Deakin University

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Deakin University Details

  • Country : Australia
  • City : Geelong
  • Acronym : DU
  • Founded : 1974
  • Students (approx.) : 51000
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Deakin University is a public university with approximately 50,644 higher education students in 2014. Established in 1974, the University was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and the nation’s second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. It has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne and learning centres in Dandenong, Craigieburn and Werribee, all in the state of Victoria. It was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. The sale ofStonnington Mansion provoked public outrage as it involved the mansion which was at risk of redevelopment by property developers. Deakin is one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities. Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$43.4 million in 2014.

Through its agenda LIVE the future, Deakin aims to build the jobs of the future, using the opportunities of the digital age to widen access to education and make a difference to the communities it serves.

Deakin enjoys a reputation for being accessible, helpful and friendly. It has a longstanding record for its use of cutting-edge information technology while providing highly personalised experiences, whether in the cloud on Deakin’s media-rich campuses or through a combination of cloud and campus learning.

Deakin has over 53,000 students, with almost a quarter choosing to study wholly in the cloud (online).

Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS); the rating indicates Deakin is world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching.

The 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities(ARWU) placed Deakin University among the top 400 universities in the world.  The ranking compares the research impact of thousands of academic institutions worldwide and has a particular focus on science.  For a young university like Deakin which researches across a full range of disciplines and has strong focus on teaching excellence, the ranking reflects Deakin’s ongoing commitment to growing world leading research.

Deakin ranks 36 in the QS ranking of the world’s universities under 50 years.

Deakin is now in the top 3% of the world’s universities in each of the three major international rankingsAcademic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, 89% of Deakin’s research was rated at or above world standard. Five of Deakin’s researchers were included in the Thomson Reuters annual listing of researchers most cited in academic journals, ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in their field.  The listed researchers are: Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon, Kylie Ball and Associate Professor Anna Timperio, all from Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), and Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT).

Deakin continues to be a sector leader for graduate satisfaction, first in Victoria for the sixth consecutive year in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010-15).


Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

Faculty of Arts and Education

  • School of Communication and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Deakin Business School
  • Deakin Law School

Faculty of Health

  • School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • School of Health and Social Development
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Psychology

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

  • School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Information Technology
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences


  • Institute of Koorie Education


Deakin’s history


Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974.

Deakin was Victoria’s fourth university and the first in regional Victoria; it was named after the leader of the Australian federation movement and Australia’s second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.

From its beginnings, Deakin has been shaped by twin goals:

  • a focus on regional Victoria, creating a university for the Geelong region
  • a commitment to widening access to university study, in particular through distance education programs.

Deakin University’s first campus was established at Waurn Ponds. The University was the result of a merger between State College of Victoria, Geelong (formerly Geelong Teachers College) and the Gordon Institute of Technology (now the Gordon Institute of TAFE).

Deakin enrolled its first students at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus in 1977.

Deakin has been strengthened by a series of successful mergers with strong partners, each of whom has contributed significantly to Deakin’s character and approach.

Australia’s tertiary education system underwent major change following the 1988 White Paper Higher Education: a policy statement, introduced by then Labor Education Minister John Dawkins.

As did most Australian universities at the time, Deakin embarked on a series of mergers. It merged with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education in 1990, strengthening Deakin’s place in the Western District of Victoria with the Warrnambool Campus.

A merger with most of Victoria College in December 1991, with its campuses in Burwood, Rusden and Toorak, gave the new Deakin a strong metropolitan presence at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

These mergers enabled Deakin University to grow substantially from a pre-merger student population of approximately 8,000 in 1990 to approximately 25,000 higher education students in 1995.

n the 1990s, there was much debate about the fate of Geelong’s historic but dilapidated Dalgety’s Woolstore. Originally built as woolstores in 1893, the buildings were extensively renovated to create Deakin’s modern and impressive Geelong Waterfront Campus.


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