Federation University Australia
|Motto||Learn to Succeed|
2013 (as current University)
|Chancellor||Dr Paul Hemming|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof David Battersby|
12,446 HE; 10,741 TAFE
|Location||Ballarat, Churchill and Horsham, Victoria, Australia|
|Affiliations||Regional Universities Network|
Federation University Australia is a dual-sector university with multiple campuses in Victoria, Australia. The university is based in Ballarat, but there are also campuses in Ararat, Horsham, Stawell, Churchill and online offering technical and further education (TAFE) and Horsham's Higher Education Nursing program. The Ballarat and Mount Helen campuses offer traditional university programmes, a few of which are Business, Engineering, Mining, Education, Nursing, and Art.
- 1 History
- 2 Status and rankings
- 3 Student demographics
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
School of Mines
Federation University Australia's history goes back to the gold rush era of the 1850s. Tertiary education at Ballarat began with the establishment of the School of Mines and Industries in 1870, making it one of Australia's oldest tertiary institution. In 1870 the Founders Hall at the University of Ballarat was built. People such as Redmond Barry who also founded the State Library of Victoria were involved in the original establishment to create an institution of equivalent standing to a university to offer degree level courses at Ballarat.
The School of Mines had two divisions - a tertiary division and a technical division. The tertiary division provided higher education courses such as mining engineering, geology, education and business studies, while the technical division provided such programs as wool classing, plumbing and bricklaying. The organisation remained in that form until the 1960s when it was split into two institutions. The School of Mines remained intact offering technical and secondary level programs, while the tertiary division became Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education.
Ballarat College of Advanced Education
In the 1970s the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education was renamed Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Ballarat CAE). The Dawkins Revolution of the late 1980s saw a merger of large metropolitan colleges of advanced education with universities, and although the College struggled with the options, it chose to remain as a CAE.[nb 1]
Ballarat University College
Although Ballarat CAE chose not to merge with a university, the University of Melbourne allowed Ballarat CAE to become an affiliated college of the University. As of 1989, the name of Ballarat CAE was changed to "Ballarat University College, an affiliated College of the University of Melbourne", the actual name used on graduates' testamurs.[nb 2]
University of Ballarat
It subsequently merged with the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries (1870) and the Horsham-based Wimmera Institute of TAFE in 1998 to create a larger University.
Federation University Australia
On September 6, 2013, the Victorian Parliament passed legislation to establish Federation University Australia, comprising the University of Ballarat as well as the former Gippsland campus of Monash University.
New students commencing their studies at the Gippsland campus from 2014 will study under Federation University Australia. Current students at the campus will be able to complete their degree as a Monash University student.
Status and rankings
Ballarat University achieved a maximum five-star rating for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide consecutively from 2010-2014. FedUni has been ranked four-stars for graduate placement by the Good Universities Guide, but no sign of clear ranking in the international university guide. This placed the University in the top tier of Australian regional universities.
Ballarat University's teaching performance also was ranked in the top ten of Australian universities according to data released by the Federal Department of Education, Science and Training in 2005.
Monash University's Gippsland Campus also contributed to Monash University being ranked as sixth in the world for Education, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject. 
According to the university's records as of 2011, there were 23,101 students consisting of 11,651 higher education students and 12,773 Technical and Further Education students. The report states that 11,737 students study in Ballarat, but does not differentiate between campuses within the Ballarat area. In terms of higher degrees, there were 2,246 masters students, compared to 7,420 bachelor students. In terms of students who are not located on a campus of the university, there were 8,906 students with partnership institutions such as the Melbourne Institute of Technology (MIT) and Australian Technical and Management College (ATMC).
- Camp Street Campus - located in central Ballarat, this campus houses the Arts Academy. The campus consists of the Old General Post Office Building, the Old Courthouse, and several newer buildings which were completed in 2002.
- SMB Campus - located in central Ballarat and incorporates the original School of Mines Ballarat and old Ballarat Gaol. The campus offers training from Certificate level through to Advanced Diploma and Degree level study.
Western Victorian Campuses
- Horsham Campus - offers TAFE courses and a Higher Education course in Nursing
Mount Helen campus
Located in Mount Helen, 15 km south of Ballarat, an area of beautiful natural bushland. The university's largest campus, it has two residences, Peter Lalor Hall and Bella Guerin Hall. Its programs include the School of Education and Arts; School of Health Sciences; School of Science, Information Technology and Engineering; and the Business School.
The Gippsland Campus is located in the township of Churchill in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. The campus is home to over 2,500 students and approximately 400 staff. Facilities include nursing, science and engineering labs; computer labs; library and study spaces; multi-purpose auditorium; bistro and cafe facilities; and the Switchback Gallery, which showcases artistic works from Gippsland and beyond.
