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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1964
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Balaclava Road, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 2109
    • Phone:
    • +61298507111
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Macquire University

Macquarie University is a public research university based in Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Macquarie Park. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. Established as a verdant university, Macquarie has 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. The university is the first in Australia to fully align its degree system with the Bologna Accord.

Academic Highlights

Macquarie University offers Arts; Business and Economics; Human Sciences; Medicine and Health Sciences; Science and Engineering. Macquarie Graduate School of Management; Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability; Macquarie University Hospital; Australian Hearing Hub.

Life in Macquire University

Macquarie is the fourth largest university in Sydney (38,753 students in 2013).The university has the largest student exchange programme in Australia. In 2012, 9,802 students from Asia were enrolled at Macquarie University (Sydney campuses and offshore programs in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore). Campus Life manages the university's non-academic services: food and retail, sport and recreation, student groups, child care, and entertainment.From late 2017 onward its Campus Hub facility has been closed for reconstruction; a 'pop-up'-style replacement, the Campus Common, has been opened for the duration.The Global Leadership Program (GLP) is a University-funded extracurricular program that is open to all students and can be undertaken alongside any degree at Macquarie University. 

School Ranking

Macquarie University (MQ) world rankings includes it being number 237 on the QS rankings, number 251+ on Times (THE), number 151+ on ARWU, and number 267= with US News. This contributes to Macquarie being the number 8 ranked Australian university overall in the world ranking systems. Macquarie University rankings within Australia include being placed at number 8 on the ERA scale (2012) and being a 4 1/2 Star AEN rated university. Macquarie also has a student survey satisfaction rating of 77.4% for business, 90.3% for health, 91.4% for arts, and 93.8% for science. 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 (prior to its golden jubilee in 2014), 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 Macquarie University International College offers Foundation Studies (Pre-University) and University-level Diplomas. Upon successful completion of a MUIC Diploma, students enter the appropriate bachelor's degree as a second year student. The Centre for Macquarie English is the English-language centre that offers a range of specialised, direct entry English programmes that are approved by Macquarie University.

Notable Alumni

Alumni include Rhodes and John Monash Scholars and several Fulbright Scholars.Notable alumni include: Australian politician and former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Jim Soorley; Australian politician, Tanya Plibersek; Australian basketball player, Lauren Jackson; Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe; Australian water polo player, Holly Lincoln-Smith; three founding members of the Australian children's musical group The Wiggles (Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Greg Page); former Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich AM; New Zealand conservationist, Pete Bethune. Notable alumni in science include: Australian scientist Barry Brook,[110] American physicist Frank Duarte, and Australian physicist Cathy Foley.

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