Monash University

Monash University Campus



Melbourne, Australia

Region: Oceania

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A message from Monash University

Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years we have become Australia's largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. We are the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia's most prestigious research-intensive universities.

We are named after Sir John Monash, a famous Australian who contributed to almost every level of national life. Sir John had a simple philosophy: "Equip yourself for life, not merely for your own benefit, but for the benefit of the whole community." These words guide everything we do: our approach to education, people and communities, our research ambitions and our global initiatives.

Indeed, the concept of transformation lies at the heart of the Monash philosophy. For students, researchers and staff, that philosophy is about not only transforming their own lives but also making a difference to the lives of others.
Global reach

Monash has 270,000 graduates around the world, campuses in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa (as well as an education centre in Italy), and partnerships with universities in China, India and the UK. We are a global university with the ambition and ability to address momentous global challenges.

Monash South Africa
In 2001 we joined the African higher education community by establishing Monash South Africa in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. The campus leads the way with pioneering research and teaching programs, and our graduates, who leave Monash with internationally recognised degrees, leadership skills and civic commitment, are highly sought after the world over.

Monash University Sunway campus
Monash University Sunway campus was established in 1998 as the first foreign university campus in Malaysia. In 2013, the campus population consists of 5300 students and 691 staff members, with strong growth planned for the future. The campus benefits from a culturally diverse student population, with almost one third of its students coming from outside Malaysia.

The Monash Prato Centre
The Monash University Prato Centre was officially opened in 2001 in the heart of Prato's historical centre. Monash secured this location with support from the Region of Tuscany and the local Prato government. The Prato Centre seeks to develop and expand Australia's connections with universities, governments, industry and cultural organisations in Europe, as well as extend opportunities for Monash and other Australian students to study overseas.

Monash has an impressive record of long-term, successful relationships with industry, government and the community. Our partnerships and engagement programs range from close links with immediate neighbours to groundbreaking collaborations with organisations around the world.


The Monash Warwick Alliance
In 2012, we established a landmark alliance with Warwick University in the UK, aiming to redefine the very concept of a global university. A priority of the alliance is to deliver a seamless international experience to students and prepare them for life in the global labour market. The partnership will develop a range of jointly delivered degrees, with students undertaking study at both universities.


Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou)
In 2012, Monash became the first Australian university to receive a licence to operate in China. Our international collaboration at Suzhou with the Southeast University (SEU) - one of China's key national universities - will produce postgraduates and researchers with ideas to change people's lives in the region and the world for the better.


The IITB Monash Research Academy
Located in north-eastern Mumbai, the IITB Monash Research Academy is a partnership between the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) and Monash University. The institution is focused on providing innovative research outcomes for industries in India and Australia. These include petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, automotive, infrastructure, biotechnology, life sciences, IT and financial markets. Research projects centre on six major themes:
● computational science and engineering
● infrastructure engineering
● biotechnology and stem-cell research
● clean energy
● water
● nanotechnology


Monash researchers have been leaders in areas like IVF and reproduction, road safety, malaria and influenza treatment, and stem cells for many years, and in some cases, decades.

In the last 20 years alone, Monash researchers have:

  • designed and synthesised a drug that would be released as the breakthough anti-flu pharmaceutical product, Relenza in 1999.
  • developed a single, oral-dose cure for malaria, effective in laboratory conditions (2004). Today, the new drug is in the second phase of clinical trials on humans and promises to be cheap, easy to manufacture and quick to administer.
  • worked out how to deactivate the digestive enzyme in our bodies used by the malarial parasite to sustain itself (2009). This discovery is also being used to develop drugs to treat malaria.
  • discovered a potential new treatment for breast cancer (2010). Over four years, the research team analysed more than 400 human breast cancer tissue samples. They found that more aggressive breast tumours were less likely to be accompanied by the presence of a protein known as INPP4B. They then created an antibody to INPP4B, which easily detects the protein in biopsies.
  • demonstrated that nerve stem cells could be derived from human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory (2000). They later showed that, outside of the laboratory, human embryonic stem cells could develop into nerve cells, raising the revolutionary prospect of treating diseases including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes.


Monash consistently rates highly in three of the world's most prestigious university ranking indices and is regarded as a world-class research institution by independent organisations such as the Australian Research Council.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
According to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Monash has climbed 79 places in three years to be 99th in the world in the 2012/2013 rankings.

Excellence in Research for Australia ratings
Recently, Monash was given a world standard rating in all eligible disciplines judged by the Australian Research Council as part of its annual Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings.

The rankings evaluate the research strengths of Australian universities by discipline, following a rigorous assessment process by internationally respected experts.

Of the 22 broad disciplines rated by the ERA, Monash was eligible for assessment in 20. Ten of the disciplines were rated higher than in the inaugural ERA rankings released in 2010.

Eight disciplines - Chemical Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Economics, Law and Legal Studies, History and Archaeology and Philosophy and Religious studies - were awarded the highest possible ranking of five.

Monash is a university of progress and optimism. We see a brighter future as more than just a possibility - it is something for which we are directly responsible; something we can help to create.

It is the university's role to tackle the big questions and help society meet the challenges of the future. Above all, we will achieve this through education and investigation, which is why Monash has an ambition to become one of the world's top research and teaching institutions.

Already our global reach is more extensive than that of any Australian university. We will continue to engage with the world on all fronts, including research, teaching and collaborative partnerships, but Monash University seeks to be more than an agent of community action and development - we want to embed ourselves in the communities that we serve.

Our academics are among the best in the world, our professional staff are revolutionising the way the university operates and the ways our students can succeed are as limitless as their imaginations.