Murdoch University is a public university in Perth, Western Australia, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state’s second university on 25 July 1973, and accepted its first undergraduate students in 1975. Its name is taken from Sir Walter Murdoch (1874–1970), the Founding Professor of English and former Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.
Murdoch is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities. In 2018, Murdoch University was recognised as producing the most employable graduates of all Australian universities after 3 years of graduating from their courses. In 2019, the university ranked third in overall student satisfaction amongst all public universities in Western Australia.
There are nine schools at Murdoch University:
- School of Arts
- School of Business and Governance
- School of Education
- School of Engineering and Information Technology
- School of Health Professions
- School of Law
- School of Psychology and Exercise Science
- Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Asia Research Centre
The Asia Research Centre, founded in 1991, produces multi-disciplinary research in politics, political economy, modes of governance, social change, and policy making. Its distinctive contribution to the research debate is based on the proposition that these factors have their roots in broader processes of conflict and change in society that are connected to the advance of market economies.
The Centre encompasses researchers from across Murdoch University. It also regularly engages in collaboration with researchers from other universities around the world.
As of 2012, the Centre’s Director was Caroline Hughes, Associate Professor of Governance Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.