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Deakin University

Deakin University is a world-class institute with cutting-edge facilities and renowned quality of research and teaching.

Deakin University offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement. We lead by creating opportunities to live and work in a connected, evolving world. We're ranked 5 stars for world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness

Deakin University’s course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge. Get access to industry through Work Integrated Learning options and partnerships with some of Australia’s biggest companies, including Telstra, IBM, Save The Children and The Geelong Cats.

Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B
Type Public
Established 1974
Chancellor John Stanhope
Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 50,644
Undergraduates 35,821
Postgraduates 12,565
Location Victoria, Australia
Campus Suburban
Affiliations ASAIHL, Australian National Business Schools


Deakin University was formally established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974. Deakin was Victoria's fourth university, the first to be established in regional Victoria and the first to specialise in distance education. 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 higher education courses of the Gordon Institute of Technology. Deakin enrolled its first students at Waurn Ponds in 1977.

The Burwood campus is on the site of the former Burwood Teachers' College, and also takes in the former sites of the Bennettswood Primary School and the Burwood Secondary School. The teachers' college conducted two-year training courses for Primary School teachers, and three year courses for Infant Teachers (females only). It provided live-on-site accommodation for country students.

As part of the Dawkins education reforms that were announced in 1988 by the Commonwealth government, a merger with Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education took place in 1990,[citation needed] which was followed by a merger with most of Victoria College in 1991, with its campuses in Burwood, Rusden and Toorak. The Rusden Campus was closed in 2003 and all courses were transferred to the Melbourne Burwood campus. Rusden was subsequently acquired by Monash University for its student accommodation purposes.

World Rankings

QS World 293
THE-WUR World 251-300
CWTS Leiden World 226
USNWR World 309
  • Top 2 per cent of the world's universities in each of the three major rankings (Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Quacquarelli Symonds)
  • 5-star rated university, awarded by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
  • Awarded Oceania Regional prize in the QS Wharton Stars Reimagine Education awards for innovative Higher Education pedagogies in 2014
  • Sector leader for student satisfaction, first in Victoria for six consecutive years (Australian Graduate Survey 2011–2016)

More About the University

With over 40 years of experience as one of Australia’s leading tertiary education providers, Deakin’s won numerous awards and teaches over 53,000 students each year. We offer our students world-class programs and endless opportunities. We’re known as a globally connected university, with five popular campuses – including our online Cloud Campus – and technology-rich learning centres across outer metropolitan Melbourne.

No matter what course they study, all Deakin students develop eight key skills: digital literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, discipline-specific knowledge, self-management, teamwork and global citizenship. These are skills highly valued by employers, and prepare students for any career they choose to go into.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Engineering Programmes

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours)

Nursing Programmes

  • Bachelor of Nursing

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Cyber Security
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