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Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university on 25 July 1973, and accepted its first undergraduate 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.
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|Students||16,606 (2015)|
|Affiliations||Innovative Research Universities|
Open Universities Australia
|Mascot||Victor the Viking|
|Website||Murdoch University Perth|
Murdoch University Dubai site
Murdoch is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities. In 2018, Murdoch University was recognised as producing the most employable graduates of all Australian universities after 3 years of graduating from their courses. In 2019, the university ranked third in overall student satisfaction amongst all public universities in Western Australia.
In 1962, the Government of Western Australia earmarked an area of land in Bull Creek to be the site of a future, second state university. Integral to the planning of the creation of Western Australia's second university was the planning for the School of Veterinary Science, which was to be the first professional faculty of the new university.
It was decided that the new university would be named after Sir Walter Murdoch, a prominent local author, philosopher, and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Western Australia. When asked if he minded a new university in Western Australia being named in his honour, he was quoted as saying, "No, but it had better be a good one."
Murdoch University was formally constituted on 25 July 1973. It was opened with an inauguration ceremony on 17 September 1974. This date was chosen as it was Sir Walter Murdoch's 100th birthday. The Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, attended the ceremony as the guest of honour. Lectures began in 1975, with 510 students initially enrolled for undergraduate programs.
At the time, the young university was notable for its admissions policy of taking into consideration eligibility factors other than the school leaving exam results of students. Other universities later came to adopt this more holistic perspective of student eligibility for entrance into university education.
Since 2015, Murdoch University has become more teaching focused. In late 2018, the University faced scandal subsequent to an enrolment surge of international students, many said to be “lacking English language and computing skills”. In 2019, a Four Corners investigation by the ABC found further denigration of standards with allegations of foreign students being recruited as "cash cows".
In May 2021, the University unveiled a new brand, replacing the traditional banksia logo with a simplified "MU" logo intended to be "modern and future-focused", as well as signifying the University's commitment to being a "progressive", "free thinking" university.
Murdoch University has three Australian campuses: South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus, and Mandurah 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 master plan for the campus included an open quadrangle of grass and trees, known as "Bush Court", in the northern part of Murdoch campus, which rises to the highest altitude on campus. The library and first academic buildings flanking this court were designed by R. J. Ferguson, who also designed several buildings on the University of Western Australia campus. According to the foundation ethos of Murdoch University, there were to be no imposing buildings like the University of Western Australia’s grand, Mediterranean-style Winthrop Hall, with its imposing clock tower. Rather, the architecture adopts a low-slung form redolent of a homestead, with covered walkways suggesting a hybrid veranda or cloister around the bush court. In the smaller courtyards exotic gardens, including a Chinese garden of rocks and stones, contrast with the bush court. The planting and landscaping were the work of Marion Blackwell.
Features of the campus include 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 University recently established three "myMurdoch Advice" locations across campus, to assist with academic support, general advice about study, wellbeing and specialist advice for international students. A newly renovated Student Hub is located off Bush Court, including a variety of food chains and seating. The University also has a Tavern and a restaurant named Sir Walter's. A range of food trucks are also available via the Pop-Up Ref on the east side of the campus.
Rockingham Regional Campus Community LibraryEdit
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 Mandurah 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 home to the School of Health Professions' Bachelor of Nursing (formally Nursing and Midwifery). In Semester 2, 2015, this degree also became available for study at the South Street Campus. Murdoch University shares the campus with Challenger Institute and John Tonkin College (formerly Mandurah Senior College).
There are nine schools at Murdoch University:
- School of Arts
- School of Business and Governance
- School of Education
- School of Engineering and Information Technology
- School of Health Professions
- School of Law
- School of Psychology and Exercise Science
- Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Asia Research CentreEdit
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 Centre's Director is Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
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.
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The 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has listed Murdoch University in the top 501-600 universities in the world. The QS World University Rankings placed Murdoch University in the top 571–580 universities in 2021. Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #590 worldwide.
The University has dropped in international University league tables, notably the ‘World's Top 100 universities under 50’, having entered at 57th in 2013 and dropped to 68th position in 2017.
The 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) identified that Murdoch University graduates had the highest employability level of all Australian universities after three years of graduating, at 96.7%.
