 3 Student demographics
- 4 Faculties and schools
- 5 Asia Research Centre
- 6 Campuses
- 7 International Study Centres
- 8 Murdoch Guild
- 9 Feeder institutions
- 10 Transport
- 11 Notable faculty and alumni
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
According to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2013, Murdoch University was ranked within the top 301–350 universities worldwide. However since 2003, Academic Ranking of World Universities has not listed Murdoch University within the top 500 universities. The QS World University rankings placed Murdoch University in the top 551–600 universities in 2013. Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #753 worldwide.
Strengths and affiliations
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.
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.
Murdoch University is home to over 18,500 students including 3,000 international students from over 100 countries.
Murdoch University partners with other educational institutions, such as KDU University College in Malaysia, to provide university degrees to off-shore students.
Murdoch University has an international offshore campus in Singapore. It is known as Murdoch University International Study Centre Singapore.
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.
Faculties and schools
There are four faculties and fourteen schools at Murdoch University:
- 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
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.
The Centre encompasses researchers from across Murdoch University. It also regularly engages in collaboration with researchers from other universities around the world.
The Director of Asia Research Centre is Associate Professor Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The Asia Research Centre is also home to Garry Rodan, who has written extensively on Singapore’s political and economic development and more generally on democratization and its problems in Asia, as well as on theoretical approaches for understanding development in the region.
Murdoch University has three Australian campuses: South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus, and Peel Campus.
The main campus is on South Street, Perth, in the suburb of Murdoch, near the Kwinana Freeway (Coordinates: ). South Street campus is Australia's geographically largest campus at 2.27 square kilometres (0.88 sq mi), large enough to accommodate the veterinary school and its animal stocks—the only such school in Western Australia. 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.
The Rockingham Campus is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Rockingham (). 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
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.
The Peel Campus is located 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Greenfields, near the regional centre of Mandurah ( ). Opened in 2004, it is the home of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Murdoch University shares the campus with Challenger Institute and Mandurah Senior College.
International Study Centres
Murdoch University in Dubai
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.
In his inaugural speech, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, stressed the importance of opening new world class universities in the UAE to support the country’s efforts to drive higher education in the region to world class standards.
The Study Centre features courses in the areas of media and mass communication and provides access state of the art TV and radio studios, newsrooms, editing suites, digital postproduction facilities.
Murdoch University International Study Centre Singapore
The Murdoch University International Study Centre (MUISC) in Singapore was officially opened in June 2008 by Australian High Commissioner Mr Miles Kupa.
Murdoch Guild is the peak student representative body at Murdoch University. As such, it represents the interests of students to the University, all levels of government and the wider community, as well as providing services to students.
As well as handling student representation and assistance with education and welfare issues, the Guild runs two food outlets on campus, runs the tavern, sports and recreation centre and the second-hand bookshop. The guild partially finances many of the student associations on campus and run specific guild events of their own. The Guild also publishes Metior, the campus magazine.
The Guild is the recognised channel of communication between the student body and the University Administration and has representatives on a vast array of the University's committees where the interests of students are involved.
The Guild is governed by a Council of eighteen students elected for one-year terms at the annual elections. Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September. Both independent and party candidates run in the elections, with a historical bias leaning towards grouped members. In 2012 the Guild President is Rebecca Thompson; the Education Vice President is Charlotte Corbyn and the General Secretary is Tanya Awad.
The Guild is affiliated with the National Union of Students.
Current and Former Guild Presidents
2012 - Rebecca Thompson
2011 - Brodie Lewis
2010 - Brodie Lewis (by-election)
Rockingham Students' Association (RSA)
Formed officially in 1998 as the Rockingham Student Council, the Rockingham Students' Association is the official Guild body representing students at the Rockingham Campus.
Mandurah Students' Association (MSA)
Formed officially in 2008, the Mandurah Students' Association is the official Guild body representing students at the Mandurah Campus.
Murdoch Institute of Technology
The Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) was established as a feeder college offering university preparation and diploma level courses. MIT offers students an alternative pathway to many of Murdoch University's degrees; with smaller class sizes and personalised study plans, there is a greater environment of support and an added flexibility in study load, including the opportunity for students to extend, or accelerate, the length of their course.
Located on the Murdoch University South Street campus, students at MIT have access to the University's academic and recreational facilities, allowing them to experience university life and move seamlessly into a related undergraduate degree, once they successfully complete their course and satisfy entry requirements and prerequisites set by Murdoch University. Courses offered by MIT include the Murdoch University Preparation Course, diplomas in Commerce; Communication and Media; IT; and Science. English for Academic Purposes and General English programs are also available.
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. It is one of few secondary schools on a university campus in Australia. It offers a complement of Year 7–12 subjects across the 8 learning areas. Many students from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea enrol at Murdoch College and enhance its multicultural ethos. The college manages to achieve decent matriculation scores as they engage in a practice common to most private colleges where non-academic students are discouraged from taking end of year exams.
Rockingham campus is linked by bus services to Rockingham Train Station, approximately 1500 metres away.
Notable faculty and alumni
- Visam Ali – Maldivian politician
- Adam Bandt – Australian Politician
- Reg Bolton – clown
- Jeremy Callaghan – actor
- Tracey Cross – Australian Paralympic swimmer
- James Edelman – the youngest judge ever appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia
- Alan Eggleston – Australian politician
- Vivienne Elanta – environmental activist
- Brian Greig – Australian politician
- Frederic Jevons – biochemist and educator
- Michael Keenan – Australian politician
- June Kenny – the first female indigenous managing director of a Western Australian law firm
- Bill Loader – Professor of New Testament
- Toby Miller – cultural and media studies scholar
- Melissa Parke – Australian politician
- Margaret Quirk – Australian politician
- Kim Scott – author
- John Turner – Australian politician
- Kon Vatskalis – Australian politician
- McKenzie Wark – writer and academic
- Giz Watson – Australian politician
- Grant Woodhams – Australian politician
- Alison Xamon – Australian Politician
- Edmund Yeo – Malaysian filmmaker
- Basil Zempilas – broadcaster
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