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Monash University

Monash University
Motto Ancora imparo (Italian)
Motto in English
"I am still learning"[1]
Established 1958
Type Public
Endowment A$1.875 billion[2]
Chancellor Alan Finkel, AM
Vice-Chancellor Margaret Gardner, AO[3]
Academic staff
Students 55,000
Undergraduates 39,000
Postgraduates 16,000
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Campus Suburban
(Clayton campus)
110 hectares (1.1 km2)
Affiliations Group of Eight, ASAIHL, Monash College
The Robert Menzies Building at the Clayton Campus

Monash University () is a university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. Monash is a member of Australia's Group of Eight and the ASAIHL, and is the only Australian member of the influential M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Monash is one of two Australian universities to be ranked in the The École des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) ranking on the basis of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[4] Monash is in the Top 20% in teaching, Top 10% in international outlook, Top 20% in industry income and Top 10% in research in the world in 2016. [5]

Monash enrolls approximately 45,000 undergraduate and 17,000 graduate students,[6] making it the university with the largest student body in Australia. It also has more applicants than any university in the state of Victoria.[7]

Monash is home to major research facilities, including the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres[8] and 17 co-operative research centres. In 2011, its total revenue was over $1.5 billion, with external research income around $282 million.[9]

The university has a number of centres, five of which are in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Peninsula, and Parkville), one in Malaysia.[10] Monash also has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy,[11] a graduate research school in Mumbai, India[12] and a graduate school in Jiangsu Province, China.[13] Since December 2011, Monash has had a global alliance with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.[14] Monash University courses are also delivered at other locations, including at Monash South Africa.

The Clayton campus contains the Robert Blackwood Hall, named after the university's founding Chancellor Sir Robert Blackwood and designed by Sir Roy Grounds.[15]

In 2014, the University ceded its Gippsland campus to Federation University.[16]


  • History 1
    • Beginnings 1.1
    • 1970s onwards 1.2
    • Expansion in the 1990s 1.3
    • 2000 onwards 1.4
  • Campuses 2
    • Clayton campus 2.1
    • Caulfield campus 2.2
    • Malaysia campus 2.3
    • The Alfred campus 2.4
    • Parkville campus 2.5
    • Peninsula campus 2.6
    • Berwick campus 2.7
    • South Africa 2.8
    • Prato, Italy, EU 2.9
    • IITB-Monash Research Academy, India 2.10
    • Suzhou Joint Graduate School, China 2.11
  • Former campuses 3
    • Gippsland campus 3.1
  • Academia 4
    • Admissions 4.1
    • Faculties 4.2
    • Rankings 4.3
    • Research 4.4
  • Collections 5
    • Monash University Library 5.1
    • Rare Books Collection 5.2
    • Monash University Museum of Art 5.3
    • Switchback Gallery 5.4
    • MADA Gallery, Monash University 5.5
  • Student life 6
    • Student body 6.1
    • Student organisations 6.2
    • Sport 6.3
    • Colleges and Halls of Residence 6.4
  • Alumni and staff 7
  • Vice-Chancellors and Chancellors 8
    • Vice-Chancellors 8.1
    • Chancellors 8.2
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12



Monash was established by an Act of the State Parliament of Victoria in 1958 as a result of the Murray Report, which was commissioned in 1957 by then Prime Minister Robert Menzies to establish the second university in the state of Victoria. The university was named after the prominent Australian general Sir John Monash. This was the first university in Australia to be named after a person, rather than a city, region or state.[17]

One of the lakes at the University's main campus, Clayton

The original campus was in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Clayton (in what is now the City of Monash). The first University Council, led by Monash's first Chancellor Sir Robert Blackwood, selected Sir Louis Matheson, to be the first Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, a position he held until 1976. The University was granted an expansive site of 100 hectares of open land in Clayton.[18] The 100 hectares of land consists of the former Talbot Epileptic Colony.[19]

From its first intake of 357 students at Clayton on 13 March 1961, the university grew rapidly in size and student numbers so that by 1967, it had enrolled more than 21,000 students since its establishment.[20] In its early years, it offered undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering, medicine, science, arts, economics, politics, education, and law. It was a major provider for international student places under the Colombo Plan, which saw the first Asian students enter the Australian education system.

