Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds. Recognized internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time. Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Our campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives our community the freedom to think and grow.
More than AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies. With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, our students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers, while our staff have access to outstanding research and innovation opportunities with some of the world’s leading organisations.
While only 50 years young, Macquarie has risen to be a progressive and influential institution both locally and internationally. Ranked among the top two per cent of universities in the world and with a 5-star QS rating, Macquarie is considered one of the world’s best universities, producing graduates that are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. With a strong tradition of innovation and exploration, we continue to break new ground, ranking among the top 100 institutions in the world for accounting and finance; communication, cultural and media; Earth and marine sciences; education; English language and literature; geography; law; linguistics and psychology.
Macquarie is bold and innovative. Unconstrained by tradition, we take a pioneering approach to research. Such an approach is largely responsible for our enviable reputation for research excellence – 100 per cent of our research is ranked at world standard or above and more than 100 of our researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world. Our framework for the future – world-leading research with world-changing impact – is brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world we live in. Looking to the future, we have developed five research priorities – healthy people, resilient societies, prosperous economies, secure planet and innovative technologies – that provide a focal point for the cross-disciplinary research approach that is at the heart of our ethos.
From our beginnings, we have defied the traditional boundaries of academia. Instead, we have pioneered – and continue to pioneer – learning and teaching approaches that challenge conventions and shift thinking.
Our pioneering approach is built around a connected learning community. Our students are considered partners and co-creators in their learning experience. Their face-to-face experience is paired with sophisticated and interactive digital resources. Their courses are linked to the latest research discoveries. They are connected with industry partners through internships and work placements. We design many of our degrees in collaboration with industry and many are also accredited by peak professional bodies, giving our students a head start on their careers. Additionally, we offer our students a package of career accelerator initiatives that educate, enable and empower them to launch a career in whatever field ignites their passion.
Led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, Macquarie is home to five faculties. The fifth and newest – Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – was formed in 2014. We are also home to some of Australia’s most exceptional facilities – hubs of innovation that unite our students, researchers, academics and partners to achieve extraordinary things.