History, Affiliations, and Rankings
A pioneer of "free-thinking," Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia that was founded as the State's second University in 1973. In 1974, the University's first 6 Schools of specialization were established and in 1975, the University admitted its first undergraduate students. Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), who was a renowned author, philosopher, the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, was the inspiration for the name. Presently, Murdoch University is a thriving institution for teaching, learning and research, that is a member of the Innovative Research Universities Consortium. Innovative Research Universities, Open Universities Australia, and Universities Australia are all connected with the university. According to US News and World Report 2022, the university is ranked #679 in the world.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
Murdoch University is spread across 5 campus locations spanning 3 countries - three campuses in Western Australia, as well as international campuses in Singapore and Dubai. The Perth campus, which is the oldest and largest campus of the University, was set up on the Somerville Pine Plantation, and today is part of the State's thriving precincts for research, health and education. The other locations in Western Australia include the state-of-the-art Mandurah campus and the Rockingham campus. The University has an innovative academic structure, called the two-College academic model, in which two specializations are clubbed to foster multidisciplinary approaches to learning. At Murdoch, there is a College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences and a College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education. Across these Colleges, the University provides 175 courses in Business & Law, Creative Arts & Communication, Engineering, Health, Science, Social & Cultural Studies, Teaching, and Technology, in Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificates, and Doctoral degree options. It also provides foreign students a variety of pathways programs, including English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses and University Preparation Course Foundation Studies courses.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Murdoch University was named in 2018 as having the most employable alumni of all Australian universities after three years of graduation. In 2019, the institution was rated third among all public universities in Western Australia in terms of overall student satisfaction. Murdoch University is a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia and is a research-intensive university (IRU Australia). The Graduate Careers Council of Australia revealed that Murdoch journalism graduates ranked their course satisfaction among the top five nationwide, according to The Australian. Glenn Albrecht, a sustainability specialist who invented the word "solastalgia," Visam Ali, a Maldivian politician, and Cora Baldock, a sociologist and past President of the Australian Sociological Association are among the university's alumni network of 70,000 graduates from over 90 countries.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Murdoch University has around 23,000 students enrolled, with international students accounting for 37% of the total. The Murdoch International Study Centre was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Bin Murbarak Al Nahayan (Minister of Higher Education and Research) in November 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Murdoch University is one of the top 100 young institutions in the world, with over 21,000 students from 90 different countries enrolled in its over 175 degrees. Murdoch University provides students with a variety of Work Integrated Learning programs and internship opportunities. Murdoch University's Career and Employability Unit assists students in locating appropriate employment, as well as creating resumes and cover letters. myMurdoch Career links students with companies by providing up-to-date information on industry trends and needs.