In its early years of teaching, research and administration, Monash was not disadvantaged by entrenched traditional practices. Monash was able to adopt modern approaches without resistance from those who preferred the status quo. A modern administrative structure was set up; Australia's first research centres and scholarships devoted to Indigenous Australians were established.

1970s onwards

From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Monash became the centre of

  • Official Monash University website
  • Monash University Museum of Art
  • Monash University Publishing
  • Monash Online website

External links

  • Sir Robert Blackwood, Monash University: the first ten years, Melbourne, Hampden Hall, 1968
  • Simon Marginson, Monash: Remaking the University, Allen & Unwin, 2000
  • Sir Louis Matheson, Still learning, South Melbourne, Macmillan, 1980
  • Monash University, Go Boldly: Monash University, Clayton, Monash University, 2008
  • Janette Bomford, Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 years of history, 1881–2006
  • H.V. Feehan, Birth of the Victorian College of Pharmacy
  • Louise Gray and Karen Stephens, Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 stories for 125 years, 1881–2006
  • Geoffrey Hutton, The Victorian College of Pharmacy: an observer's view
  • Sarah Rood, From Ferranti to Faculty: Information Technology at Monash University, 1960 to 1990, Monash University Custom Publishing Service, 2008
  • Victorian College of Pharmacy, The Search for a partner : a history of the amalgamation of the Victorian College of Pharmacy and Monash University
  • Fay Woodhouse, Still learning: a 50 year history of Monash University Peninsula Campus, Clayton, Monash University, 2008
  • Graeme Davison & Kate Murphy, University Unlimited: The Monash Story, Allen & Unwin, 2012

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See also



The Chancellor is chair of the University Council and provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor, as well as having ceremonial duties.

The Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive of the University, who is head of Monash's day-to-day activities. The Vice-Chancellor is also the University President of Monash. In North America and parts of Europe, the equivalent role is the President or Principal.

Vice-Chancellors and Chancellors

Prominent current staff members at Monash include:

Monash graduates who are currently leaders in their fields include:

Monash has a long list of alumni who have become prominent in a wide range of areas. 1100 Monash graduates (or 8.33% of the total biographical listings) are listed among the 13,200 biographies of Australia's most notable individuals in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in Australia. Likewise, 10% of Australia's top 50 CEOs completed their undergraduate degree at Monash.[116]

Alumni and staff

  • Mannix College is a Catholic residential college affiliated with Monash,[114] located near the south-western corner of the university's Clayton campus. The College motto "Omnia Omnibus" means "All things to all People". The shield of Mannix College combines elements of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Sir John Monash and the Dominican Order. From the shield of Dr. Mannix the Gryphon and Crescents are taken together with the motto. The shield of Sir John Monash, used by the University named after him, shows the inverted chevron, the Southern Cross, the open book and sword in pale blue surrounded by a crown of laurel. The black-and-white border is drawn from the shield of the Dominican Order.[115]
  • Jackomos Hall and Briggs Hall, twin residences opened in 2012, are the most recent halls at Monash. They are named after two prominent Indigenous women, Merle Jackomos and Geraldine Briggs.
  • Roberts Hall is named after Tom Roberts, an Australian artist who was affectionately known as "the bulldog". The mascot of Roberts Hall is a bulldog in recognition of this.
  • Deakin Hall was the first residence hall established at Monash University in Australia, in September 1962.[113] The residence hall was named after Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister from 1903–1910 and father of the Australian Constitution. The hall consists of two wings - Old Deakin and New Deakin - which form a large courtyard.
  • Richardson Hall (Richo) is the newest of the Halls of Residence at Monash University. Richardson is home to 190 residents. Richardson has been known as the "International Hall" to residents of other halls, due to the high numbers of international students residing in Richardson. The hall is named after Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, a prominent Australian author who adopted the male pseudonym Henry Handel Richardson.
  • Farrer Hall is divided into two buildings, Commons and Lords, with an annexe to Commons called Chastity which is located above the common room. The Hall has more focus on floors, with kitchens, laundries and common rooms shared across them. The hall is named after William Farrer, who developed many strains of wheat suited to Australian conditions.
  • Howitt Hall is the tallest Monash residential building, standing 12 stories high, with a good view of the other halls and the university. Howitt Hall is the third oldest hall, and was opened in September 1966. The hall is named after Alfred Howitt, a scholar and prominent figure in early Gippsland.

