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Macquarie University

While only 50 years young, Macquarie has risen to be a progressive and influential institution both locally and internationally.

Uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie brings together 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Our campus spans 126 hectares, with open green space that gives our community the freedom to think and grow. More than AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies.

With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, our students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers, while our staff have access to outstanding research and innovation opportunities with some of the world’s leading organisations.

Motto And gladly teche
Type Public
Established 1964
Chancellor Michael Egan
Vice-Chancellor S Bruce Dowton
Academic staff
1457 (2014)[2]
Administrative staff
1,388 (2014)
Students 39,335 (2014)
Undergraduates 28,152 (2014)
Postgraduates 11,183 (2014)
Location SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
33°46′31″S 151°6′50″E
Campus Urban, parkland
Colours Green, gold & white


The idea of founding a third university in Sydney was flagged in the early 1960s when the New South Wales Government formed a committee of enquiry into higher education to deal with a perceived emergency in university enrollments in New South Wales. During this enquiry, the Senate of the University of Sydney put in a submission which highlighted 'the immediate need to establish a third university in the metropolitan area'. After much debate a future campus location was selected in what was then a semi-rural part of North Ryde, and it was decided that the future university be named after Lachlan Macquarie, an important early governor of the colony of New South Wales.

Macquarie University was formally established in 1964 with the passage of the Macquarie University Act 1964 by the New South Wales parliament.

The initial concept of the campus was to create a new high technology corridor, similar to the area surrounding Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, the goal being to provide for interaction between industry and the new university. The academic core was designed in the Brutalist style and developed by the renowned town planner Walter Abraham who also oversaw the next 20 years of planning and development for the university.

World Rankings

QS World 240
THE-WUR World 251-300
ARWU World 151-200
USNWR World 267

Over AU$1 billion has recently been invested in our facilities and infrastructure so our students and staff can thrive in an environment that is inspiring and switched on to the latest digital technologies. Some of our outstanding facilities include:

  • Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit hospital on a university campus
  • Australian Hearing Hub
  • global headquarters of Cochlear
  • state-of-the-art library featuring a robotic book storage and retrieval system
  • sport and aquatic centre
  • on-campus railway station.

More About the University

Macquarie is bold and innovative. Unconstrained by tradition, we take a pioneering approach to research. Such an approach is largely responsible for our enviable reputation for research excellence – 100 per cent of our research is ranked at world standard or above and more than 100 of our researchers are ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in the world.

Our framework for the future – world-leading research with world-changing impact – is brought to life by renowned researchers whose audacious solutions to issues of global significance are benefiting the world we live in. Looking to the future, we have developed five research priorities – healthy people, resilient societies, prosperous economies, secure planet and innovative technologies – that provide a focal point for the cross-disciplinary research approach that is at the heart of our ethos.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Engineering Programmes

  • B Eng (Honours) in Electronics Engineering
  • B Eng (Honours) in Telecommunication Engineering
  • B Eng (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering
  • B Eng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
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