Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.
Murdoch is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities.
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The university has three campuses located in Western Australia: the main South Street Campus that boasts a range of facilities, including a vet hospital, a farm, an engineering pilot plant, a chiropractic clinic, a Media Arts centre and more; its Rockingham Campus, based on the state’s southern coast; and the Peel Campus, which houses the school of Nursing and Midwifery.
The university also has campuses in Dubai and Singapore, which enables Murdoch’s students – numbering around 22,000 in Perth (which includes 2,000 international students from 100 countries) – to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. There are approximately 8,000 students enrolled offshore.
When Murdoch was founded in 1975, it had 510 students and were the acknowledged choice of ‘free-thinkers’. Today, it is a lot bigger - and it’s the direct result of that same freethinking choice made by more than 22,000 current students.
Its nine schools comprise Arts, Engineering and Information Technology, Education, the Health Professions, Law, Management and Governance, Psychology and Exercise Science, as well as the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, and the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.
The university adopts a flexible approach to learning, to help students juggle their academic work around lifestyle commitments. It encourages a philosophy of ‘free thinking’ and work-related experience alongside academic study.
It also prides itself on being one of the country’s leading research institutions with a growing number of industry partnerships to its name.
The university’s South Street campus is also home to an art collection of national significance. Celebrating the creativity and diversity of Australian art, the collection comprises work by internationally recognised artists, including contemporary Western Australian and Australian artists, and traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists.
Murdoch graduates are sought after by business and industry as a result of the high-quality teaching, leading-edge research and relevant real-world learning, which combine to shape the holistic Murdoch student experience and create distinctive competitive advantage.
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• Adam Bandt – Australian Politician
• Reg Bolton – clown
• Jeremy Callaghan – actor
• Leonard Collard - Author, Professor of Indigenous studies University of Western Australia
• Tracey Cross – Australian Paralympic swimmer
• James Edelman – justice of the Federal Court of Australia and former justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
• Alan Eggleston – Australian politician
• Vivienne Elanta – environmental activist
• Brian Greig – Australian politician
• Frederic Jevons – biochemist and educator