Monash University has two Non-Residential Colleges that were established in 2013. They are Pegasus College at the Caulfield Campus, and Orion College at the Clayton Campus.

The Gippsland campus had on-campus accommodation including the self-catering West House and East House.

Marist College, founded by the Marist order, was established in November 1969 as a traditional all-male college, with an attached seminary.[112] Marist College had closed by 1978, the university subsequently purchasing the college and naming it Normandy House.

Mannix College, founded in 1969 and owned by the Catholic Church was originally an all-male college administered by the Dominican order. Mannix is also affiliated with the university.

Monash Residential Services (MRS) is responsible for co-ordinating the operation of on-campus halls of residence. MRS manages a variety of facilities at most Australian campuses (Berwick, Clayton, Caulfield, and Peninsula) as well as South Africa:

Colleges and Halls of Residence

Facilities at Monash are often used by a range of professional sporting teams. For example, the Australia national association football team, the Socceroos, used the Clayton and South Africa campuses for training for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[111]

Monash's sporting teams compete in a range of local and national competitions. Monash sends the largest number of students of any Australian university to the Australian University Games, in which it was Overall Champion in 2008 and 2009.[110]

Each campus has a range of sporting facilities used by students and staff, including football, cricket, hockey, soccer, rugby and baseball fields; tennis, squash and badminton courts; gyms and swimming pools. The University also has an alpine lodge at Mount Buller.

Sport at Monash University is overseen by Monash Sport, a department of the University which employs over 200 staff.[108] Currently, there are over 50 sporting clubs at the University.[109]

Monash University Soccer


Apart from the representative organisations, Monash has numerous other interest-based clubs and societies. Some notable student organisations include:

Monash students are also represented by academic associations and societies. These groups organise social events and represent student interests to the faculty among other goals. Notable organisations include:[103]

Monash students are represented by the Monash Postgraduate Association.

Student organisations

Around 65% of Monash students have domestic citizenship (i.e. they are citizens of the country in which their main campus is located). Around 35% are international students.[6] The international students are from over 100 different countries and speak around 90 different languages. Some 25% of Monash students have a language other than English as their mother language.[6]

In 2011, Monash had over 63 000 students across its campuses. Of these, around 46 000 are undergraduate students, 12 500 are graduate or postgraduate and 4500 are undertaking higher degrees by research.

Student body

Student life

Known as the Faculty Gallery between 1999 and 2012, MADA Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located at the University's Caulfield Campus. Showcasing a wide range of media including painting, tapestry, printmedia, ceramics, jewellery, photomedia, industrial design, Interaction design, architecture, digital media and installation from leading local and international artists and designers, the Gallery is the public face of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. Previous exhibited artists have included Bill Viola, Hannah Wilke, Bruce Nauman, Alex Martinis-Roe, Arthur Boyd, Karel Martins, Adam Cruickshank, Nathan Gray, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Jill Orr and Nobuhiro Shumura. MADA Gallery regularly collaborates with other arts organisations and museums to present the newest contemporary art.

