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Murdoch University: A place where “free-thinkers” come to succeed

Written by Jasmine Teo, August 2017

Murdoch University, established in 1975, named after Sir Walter Murdoch, a prominent academic institution located in Perth, Western Australia.

The university has 3 campuses in Western Australia: the main South Street Campus, Rockingham Campus and Peel campus. The main campus boasts a range of facilities – including a vet hospital; a farm, an engineering pilot plant; a chiropractic clinic; a Media Arts centre and more. Murdoch is well known for Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Asian Studies, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Communication Studies, Mathematics, Physical Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The University adopts a flexible approach to learning and encourages a philosophy of “Free Thinking”. At Murdoch, students become part of a closely knitted community where academics will even come to know their student’s names. Class sizes in Murdoch are usually smaller, providing students greater access to great teaching staffs that are passionate, dedicated and devoted to sharing their knowledge and research.Murdoch has been awarded for their 5-star rating from the 2016 Good Universities Guide for staff to student ratio, thus providing students access to high-quality teaching staff that supports their needs. Murdoch also provides students the opportunity to apply theory in a practical environment through the Work Integrated Learning program with their close relationships with industries of Business and the Community and Government.

Recently a new ranking of universities in the Asia-Pacific region placed Murdoch as the second highest ranked university in Western Australia, right behind The University of Western Australia (UWA). In the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017, the University shared an equal 62nd position in the overall rankings with Kyushu University in Japan. The rankings were calculated using 13 performance indicators across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, which focuses on research and citations.

This new ranking is in recognition of the University’s growing international profile and reputation across the higher education sector in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region. Further to that, against 4,000 universities worldwide, Murdoch’s Veterinary Sciences and Agricultural Sciences, and 2017 Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU), ranked 51-75 and 101-150 respectively. This ranking is significant to Murdoch, given their School of Veterinary and Life Science has a renowned reputation in the region.With easy access to renowned researchers accompanied by high-quality teaching academics along with a comprehensive range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate programs, Murdoch provides students with an excellent learning experience, and should be a university that students should consider!

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