History, Affiliations and Rankings
Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university in Australia that was formally established on 1 January 1994 as the Lismore Teacher's College and was constituted as an independent University in 1994. In 2010, Southern Cross opened a new campus in the southern Gold Coast area of Queensland and a new Health Sciences building was opened at Coffs Harbour Campus in 2019. A young, progressive and internationally connected institution, Southern Cross University is affiliated with the Regional Universities Network. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings place the University in brackets #601-800 and at #30 in Australia, while according to QS World University Rankings, Southern Cross is placed in brackets #701-750.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Southern Cross University has campuses located in Gold Coast, Coffs Harbor, and Lismore. The University offers 11 distinct subject areas to choose from, including Business, Tourism, Science, Hospitality, and Engineering, Education and Teaching, Law, Health, Music and Creative Arts, Information Technology, Arts and Humanities, and more. Apart from the aforementioned degrees, this university also offers specialized degrees in Osteopathy, Indigenous Knowledge, Midwifery, Marine Science, and Psychology, offering a mix of subjects to choose from. Southern Cross University offers programs at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels along with Pathway programs and the unique option to Design Your Degree, which allows students to combine their diverse interests through shared majors. So, a student at Southern Cross might have the unique opportunity to study, for instance, Business and Psychology, or Arts and Digital Media.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Southern Cross University is a young, progressive and internationally connected Australian university, that ranks among the top 200 universities worldwide which are under 50 years old as per the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022. Further, the Good University Guide 2022 accords Southern Cross a 5 Star rating for three parameters, namely Overall Experience, Student Support and Graduate Salary. Known for its research, the University was featured in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA Australia) for producing research that is "world standard" or "above world standard" in 24 different research fields. Also, in the fields of Forestry and Agriculture, it falls in the top 4% of universities worldwide. Southern Cross University has a global alumni community of 68,000+ some of the notable names among which include, Ashok Lavasa (Former Election Commissioner and Finance Secretary of India), Poto Williams (Politician), Justin Harrison (Rugby Player), Jodi Martin (Singer) and David Heilpern (Lawyer, Author).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Southern Cross University has a student population of 18,800+ students, out of which 3,330+ are international students. Also, nearly 7,700 students from across the world study with Southern Cross online. Apart from a student population of culturally diverse nationalities, the number of Professors at this university is also not restricted to locals. In fact, 97 of the total 417 faculty staff are international. Southern Cross University’s graduates are employed by a number of industries, like NSW Health, Queensland Health, Commonwealth Bank, Griffith University And Suncorp Group among others