MADA Gallery, Monash University

The Switchback Gallery was opened in 1995 in the landscaped gardens of the University's Gippsland Campus, and has become a cultural focal point for the region. It hosts a diverse range of exhibitions each year, from work by Monash students, to displays by international artists.[102]

The Monash Art and Design Faculty at Caulfield Campus

Switchback Gallery

The Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) was founded in 1961 and is located on the University's Caulfield Campus.[98] The establishment of the Museum reflected a desire by the University's founders for students to obtain a broad education, including an appreciation and understanding of the arts. Its collection has now grown to over 1500 works,[99] including a variety of items from artists such as Arthur Boyd, William Dobell, Sidney Nolan, Howard Arkley, Tracey Moffatt, John Perceval, Fred Williams and Bill Henson. While the gallery's focus is on Australian art, it houses a number of international works and exhibitions. It hosts regular exhibitions which are open to Monash students and staff, as well as the general public.[100] The current Curator of the Museum is Geraldine Barlow.[101]

Monash University Museum of Art

Located at the Sir Louis Matheson Library on the Clayton Campus, the Rare Books Collection consists of over 100,000 items, valued because of their age, uniqueness or physical beauty, which can be accessed by Monash staff and students.[96] The collection was started in 1961 when the University Librarian purchased original manuscripts by Jonathan Swift and some of his contemporaries. The Collection now consists of a range of items including photography, children's books, 15th–17th century English and French literature, original manuscripts and pamphlets. A variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year in the Rare Books area.[97]

Rare Books Collection

Monash University Library currently operates several libraries at all of its campuses, spanning over 3 continents. Monash University Library has over 3.2 million items.

Monash University Library


Some of the University's notable research achievements include the world's first IVF pregnancy, the first seatbelt legislation, the discovery of the anti-influenza drug Relenza (Zanamivir), the discovery that nerve stem cells could be derived from embryonic stem cells and the development of a single-use oral anti-malaria drug.[95]

Monash is home to over 120 research centres and institutes.[90] Major interdisciplinary research centres include the Monash University Accident Research Centre and the Monash Centre for Synchrotron Science. Some notable research centres also located at or affiliated with Monash University include the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute,[91] the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law,[92] the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication[93] and the Monash Institute of Medical Research.[94]

Monash University staff produce over 3000 research publications each year, with research conducted in over 150 fields of study.[9]


  • The Monash Clayton campus was ranked number 1 in Australia for student experience by the National Union of Students of Australia in 2007[79]
  • In life sciences and biomedicine, Monash was ranked 25th best in the world by Times Higher Education in 2009
  • In social sciences, it was ranked 26th best in the world by Times Higher Education in 2009[80]
  • In the employer review category, in which employers rate the quality of a university's graduates, Times Higher Education ranked Monash 15th best in the world in 2008.[81]
  • In the international students category, Times Higher Education ranked Monash 17th best in the world in 2008.[82]
  • The Monash MBA was ranked number 1 in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the category of "personal development and educational experience"[83]
  • The Monash Faculty of Business and Economics School was ranked number 1 in Australia by Webometrics in 2010 (July Ranking).[84]
  • Monash University chemistry ranks top 75 in the world and number 1 in Australia according to ARWU's ranking.[85]
  • In 2010, the Australian Government's Learning and Teaching Performance Fund recognised the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences as the best in Australia.[86]
  • According to 2012 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject area rankings, Monash ranked 6th in the world for pharmacology and pharmacy, 15th for law and 16th for education.[87][88][89]
  • In its 2012-2013 rankings. QS ranked Monash's Psychology programs at 27th in the world.

Other rankings:[78]

* R1 refers to Australian and overseas Academics' rankings in tables 3.1–3.7 of the report. R2 refers to the Articles and Research rankings in tables 5.1–5.7 of the report. No. refers to the number of institutions in the table against which Monash is compared.