In the most recent 2019 Student Experience Survey, Murdoch University received an overall student satisfaction rating of 79.8 and a teaching quality rating of 82.3, comparable to most other universities in Western Australia, as well as receiving the second highest rating for student support of all public universities in Western Australia.
Murdoch University is a research-intensive institution and a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).
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.
The Theology programme at Murdoch was, until its controversial closure in 2021, the most integrated of any Australian University and included a full complement of staff working on-site. It is also one of only 2 universities in Western Australia to offer studies in the areas of Forensic science and the only university to offer Criminology.
The university is one of the partners in the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study, one of the largest cohorts of pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood to be carried out anywhere in the world.
The Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC), led by Murdoch University, is a world-leading research institute in metabolic phenotyping, as well as the only facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The ANPC is led by Professor Jeremy K. Nicholson, one of the most renowned academic in the areas of metabolomics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Murdoch University were at the forefront of studying the long-term biochemistry and symptomatology of the coronavirus, including the discovery of distinct blood signatures of patients who contracted the virus.
The university has a long history in conservation management, including significant work in the protection of dugongs through drone-tracking devices and the use of space technology to track movement patterns of vulnerable whale sharks. Murdoch researchers engage in continued efforts to protect the endangered native black cockatoos.
Murdoch University International Study CentresEdit
Murdoch University DubaiEdit
Murdoch University Dubai is a branch campus, 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, Government of Dubai.
Murdoch University International Study Centre SingaporeEdit
The Murdoch University International Study Centre (MUISC) in Singapore was officially opened in June 2008 by Australian High Commissioner Mr Miles Kupa.
Notable faculty and alumniEdit
- Glenn Albrecht – sustainability expert and coined the term solastalgia
- Visam Ali – Maldivian politician
- Cora Baldock – Sociologist, and former President of the Australian Sociological Association
- Adam Bandt – Australian politician, current leader of the Australian Greens and MP for Melbourne
- Sarah Bell – professor of engineering
- Reg Bolton – clown
- Jeremy Callaghan – actor
- Craig Challen - technical diver and cave explorer, veterinary surgeon, and 2019 co-Australian of the Year
- Leonard Collard – Author, Professor of Indigenous studies at University of Western Australia
- Roger Cook – Australian politician in the Labor Party, current WA Health Minister
- Tracey Cross – Australian Paralympic swimmer
- James Edelman – justice of the High Court of Australia and former justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Federal Court of Australia
- Alan Eggleston – Australian politician, former Senator for Western Australia, representing the Liberal Party
- Vivienne Elanta – environmental activist
- Brian Greig – Australian politician, former Senator for Western Australia representing the Australian Democrats
- Kevin Hewison – Asian Studies professor
- Frederic Jevons – biochemist and educator
- Michael Keenan – Australian politician, member for Stirling, representing the Liberal Party
- Bill Loader – Professor of New Testament
- Scott Ludlam – Former Senator for Western Australia and federal co-leader of the Australian Greens
- Toby Miller – cultural and media studies scholar
- Jeremy K. Nicholson – academic specialising in metabonomics
- Melissa Parke – Australian politician, member for Fremantle, representing the Labor Party
- Brad Pettitt – Mayor of the City of Fremantle, member of the WA Legislative Council, representing the Greens (WA)
- Margaret Quirk – Australian politician in the WA Legislative Assembly, representing the Labor Party
- Chandrika Ravi – Indian-Australian model, dancer and actress
- Kim Scott – author
- Sally Talbot - Australian politician, member of the WA Legislative Council, representing Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch)
- John Turner – Australian politician representing the Nationals
- Kon Vatskalis – Australian politician representing the Labor Party, current Lord Mayor of Darwin
- McKenzie Wark – writer and academic
- Giz Watson – Australian politician, former leader of the Greens WA
- Royston Wee – (Management and Marketing) professional Mixed Martial Artist in the UFC
- Barbara Wienecke – Antarctic researcher, seabird ecologist
- Grant Woodhams – Australian politician representing the Nationals
- Alison Xamon – Australian politician in the Legislative Council, Parliamentary leader of the Greens WA
- Edmund Yeo – Malaysian filmmaker
- Basil Zempilas – Broadcaster and Lord Mayor of Perth
- Raeesah Khan – Singaporean activist and politician
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