New focus pays off for Murdoch University

The most recent data from the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre predicts that Murdoch will increase its share of first-preference domestic undergraduate applications by 2.4 per cent – or 375 students – this year.

That result follows the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings revealing Murdoch as its 61st “Most International” institution for 2016; a ranking that considers proportion of international staff, proportion of international students and proportion of research papers published with at least one co-author from another country.

Founded in 1975, Murdoch is also ranked 65th in the THE Top 100 Universities under 50 Years and in the overall top 2 per cent of global tertiary education providers.

Acting vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said the results were very gratifying for the relatively young university.

“We have put a lot of effort into improving the student experience and making the most of our stunning campus at South Street,” he said.

“Many new student-focused activities such as community cinemas, musical performances and market days have encouraged a greater social aspect to campus life and we’ve developed more opportunities for informal peer-to-peer learning.”

About 60 per cent of Murdoch’s student body is domestic, with the remainder international, including students studying at campuses in Singapore and Dubai.

THE World University Rankings editor Phil Batty said any university named among the most international showed signs of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.