Discipline R1* No. R2* No.
Arts and Humanities 4 38 4 35
Business and Economics 5 39 4 34
Education 2 35 3 32
Engineering 4 28 5 28
Law 5 29 5 28
Medicine 3 14 4 13
Science 6 38 8 31
[77]Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. For each discipline, Monash University was ranked:
Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
THE-QS World University Rankings[67] 3 3 4 5 6 5 THE:6 QS:6
Shanghai Jiao Tong University[76] 5–7 7–9 7–9 7–9 8 7–9 7–9 6–7 6–7
Newsweek[71] 5
Economist Intelligence Unit's MBA rank[72] 1 1 1 2 3 2
Emerging Global Employability University Ranking 1 1 2
Webometrics:[75] 2, 3 2

The corresponding rankings within Australia are:

Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
THE-QS World University Rankings[67] 33 33 38 43 47 45
Times Higher Education World University Rankings [68] 178 117 99 91 83 73
QS World University Rankings [69] 61 60 61 69 70 67
Shanghai Jiao Tong University[70] 152–200 202–300 203–300 201–300 201–300 201–302 201–302 150–200 150–200 101–150 101-150 101-150
Newsweek[71] 73
Economist Intelligence Unit's MBA rank[72] 59 49 43 47 59 58
Emerging Global Employability University Ranking[73][74] 47 32 33
Webometrics (January, July)[75] 144 104 111, 137 99, 103 154, 118 133, 109 120 104
University rankings
QS World[58] 67
QS Arts & Humanities[59] 44
QS Engineering & Tech.[60] 54
QS Life Sciences & Medicine[61] 45
QS Natural Sciences[62] 115
QS Social Sciences & Mgmt.[63] 40
THE-WUR World[64] 73
ARWU World[65] 101-150
Australian rankings
CWTS Leiden National[66] 4


Various other academic organisations exist alongside the faculties and research centres. Monash College provides students with an alternative point of entry to Monash University.[57] The institution offers pathway studies for students who endeavour to undertake studies at one of Monash's campuses. The College's specialised undergraduate diplomas (Diploma Part 2 is equivalent to first-year university) provide an alternative entry point into more than 60 Monash University bachelor degrees, taught intensively in smaller classes and an environment overall similar to that offered by the university. Monash College offers programs in several countries throughout the world, with colleges located in Australia (Melbourne), China (Guangzhou), Indonesia (Jakarta), Singapore and Sri Lanka (Colombo).

The faculties are:

Monash is divided into 10 faculties. These incorporate the University's major departments of teaching and research centres.


The Good Universities Guide places the Clayton, Caulfield, Parkville and Peninsula campuses of Monash in the category of universities which are most difficult to gain admission to in Australia, with each campus receiving an Entry Standards mark of 5/5.[52] Monash has the highest demand for places among high school graduates of any university in Victoria.[53] In 2009, one in four applicants put Monash as their first preference.[54] This equates to more than 15,000 first preferences from Victorian high school leavers. Of the top 5% of high school graduates in Victoria, more choose Monash than any other institution. In 2010, almost half of the top 5% of high school leavers chose to attend Monash – the highest of any Victorian university by quite some margin.[55] In 2009, among students with a "perfect" ENTER score of 99.95 (i.e. students in the top 0.05% of high school applicants), 63 made an application for Monash.[56]



Ballarat University joined with Monash University Gippsland campus to form a new regional university known as Federation University Australia from 1 January 2014. As of that date, Monash began the process of teaching out its courses at Gippsland with only a medical school presence to remain after the merger.[51]

The Gippsland campus of Monash University was the mainstay of the University's commitment to distance education, pioneering courses such as journalism, multimedia, fine arts, and outdoor sport and recreation. Between 2005 and 2010, many of these programs were transferred to city campuses, thus losing their distinctive regional flavour. At its peak enrolment in 2007, the campus was home to 2,000 on-campus students, 5,000 off-campus students and nearly 400 staff. The campus sits in the Latrobe Valley town of Churchill, 142 km east of Melbourne on 63 hectares of landscaped grounds. Until 2014 it was the only non-metropolitan campus of Monash University. The campus offered many undergraduate degrees, attracting students from the Latrobe Valley, East and West Gippsland.

As part of the University's expansion in the 1990s, Monash took over the operations of the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education in 1990. The commitment to regional higher education on the part of the University was a progressive and bold step, however, the operation of the Gippsland campus was always fraught with some tension between the priorities of the metropolitan-centred campuses at Clayton and Caulfield versus the needs and aspirations of the regional one.

