Monash University

Monash University (/ˈmɒnæʃ/) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1958, it is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. The university has a number of campuses, four of which are in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula, and Parkville), and one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India and a graduate school in Suzhou, China. Monash University courses are also delivered at other locations, including South Africa.

Monash is home to major research facilities, including the Monash Law School, the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres[7] and 17 co-operative research centres. In 2016, its total revenue was over $2.2 billion dollars (AUD), with external research income around $282 million.[8] In 2016, Monash enrolled over 50,000 undergraduate and over 22,000 graduate students.[9] It has more applicants than any other university in the state of Victoria.[10]

Monash is a member of Australia's Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's eight leading research Universities, a member of the ASAIHL, and is the only Australian member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Monash is one of two Australian universities to be ranked in the École des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech) ranking on the basis of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[11]

Monash University
Coat of Arms of Monash University[Note 1]
Ancora imparo[2]
Motto in English
I am still learning[2]
TypePublic research university
EndowmentA$2.24 billion[3]
ChancellorSimon McKeon
Vice-ChancellorMargaret Gardner[4]
Academic staff
8,109 [5]
Students73,807 (2016)[5]
Undergraduates50,461 (2016)[5]
Postgraduates22,848 (2016)[5]
3,084 [6]
Location, ,
110 hectares (1.1 km2)
ColoursBlue, Black  
Monash University logo


Clayton - Monash University
The Robert Menzies Building at the Clayton Campus

Early history

Monash University lake
One of the lakes at the university's main campus, Clayton

The original campus was in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Clayton (in what is now the City of Monash). The first University Council, led by Monash's first chancellor, Sir Robert Blackwood, selected Sir Louis Matheson to be the first vice-chancellor of Monash University, a position he held until 1976. The university was granted an expansive site of 100 hectares of open land in Clayton.[12] The 100 hectares of land consists of the former Talbot Epileptic Colony.[13]

From its first intake of 357 students at Clayton on 13 March 1961, the university grew rapidly in size and student numbers so that by 1967, it had enrolled more than 21,000 students since its establishment.[14] In its early years, it offered undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering, medicine, science, arts, economics, politics, education, and law. It was a major provider for international student places under the Colombo Plan, which saw the first Asian students enter the Australian education system.

In its early years of teaching, research and administration, Monash was not disadvantaged by entrenched traditional practices. Monash was able to adopt modern approaches without resistance from those who preferred the status quo. A modern administrative structure was set up; Australia's first research centres and scholarships devoted to Indigenous Australians were established.

John Monash 1
The university's eponym, Sir John Monash

The university was named after the prominent Australian general Sir John Monash.[15] This was the first time in Australia that a university had been named after a person, rather than a city or state.[16]

1970s onwards

From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Monash became the centre of student radicalism in Australia.[17][18] It was the site of many mass student demonstrations, particularly concerning Australia's role in Vietnam War and conscription.[19] By the late 1960s, several student organisations, some of which were influenced by or supporters of communism, turned their focus to Vietnam, with numerous blockades and sit-ins.[20] In one extraordinary event that came to be known as the Monash Siege, students forced then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser to hide in a basement at the Alexander Theatre, in a major protest over the Whitlam dismissal.[21]

In the late 1970s and 1980s, some of Monash's most publicised research came through its pioneering of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Led by Carl Wood and Alan Trounson, the Monash IVF Program achieved the world's first clinical IVF pregnancy in 1973.[22] In 1980, they delivered the first IVF baby in Australia.[23] This eventually became a massive source of revenue for the university at a time when university funding in Australia was beginning to slow down.

In the late 1980s, the Dawkins Reforms changed the landscape of higher education in Australia. Under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Mal Logan, Monash transformed dramatically. In 1988, Monash University had only one campus in Clayton, with around 15,000 students.[24] Just over a decade later, it had 8 campuses (including 2 overseas), a European research and teaching centre, and more than 50,000 students, making it the largest and most internationalised Australian university.[25]

Expansion in the 1990s

Expansion of the university began in 1990 with a series of mergers between Monash, the Chisholm Institute of Technology, and the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education. In 1991 a merger with the Victorian College of Pharmacy created a new faculty of the university. This continued in 1994, with the establishment of the Berwick campus.[26]

In 1998, the university opened the Malaysia campus, its first overseas campus and the first foreign university in Malaysia. In 2001, Monash South Africa opened its doors in Johannesburg, making Monash the first foreign university in South Africa. The same year, the university secured an 18th-century Tuscan palace to open a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy.

