Murdoch University

Murdoch University

Murdoch University
Murdoch University Logo
Established 1975
Type Public
Chancellor David Flanagan[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart (Acting)

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Campus Urban
  • Murdoch University
  • Murdoch University Dubai site

Murdoch University is a public university based in Perth, Western Australia with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state's second university in 1973, and accepted its first 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.


  • Rankings 1
  • Strengths and affiliations 2
  • Student demographics 3
  • Schools 4
  • Asia Research Centre 5
  • Campuses 6
    • South Street 6.1
    • Rockingham Campus 6.2
      • Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library 6.2.1
    • Peel Campus 6.3
  • Murdoch University International Study Centres 7
    • Murdoch University Dubai 7.1
    • Murdoch University International Study Centre Singapore 7.2
  • Notable faculty and alumni 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


According to the Times Higher Education Supplement 2013, Murdoch University was ranked within the top 301–350 universities worldwide.[2] However, since 2003, Academic Ranking of World Universities has not listed Murdoch University within the top 500 universities.[3] The QS World University Rankings placed Murdoch University in the top 551–600 universities in 2013.[4] Webometrics ranked Murdoch University at #753 worldwide.[5]

Strengths and affiliations

Murdoch University is a research-intensive institution and a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRU Australia).

According to The Australian newspaper ("What makes a good school of journalism"), The Graduate Careers Council of Australia found that Murdoch journalism graduates rated satisfaction with their course at a level within the top five nationally.[6]

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.[7]

The Chancellery Building

Student demographics

Murdoch University is home to over 18,500 students including 3,000 international students from over 100 countries.[8]

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.[9]


There are nine schools at Murdoch University:[10]

  • School of Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Information Technology
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Law
  • School of Management and Governance
  • School of Psychology and Exercise Science
  • School of Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
  • School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Asia Research Centre

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.[11]

The Centre encompasses researchers from across Murdoch University. It also regularly engages in collaboration with researchers from other universities around the world.[11]

The Centre's Director is Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.[12]


Murdoch University has three Australian campuses: South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus, and Peel Campus.

South Street

The main campus is on South Street, Perth, in the suburb of Murdoch, near the Kwinana Freeway (). South Street campus is Australia's geographically largest campus at 2.27 square kilometres (0.88 sq mi),[13] large enough to accommodate the veterinary school and its animal stocks—the only such school in Western Australia.[14] Most of the southern part of the university consists of paddocks of livestock, farms and renewable energy facilities.

The original group of buildings surround an open court, known as "Bush Court", in the northern part of Murdoch campus, which rises to the highest altitude on campus. Features of the campus include the Chinese garden and 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.[15]

Rockingham Campus

The Rockingham Campus is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of central Perth in the suburb of Rockingham (). Opened in 1996, it is co-located with Rockingham Challenger Institute of Technology campus, and features an arts and commerce building.

Rockingham Regional Campus Community Library

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.[16]

Peel Campus

The Peel 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 the home of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Murdoch University shares the campus with Challenger Institute and John Tonkin College (formerly Mandurah Senior College).

Murdoch University International Study Centres

Murdoch University Dubai

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 Singapore

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 alumni

See also


  1. ^ "New Chancellor for Murdoch University". Murdoch University. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "World University Rankings 2012–2013". Times Higher Education Supplement 2012–2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Australia Universities in Top 500 universities". Shanghai Ranking. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". Top Universities. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Murdoch University". Webometrics. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Sally (2006-09-21). "Stock Quotes". The Australian. 
  7. ^ "ACICIS – Study Indonesia". Retrieved 2007-04-05. 
  8. ^ "Murdoch University campus guide". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "History of Murdoch University". Murdoch University. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Schools at Murdoch University". Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ "Associate Professor Caroline Hughes". Murdoch University. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Take a tour of South Street". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Open your mind to a career in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Pendopo". Murdoch University. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Derriman, Philip (11 October 2000). "Why every stroke counts for Cross".  
  18. ^ Ong, Justin (3 January 2014). "Singapore’s first-ever UFC fighter Royston Wee almost quit MMA". Yahoo Sports Singapore. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Royston Wee UFC Profile". Zuffa. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

External links

  • University Site:
    • Murdoch University
      • *International Study Centres
    • Murdoch University Dubai.
    • SMa Institute of Higher Learning International Study Center
  • Student Associations:
    • Murdoch University Guild of Students
    • Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association
    • Murdoch Student Law Society
  • Other sites:
    • Alexander Education Group
    • Excellence in Research for Australia
    • Murdoch College
    • Murdoch Institute of Technology
    • Asia Research Centre
    • Kwinana Industries Council (KIC)