Gippsland campus

Former campuses

In 2012, it was announced that Monash had won a licence to develop a joint graduate school with Southeast University in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province.[48] The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School is the first Australian university, and the third foreign university, to win a licence to operate in China.[49] The school offers master's degrees and PhDs in science and engineering, with an initial cohort of 500 students, building up to 2000 in the years to come.[50]

Suzhou Joint Graduate School, China

The IITB-Monash Research Academy opened in 2008 and is situated in Mumbai, India.[12] It is a partnership between Monash and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. It aims to carry out high impact research in engineering and sciences, particularly clean energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Students undertake their research in both India and Australia, with supervisors from both Monash and IITB. Upon graduating, they receive a dual PhD from the two institutions.[46] In the month following its official opening, 36 joint projects had commenced, with a further several hundred planned. Construction of a new $5m facility began in November 2008.[47]

IITB-Monash Research Academy, India

The Monash University Prato Centre is located in the 18th Century Palace, Palazzo Vaj, in the historic centre of Prato, a city near Florence in Italy. Primarily, it hosts staff and students from Monash's other campuses for semesters in Law, Art and Design, History, Music, and Criminology as well as various international conferences. It was officially opened on 17 September 2001 as part of the University's vigorous internationalisation policy.[45]

The Palazzo Vaj, where the Monash University Prato Centre is located
Prato Cathedral, in the town's main piazza, is about 100 metres from the Monash Prato Centre

Prato, Italy, EU

In August 2013 Monash University announced it had entered a partnership that will enable its South African campus to grow and enhance its educational offering. The partnership is with Laureate International Universities.

South Africa

One of Monash's newest campuses, Berwick campus was built on the old Casey airfield in the south-eastern growth corridor of Victoria, Australia. The town of Berwick has experienced an influx of people and development in recent times, which includes the new campus of Monash University. With a presence in the area since 1994, the first Monash Berwick campus building was completed in 1996 and the third building in March 2004. It is situated on a 55-hectare site in the City of Casey, one of the three fastest growing municipalities in Australia.

Berwick campus

The campus is located in the bayside suburb of Frankston on the edge of Melbourne. Peninsula campus also offers a range of courses including those from its historic roots with early childhood and primary education (during the 1960s and 1970s the campus was the State Teachers' College), and Business & Economics (since the merger of the State Teachers' College with the Caulfield Institute of Technology to create the Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1982). The campus was also home to the Peninsula School of Information Technology, which in 2006 was wound back with Information Technology units previously offered being relocated to the Caulfield campus.

The Peninsula campus has a teaching and research focus on health and wellbeing, and is a hub of undergraduate and postgraduates studies in Nursing, Health Science, Physiotherapy and Psychology – and particularly in Emergency Health (Paramedic) courses.

Peninsula campus

The Parkville campus is situated in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, around 2 km north of the Melbourne CBD on Royal Parade. The campus is the home of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The faculty specialises in the areas of formulation science and medicinal chemistry and offers the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science undergraduate degrees, the latter replacing the Bachelor of Formulation Science in 2007 and the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry in 2008. Double degrees are also offered including the Bachelor of Pharmacy/Commerce with the Business and Economics faculty at Clayton, and also the Bachelor of Engineering/Pharmaceutical Science with the Engineering faculty. It also offers postgraduate degrees.

Parkville campus

Located in The Alfred Hospital, Monash University's Alfred campus houses the Central Clinical School [41] and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine,[42] which contains the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine [43] and the Department of Forensic Medicine.[44]

The Alfred campus

The Monash University Malaysia campus opened in 1998 in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia. The Sunway campus offers various undergraduate degrees through its faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology, Business, and Arts and Sciences. It is currently home to almost 4,000 students. The new purpose-built campus opened in 2007, providing a high-tech home for Monash in Malaysia. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate degrees, the campus also offers both postgraduate Masters and PhD programs. Its degrees in Medicine and Surgery are the first medical degrees outside Australia and New Zealand to be accredited by the Australian Medical Council.[40]

Malaysia campus

The Caulfield campus is Monash University's second largest. Its multifaceted nature is reflected in the range of programs it offers through the faculties of Arts, Art & Design, Business & Economics, Information Technology and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. A major building program has been announced, to expand teaching facilities, provide student accommodation and redevelop the shopping centre.

