Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia

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Torrens University Australia is a private university with locations in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It is part of the Laureate International Universities network and is Australia’s third private university.

The university was officially launched by former U.S. president Bill Clinton at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 24 July 2014.

Welcome to Australia’s global university. Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you.

Torrens University Australia is a game-changing university, aimed at providing graduates with a globally oriented skill set that will make them a valuable commodity to any employer.

Torrens offers vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across design, business, project management, sports management, education and health. These courses are delivered through Torrens’ incredible family of schools and a prestigious array of partnerships; leading institutions that all boast strong links to industry and have decades of experience educating in Australia and overseas.

The Torrens experience is deeply focused on providing an avenue toward rewarding employment that will fit with the lifestyles of our students.

Torrens offers an efficient trimester system that allows for courses to be completed much quicker than public university offerings. Full-time students typically undertake 3 study periods with a duration of 12 weeks each, which enables the completion of a 3-year bachelor degree within 2 years.

Torrens has campuses in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, offering the convenience for online and on campus students to use campus facilities when it suits them, with Sydney and Brisbane complete with after hours study zones. Wherever possible, Torrens offers its courses online to provide convenient access to students who do not live in Australia’s capital cities.

It also offers a realistic avenue to established professionals who often juggle a trifecta of work, family and personal commitments each week. Torrens ‘Touch-point’ intensive weekend sessions provide a regular opportunity for online students to meet with lecturers and their classmates on campus and delve deeper into topics studied at home. Students are also supported by a state-of-the-art online learning platform.

Swift advances in technology and growing global unions have led to a world where graduates of all disciplines will require skills and qualifications to compete in a global jobs market. Collaboration through technology and through a global mindset is part of Torrens’ core values. Torrens’ place in Laureate International Universities also ensures that students graduate with more than a degree, the graduate from the largest education network in the world, ready for whatever challenge the world throws their way.

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An application from Laureate Education Asia to found a private university was approved by the Government of South Australia in October 2011.

The go-ahead for the new university was given by the South Australian Cabinet following Premier Mike Rann’s negotiations in Australia and in Cancun, Mexico, with Laureate Chairman Douglas Becker and Chancellor Dr Michael Mann. Honorary Laureate Chancellor and former US President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed the Australian project.

“The opportunity to learn at the same university across different countries is increasingly important in our ever more connected world. I look forward to visiting the new Laureate campus in Adelaide,” former President Clinton said.

Torrens University Australia was accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in 2012. It was originally expected to open in 2013 but commenced teaching in 2014.

The founding President and Vice-Chancellor was Professor Fred McDougall, former deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president of the University of Adelaide.

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