Global warming, water shortages, cancer, diabetes, global terrorism and the ageing of the population are some of the challenges that Monash University will tackle through its teaching and research and readiness to engage the world.
Established in 1958 to meet the demand for tertiary places in rapidly developing post World War II Australia, the University has become Australia’s biggest, with more students, more staff and more campuses, at home and abroad, than any other. Monash has grown from a single campus at Clayton in Melbourne to eight campuses (including sites in Malaysia and South Africa) and a centre for European collaboration in Italy.
A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs are available through the University's 10 faculties: Art and Design; Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Science.
An energetic and dynamic university, Monash is committed to quality teaching and research that not only pushes the boundaries of fundamental knowledge but also explores solutions to critical issues faced by communities and nations around the world.
International collaboration is one of the primary themes for all Monash University's activities as it develops curricula and increasingly locates its operations both physically and "virtually" around the world.
The University's network of eight campuses and major partner alliances brings an international perspective to learning and provides great opportunities for collaboration in teaching and research.
The University is active in a number of countries, among them Malaysia, South Africa, China, India, the UK, the USA, and Italy. Direct engagement with other countries and regions is fostered through academic cooperation and courseware development, research, staff exchanges and student mobility.
Our multicampus structure in Australia allows us to provide educational opportunities to a wider range of students than for most of Australia’s leading universities, and to engage with local communities in a way that is unique among the Group of 8 universities.
The University has more than 100 bilateral institutional links that enable academic and research collaboration and student exchange programs.
A vibrant and challenging environment
Monash University offers a vibrant and challenging learning environment to more than 58,000 students, who come from 130 nations and speak more than 90 languages. It has one of Australia’s highest levels of on-campus international student enrolments, providing a rich and diverse setting for learning. It is also known, among its students and graduates, for providing a good mix of study and social life.
On-campus students account for about 60 per cent of full-time enrolments and 25 per cent of part-time enrolments. The remainder are involved in off-campus study modes. More than a quarter of students are enrolled in postgraduate programs.
Monash University Library is one of Australia's major research libraries, with a collection of more than 2.9 million items, including 10,000 print and 40,000 electronic journals and almost half a million non-book items.
Research and innovation
Monash University researchers make contributions that bring benefits to people all over the world. The University has built a strong international reputation in research, especially in fields such as stem cell science, nanotechnology, reproductive biology, drug development and discovery, and road safety.
In 2007 eight Monash scientists shared in the prestige of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize through their involvement with the UN’s climate change expert scientific panel. Also in 2007 Monash welcomed a new era in scientific research with the official opening of the Australian Synchrotron, adjacent to the Clayton campus.
Monash researchers are at the forefront of research into human embryonic stem cells and drug design and development. Monash is part of an international team that has developed a synthetic drug described as the biggest breakthrough in malaria treatment for a generation; other scientists have designed and synthesized compounds that led to the creation of the anti-flu drug Relenza.
The University sponsors 100 research centres and is a partner in 19 cooperative research centres. It is strengthening its research scope with projects such as the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, the Australian Stem Cell Centre, and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.
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