H Building on the Caulfield campus in Victoria, Australia

Caulfield campus

The campus is also home to a number of halls of residence, colleges and other on-campus accommodation that house several thousand students. Six halls of residence are located at the Clayton campus in Clayton, Victoria. There is an additional private residential college affiliated with the University.

The campus is also home to numerous restaurants and retail outlets, as well as student bars Sir John's (located in the Campus Centre) and the Notting Hill Hotel (founded in 1891),[38] both of which are hubs of social life on the campus.[39]

Various major scientific research facilities are located on or adjacent to the campus. Chief among these are the Australian Synchrotron[37] and CSIRO.

The Clayton campus covers an area over 1.1 km² and is the largest of the Monash campuses. Clayton is the flagship campus for Monash, demanding higher ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores than all the other campuses, with the exception of Parkville. Clayton is home to the faculties of Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, IT, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science. The Clayton campus has its own suburb and postcode (3800).

The Australian Synchrotron is located at the University's Clayton Campus

Clayton campus


The current Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University is Professor Edward Byrne AO (since 6 July 2009).[35] In December 2013, Professor Margaret Gardner was named as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash University. Professor Gardner will be the first woman to hold the position and will commence in September 2014.[36]

On 21 October 2002 Huan Yun "Allen" Xiang, shot two people dead and injured five others on the Clayton campus.[34]

In recent years, the University has been prominent in medical research. A highlight of this came in 2000, when Professor Alan Trounson led the team of scientists which announced to the world that nerve stem cells could be derived from embryonic stem cells, a discovery which led to a dramatic increase in interest in the potential of stem cells.[32] It has also led to Monash being ranked in the top 20 universities in the world for biomedicine.[33]

A panoramic view of the Robert Menzies Building in Clayton Campus

2000 onwards

At the same time, Australian universities faced unprecedented demand for international student places, which Monash met on a larger scale than most. Today, around 30% of its students are from outside Australia.[30] Monash students come from over 100 different countries, and speak over 90 different languages. The increase in international students, combined with the University's expansion, meant that Monash's income greatly increased throughout the 1990s, and it is now one of Australia's top 200 exporters.[31]

In 1998, the University opened the Malaysia campus, its first overseas campus and the first foreign university in Malaysia. In 2001, Monash South Africa opened its doors in Johannesburg, making Monash the first foreign university in South Africa. The same year, the University secured an 18th Century Tuscan Palace to open a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy.

Expansion of the University began in 1990 with a series of mergers between Monash, the Chisholm Institute of Technology, and the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education. In 1991 a merger with the Victorian College of Pharmacy created a new faculty of the University. This continued in 1994, with the establishment of the Berwick campus.

Expansion in the 1990s

In the late 1980s, the Dawkins Reforms changed the landscape of higher education in Australia. Under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Mal Logan, Monash transformed dramatically. In 1988, Monash University had only one campus in Clayton, with around 15,000 students.[28] Just over a decade later, it had 8 campuses (including 2 overseas), a European research and teaching centre, and more than 50,000 students, making it the largest and most internationalised Australian university.[29]

In the late 1970s and 1980s, some of Monash's most publicised research came through its pioneering of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Led by Professors Carl Wood and Alan Trounson, the Monash IVF Program achieved the world's first clinical IVF pregnancy in 1973.[26] In 1980, they delivered the first IVF baby in Australia.[27] This eventually became a massive source of revenue for the University at a time when university funding in Australia was beginning to slow down.

[25].Whitlam dismissal to hide in a basement at the Alexander Theatre, in a major protest over the Malcolm Fraser In one extraordinary event that came to be known as the Monash Siege, students forced then Prime Minister [24]

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