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Griffith University

At Griffith, we celebrate, believe in and strive for the remarkable

The remarkable people who better our world, the remarkable experiences that transform people and communities, and the remarkable contributions that change the future forever. We know success often comes from being an exception to the norm—challenging convention, adapting and innovating, creating bold new trends and pioneering solutions ahead of their time. At Griffith, remarkable is the norm.

Since we started teaching over 40 years ago, we’ve been deeply connected to the Asian region, socially conscious and environmentally aware, an integral part of the community and heavily industry focused. We’ve also become a comprehensive, research-intensive university, ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide. Our teaching and research spans five campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

Type Public university
Established 1971
Chancellor Henry Smerdon AM
Vice-Chancellor Ian O'Connor AC
Administrative staff
4,000 FTE
Students 45,953 (2015)
Undergraduates Over 34,000
Postgraduates Over 9,000
Location Brisbane, Gold Coast, LoganQueenslandAustralia
Campus Gold Coast, Logan, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank
Affiliations Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning and Innovative Research Universities
Website griffith.edu.au
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History

In 1965, 174 hectares (430 acres) of natural bushland at Nathan were set aside for a new campus. Initially the site was to be part of the University of Queensland, which was experiencing strong demand in humanities and social sciences. By 1970 a new institution was being mooted, and Theodor Bray (later Sir Theodor Bray) was asked by the Queensland Government to establish a second for Brisbane and the third for the state. After several months of discussion, the Queensland Government announced on 24 December 1970 that Bray would head a committee charged with establishing Griffith University.

The Mount Gravatt site was renamed Nathan and set to become Griffith’s first campus. On 30 September 1971, the Queensland Government officially created and recognised Griffith University with the passing of the Assent to Griffith University Act 1971. On 5 March 1975, Griffith University began teaching 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science. The university was distinguished by its "problem-based" rather than disciplinary approach to course design and research.

World Rankings

RANKING PUBLICATION RANKING
QS World 329
THE-WUR World 251-300
CWTS Leiden World 300
USNWR World 307
  • A highly ranked university with an international outlook, we’re deeply connected to our community and value our place in it.
  • Our research excellence, innovative teaching and learning practices, along with our strong ties to industry, make us one of the leading providers of higher education in the Asia–Pacific.
  • We also continue the progressive traditions of our namesake, Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, who was twice the Premier of Queensland, the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and the principal author of the Australian Constitution.

More About the University

We believe in a remarkable tomorrow, in doing our best and supporting others to do theirs. Our founders knew professional and industrial environments constantly vary and that universities needed to equip their students with the skills to adapt and lead positive change for the future.

We’ve never lost sight of our progressive beginnings and everything we do—from education to research and community engagement—is designed to not only meet, but improve the new world our students, graduates and communities will encounter.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Business Programmes

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Ecconomics)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
  • Bachelor of International Business

Information Technology Programmes

  • Bachelor of Technology
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