Murdoch University campus guideBy Asian Correspondent May 04, 2010 12:35PM UTC
Murdoch University was founded in 1973, making it Western Australia’s second-oldest University. Murdoch has over 18,000 students, including 3,000 international students from over 100 different countries. The nationality mix at Murdoch is diverse – in fact it has one of the most culturally diverse international student populations of any Australian university. Murdoch prides itself on its international outlook, with three campuses in Western Australia, a campus in Dubai and Singapore, and International Study Centres in Malaysia and Japan.
Murdoch University is located within walking distance of the Murdoch train station, which is just an 11 minute train ride South of the Perth City Centre. The University is also just a 10 minute bus ride from the beautiful area of Fremantle, one of the social and cultural hubs of Perth. Fremantle is a tourist hotspot, boasting fantastic markets, restaurants, cafes, shopping, beaches, outdoor festivals and nightlife. It’s also where you can get the best fish and chips in Australia!
Perth is a vibrant and exciting city. It has a culturally diverse population and people from all cultures and backgrounds are made to feel welcome. There is an endless array of activities to enjoy, from music and arts festivals to world renowned sporting events and more. Our South Steet (main) campus is 10 minutes from the historically significant town of Fremantle. Fremantle (or Freo as it is known by the locals) is a very friendly city where visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, cafes and restaurants, music and theatre, galleries, museums, bookshops in an atmosphere rich in history.
On campus Murdoch University has an active Guild of Students which organizes many events and activities on campus. The Student Guild is the social, cultural and sporting centre of the University. They provide facilities and services for the benefit and welfare of students and for recreational, cultural, artistic and sporting events for the University community.
Murdoch’s International Student Liaison office offers advice and support to International students in all areas, such as health cover, visa requirements, equity, access and diversity issues, work rights, enrolments and fees. They also organize a number of important events every semester including – Orientation week; Welcome and Farewell dinners; and Multicultural Day.
The Guild of Students provides a number of services including Student Diary, Guild publications, the Guild Shop, providing Student Common Space, the Second Hand Book Exchange, Tutoring program, an information and referral service, Food bank, Language Classes, the Sports and Recreation Centre, Students without Borders, Murdoch Guild Tavern, Sir Walter’s Café, Kafe Kadjininy, 8ball free computer program and an after-hours security escort service provided in association with Campus Security.
The University boasts world class facilities such as the sports and recreation centre, Chiropractic clinic, ACE (Alumni, Careers and Employment Centre), child care centre, 24/7 access to computing labs, On campus accommodation, 175 seat Theatre, Worship Centre, and the Veterinary farm and Clinic.
Academic Programs and Resources
Murdoch offers over 200 degree programs from Bachelor to Masters and PhD level. Murdoch’s premier program in Veterinary Science is perhaps what the University is best known for – Murdoch is widely regarded as having the best Veterinary program in Australia and one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere.
Murdoch is also internationally renowned for its teaching and research strengths in the Life Sciences, Media and Communications, Environmental Sciences and Sustainability and Biomedical and Health Sciences. Murdoch has an internationally recognized Law program, an Australian Psychological Society accredited suite of Psychology programs, an internationally accredited Chiropractic degree and top-ranking, innovative Information Technology programs.
Faculty and Staff
Murdoch is the winner of four prestigious awards, including the Australian Prime Minister’s Awards for University Teaching. In 2009, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister presented Murdoch’s Associate Professor Robert Mead with an Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) Award for excellence in teaching.
Murdoch has smaller class sizes than other Universities in Australia and a better student-to-staff ratio. The University also has an open-door academic policy, meaning that students can go to see their lecturers at any time for additional help with the class material. Students are not bound to weekly appointment times to see their lecturers, like at other universities.
Murdoch has a higher-than-average number of academic staff holding a PhD qualification, but there are also many lecturers with many years of industry experience, meaning that students get the best of both worlds – teachers who are at the cutting edge of research in their fields but also those who are leaders in industry.
Safety, Health & Wellness
The Health and Counselling Centre provides a full range of medical and nursing services, as well as ongoing educational services and health promotion. The Counselling Service provides free and confidential support to assist students address academic and personal difficulties impacting upon their ability to study.
A range of Student Support services are offered by The Student Centre, Health and Counselling Centre, Equity office, First Year Experience office, and the Student Learning Centre.
The Sports and Recreation Centre has a wide range of services which include a fitness centre, group fitness, Quenda kid’s sports, sports competitions, court hire, and the GAME programme.
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