Macquarie University is a public research university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia, founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. The founding of the university was a bold step taken towards the transformation of an otherwise traditional education system in Australia.The university is the first in Australia to fully align its degree system with the Bologna Accord. Established as a verdant university, Macquarie has several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally, with its five faculties, as well as the Macquarie University Hospital and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, which are located on the university's main campus in suburban Sydney.
Macquarie is the fourth largest university in Sydney with 38,753 students in 2013 and has the largest student exchange programme in Australia. In 2012, 9,802 students from Asia were enrolled at Macquarie University. It has been ranked 237 on the QS rankings, number 251+ on Times (THE), number 151+ on ARWU, and number 267 on US News. Macquarie is ranked in the top 40 universities in the Asia-Pacific region and within Australia's top 12 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the U.S. News & World Report Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. Macquarie was the highest ranked university in Australia under the age of 50 and was ranked 18th in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings. Internationally, Macquarie was ranked 239th in the world (9th in Australia) in the Academic Ranking of World Universities of 2014. Macquarie University was ranked among the top 50 universities in the world for linguistics (43rd), psychology (48th) and earth and marine sciences (48th), and was ranked in the top 5 nationally for philosophy and earth and marine sciences, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings. The 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings ranked Macquarie graduates 9th most employable in Australia, and 98th in the world.
Macquarie University's main campus is located about 16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD and is set on 126 hectares of rolling lawns and natural bushland, while giving its students an extensive range of subjects to choose from. Located within the high-technology corridor of Sydney's north-west and in close proximity to Macquarie Park and its surrounding industries, Macquarie's location has been crucial in its development as a relatively research-intensive university. Apart from its centres of learning, the campus features the Macquarie University Research Park, museums, art galleries, a sculpture park, an observatory, a sport and aquatic centre and also the private Macquarie University Hospital. The campus even has its own postcode, 2109.
The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.
Macquarie University has positioned itself as being research intensive, in 2012, 85% of Macquarie's broad fields of research was rated 'at or above world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National report. The university is within the top 3 universities in Australia for the number of peer reviewed publications produced per academic staff member. There are many research centres, schools and institutes that are affiliated with the university- the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability which is a research centre that promotes change for environmental sustainability, is affiliated with the University and is located on its campus, the Macquarie University Hospital, the Australian Hearing Hub which is partnered with Cochlear. Cochlear Headquarters is on campus. The Australian Hearing Hub includes the head office of Australian Hearing.
Some of the notable alumni, among other, of Macquarie University are Australian politician and former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Tanya Plibersek; Australian basketball player, Lauren Jackson; Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe; Australian water polo player, Australian scientist Barry Brook, American physicist Frank Duarte, founder of Freelancer.com Matt Barrie, businessman Napoleon Perdis, Australian venture capitalist Larry R. Marshall, Indian neurosurgeon, B. K. Misra, Australian writer and four time Miles Franklin Award winner, Thea Astley; and Hungarian Australian mathematician Esther Szekeres.
Uniquely positioned in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, Macquarie University brings together more than 40,000 students and 2000 staff in one thriving hub of discovery. Located 15 kilometres from Sydney's CBD, our campus is the perfect place to study in one of the world’s greatest cities.
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