The 160-kilometre drive from Melbourne to the campus takes about two hours, heading east on the Princes Highway, or 90 minutes by train. It is within driving distance of Victoria's Mt Baw Baw ski resort, white water rivers and coastal parks, including Wilson's Promontory and Gippsland Lakes. Nearby is the Tarra Bulga National Park, a temperate rainforest that is home to giant mountain ash trees and lyrebirds.
The campus was formerly Monash University, Gippsland campus, but became part of Federation University Australia on 1 January 2014.
The university has a technology park with the mission to facilitate the development of technology based companies or companies that benefit from the technological resources of the university. The following organisations operate in the park.
It is Australia's leading regional technology park. More than 1350 people are employed by tenants at the technology park and approximately half of those holding Federation University Australia qualifications. Recently IBM decided to expand its workforce with the construction of a new $10 million building on the park.
Research Institutes and Centres
Institute for Regional and Rural Research and Innovation. The Institute is a research organisation that focuses on rural and regional issues.
Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG). Bringing together local and international experts, Federation University Australia's Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group (GHERG) works closely with government and industry to further improve the safety and sustainability of the open-cut mines that surround the Gippsland campus. Research findings will be shared with industry across Australia and the world.
Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History. The Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (or CRCAH, pronounced "circa") has a focus on building and sustaining Australian history across a wide range of areas of enquiry. CRCAH is conceived as a research centre that provides exceptional research outcomes in Australian history and allied research areas including public history, historical archaeology, heritage studies, regional studies, Indigenous Studies, Australian studies (including art history, literary and cultural studies), museum studies, history of the built environment with an emphasis on historical cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes (HUL), cultural heritage tourism and events, the teaching of Australian history at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, memory studies as well as engaging with key research narratives and historiographical themes in Australian history. We also have research strengths in mining and regional history – particularly the Victorian goldfields and Gippsland studies.
- Aunty Donna, absurdist sketch comedy troupe
- Phillip Bellingham, winter olympian
- Steve Bracks, former Premier of Victoria
- Sandy Blythe, wheelchair basketball player
- Dr Cyril P. Callister, inventor of Vegemite
- Jacqueline Dark, opera singer
- Keith Hamilton, former Minister for Agriculture and former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
- Ash Lieb, artist, comedian and writer
- Brad McEwan, Ten Network sports reporter
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, businesswoman and associate of Biocon
- Steve Moneghetti, Olympic marathon runner
- Richard W. 'Dick' Richards, physicist and Antarctic explorer
- Libby Tanner, actress
- Marcus Wills, artist
Dato Sri Tee Zeng, Founder and CEO of Super Education Group (Malaysia)
- Laura Bell, Gunditjmara Elder and Koorie Community Advocate
- Geoffrey Blainey, AC, historian 
- Steve Bracks, former Premier of Victoria
- Roger Donaldson, filmmaker
- Matthew Finnus, former Education Minister
- Catherine Freeman, olympian
- Jeff Kennett, former Premier of Victoria
- Doug Sarah, local business leader, arts advocate and tourism promoter
- Greg Smith (Paralympian), paralympian and wheelchair rugby player
- Judy Verlin, former mayor of Ballarat
- Larger metropolitan colleges were opting for mergers with existing universities, such as Chisholm Institute of Technology with Monash University, Melbourne College of Advanced Education with Melbourne University, Philip Institute of Technology with RMIT University, Lincoln Institute of Health Science and Bendigo College of Advanced Education with La Trobe University, and Victoria College and Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education with Geelong's Deakin University, Ballarat was faced with the prospect of merging with Deakin University, an option the board of Ballarat CAE did not want to accept, arguing in the words of the then director Professor John Sharpham, that "Deakin is not strong" and who attempted to arrange a merger of "equal sides" where Ballarat CAE, Warrnambool IAE, and Deakin would merge to become the University of Western Victoria. Under this arrangement, Ballarat would get 50% of voting power, with Geelong and Warrnambool the other 50%. The proposal was rejected by Deakin, which left Ballarat CAE as the only college in Victoria not to become a university.
- At this point it seemed that BUC would become the Ballarat campus of Melbourne University, which would have given it a sizable rural campus in Western Victoria. This, however, did not eventuate, with some critics suggesting that it was too prestigious.
- Ballarat University College then sought to become a fully-fledged university in its own right when Professor John Sharpham asked the board of BUC why, if Southern Cross University was allowed to separate from the University of New England by becoming a university in its own right, Ballarat should not be allowed to do the same. The Federal Government was lobbied and responded by sending three Vice-Chancellors (one of them, incidentally, being from the University of New England) to Ballarat to consider the matter. The result was favorable and the university college became a university in 1994. Its sole link to the University of Melbourne was that Melbourne would observe the academic standards at the new university for a five-year period.
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