Torrens University Australia

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Torrens University Australia
Torrens Building, Victoria Square.jpg
The historic Torrens Building in
Victoria Square, Adelaide
Type Private
Established 2012
Chancellor Michael Mann AM
Vice-Chancellor Justin Beilby
Location Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Auckland
Campus Urban

Torrens University Australia is a private[1] university with locations in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.[2] It is part of the Laureate International Universities network and is Australia's third private university.[3][4]

The university was officially launched by former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 24 July 2014.[5]


An application from Laureate Education Asia to found a private university was approved by the Government of South Australia in October 2011.[6]

The go-ahead for the new university was given by the South Australian Cabinet following Premier Mike Rann's negotiations in Australia and in Cancun, Mexico, with Laureate Chairman Douglas Becker and Chancellor Dr Michael Mann. Honorary Laureate Chancellor and former US President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed the Australian project.

"The opportunity to learn at the same university across different countries is increasingly important in our ever more connected world. I look forward to visiting the new Laureate campus in Adelaide," former President Clinton said.

Torrens University Australia was accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in 2012.[7] It was originally expected to open in 2013[3] but commenced teaching in 2014.[4]

The founding President and Vice-Chancellor was Professor Fred McDougall, former deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president of the University of Adelaide.[4]


The university chancellery is based in the Torrens Building, shared with Heinz College Australia (an international campus of Carnegie Mellon University), and the University College London's School of Energy and Resources, in Victoria Square, in the centre of Adelaide. The main Adelaide campus is based in Wakefield Street, Adelaide.

The University has a number of campuses throughout Australia, including Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Auckland (NZ).


The university currently offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Business Administration, Commerce, Education, Global Project Management, Public Health, Design and Digital Media as well as Higher Degrees by Research.[8]

Postgraduate Business courses are delivered through the Chifley Business School at Torrens University Australia imprint. Design faculties include the Media Design School and Billy Blue College of Design.

Torrens University Australia also runs English language courses, which are quality endorsed by NEAS Australia.


  • Professor Fred McDougall (2012–2015)[9]
  • Professor Justin Beilby (2015–present)


  • Dr Michael Mann AM (2012–present)[9]

MBA Director[edit]

  • Dr Justin Pierce (2015–present)

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b "Torrens University to open in Adelaide in 2013". Adelaide Advertiser. 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Torrens University Australia to attract Spanish, South American students". Adelaide Advertiser. 14 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Former US president Bill Clinton gives speech on global affairs in Adelaide while launching Torrens University Australia The Advertiser, 24 July 2014. Accessed 25 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Torrens University Australia". Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Torrens University Australia Ltd". Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. 
  8. ^ "Study Programs". Torrens University Australia. 
  9. ^ a b "Governance". Torrens University Australia. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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