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About Murdoch University

Murdoch University is located in Perth and has three campuses in Western Australia at Murdoch, Rockingham and Peel. The University also has International Study Centres in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Dubai. The International Study Centre in Dubai was established as a core branch of Murdoch University in 2008 and is located at Dubai International Academic City.

Murdoch University's mission is to extend knowledge, stimulate learning, and promote understanding, for the benefit of the wider community. The University has an outstanding reputation as an institution that provides students with a quality education and recognised academic standing within an engaging and caring environment. The University is committed to excellence in teaching and research and provides the ideal place to take the next step on a path of lifelong learning.

The Good Universities Guide (an independent national publication) has awarded Murdoch University its top five-star ranking for student satisfaction thirteen times.

Murdoch is the only university in Australia to achieve this standard.

The exceptional work of Murdoch University 'discoverers' makes Murdoch one of the leading research universities in Australia.

Murdoch University ranks in Australia's top eight for research intensivity* and attracts significant Commonwealth and private sector funding, including $10.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


History of Murdoch University

Murdoch University is one of five universities in Western Australia, formally constituted on 25 July 1973, the date on which the Governor appointed the first members of the University Senate under section 12(1)(9) of the Murdoch University Act. It was the second university established in Western Australia and the seventeenth in Australia.

Murdoch had ten Foundation Professors. The foundation Vice Chancellor was Professor Stephen Griew. The University's foundation professors were scholars of international standing and came to Murdoch University with distinguished reputations of the highest level in their respective fields. They officially commenced duties on 1 July 1973.

In 1975, its inaugural year, Murdoch University enrolled 672 undergraduate students. Today, Murdoch University has a student population of over 18,000 including 2,000 international students spread across three Campuses in Western Australia and International Study Centres in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Dubai.

For additional historical information, including the names of the Chancellors, Foundation Professors, Honorary Degree recipients, Rhodes Scholars, Senate Medallists, Senate Members, University Medallists and Vice Chancellors, refer to the University Archives.

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Our Murdoch Discoverers are involved in some amazing things.

They are saving whale sharks and helping fight the threat of terrorism. They're designing sustainable cities, unravelling Asian politics, making medical breakthroughs and writing award-winning novels.

When they are not deep in their research, they are an active part of Murdoch life, teaching and inspiring our undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Maybe that is why in an independent, national survey of Australia's public universities, graduates ranked us amongst the very best. *

The exceptional work of our "discoverers" makes us one of the leading research universities in the country.

Murdoch University ranks in Australia's top eight for research intensivity and attracts more than its fair share of Commonwealth and private sector funding, including $10.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over seventy per cent of our academic staff hold higher degree qualifications. The Australian average is a mere fifty per cent.

*Source: Good Universities Guide 2010.