At the same time, Australian universities faced unprecedented demand for international student places, which Monash met on a larger scale than most. Today, around 30% of its students are from outside Australia.[27] Monash students come from over 100 different countries, and speak over 90 different languages. The increase in international students, combined with the university's expansion, meant that Monash's income greatly increased throughout the 1990s, and it is now one of Australia's top 200 exporters.[28]

2000 onwards

Monash University Clayton Campus
A panoramic view of the Robert Menzies Building in Clayton Campus

In recent years, the university has been prominent in medical research. A highlight of this came in 2000, when Alan Trounson led the team of scientists which announced to the world that nerve stem cells could be derived from embryonic stem cells, a discovery which led to a dramatic increase in interest in the potential of stem cells.[29] It has also led to Monash being ranked in the top 20 universities in the world for biomedicine.[30]

On 21 October 2002 Huan Yun "Allen" Xiang, shot two people dead and injured five others on the Clayton campus.[31] Since December 2011, Monash has had a global alliance with the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.[32]

In 2014, the university ceded its Gippsland campus to Federation University.[33] On 15 July 2016, Monash confirmed that Federation University Australia would take over the operations of the Berwick campus prior to the end of 2018.[34]




The Australian Synchrotron is located at the university's Clayton Campus

The Clayton campus covers an area over 1.1 km² and is the largest of the Monash campuses. Clayton is the flagship campus for Monash, demanding higher ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores than all the other campuses, with the exception of Parkville. Clayton is home to the faculties of Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, IT, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science. The Clayton campus has its own suburb and postcode (3800).

Various major scientific research facilities are located on or adjacent to the campus. Chief among these are the Australian Synchrotron[35] and CSIRO.

The campus is also home to numerous restaurants and retail outlets, as well as student bars Sir John's (located in the Campus Centre) and the Notting Hill Hotel (founded in 1891),[36] both of which are hubs of social life on the campus.[37]

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Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash Clayton Campus

The campus is also home to a number of halls of residence, colleges and other on-campus accommodation that house several thousand students. Six halls of residence are located at the Clayton campus in Clayton, Victoria. There is an additional private residential college affiliated with the university. The Clayton campus contains the Robert Blackwood Hall, named after the university's founding chancellor Sir Robert Blackwood and designed by Sir Roy Grounds.[38]


The Caulfield campus is Monash University's second largest. Its multifaceted nature is reflected in the range of programs it offers through the faculties of Arts, Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Business & Economics, Information Technology and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. A major building program has been announced, to expand teaching facilities, provide student accommodation and redevelop the shopping centre.


The Peninsula campus has a teaching and research focus on health and wellbeing, and is a hub of undergraduate and postgraduates studies in Nursing, Health Science, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychology – and particularly in Emergency Health (Paramedic) courses.

The campus is located in the bayside suburb of Frankston on the edge of Melbourne. Peninsula campus also offers a range of courses including those from its historic roots with early childhood and primary education (during the 1960s and 1970s the campus was the State Teachers' College), and Business & Economics (since the merger of the State Teachers' College with the Caulfield Institute of Technology to create the Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1982). The campus was also home to the Peninsula School of Information Technology, which in 2006 was wound back with Information Technology units previously offered being relocated to the Caulfield campus.

The Alfred

Located in The Alfred Hospital, Monash University's Alfred campus houses the Central Clinical School[39] and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine,[40] which contains the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine[41] and the Department of Forensic Medicine.[42]


The Parkville campus is situated in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, around 2 km north of the Melbourne CBD on Royal Parade. The campus is the home of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The faculty specialises in the areas of formulation science and medicinal chemistry and offers the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science undergraduate degrees, the latter replacing the Bachelor of Formulation Science in 2007 and the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry in 2008. Double degrees are also offered including the Bachelor of Pharmacy/Commerce with the Business and Economics faculty at Clayton, and also the Bachelor of Engineering/Pharmaceutical Science with the Engineering faculty. It also offers postgraduate degrees.


The centrally located Monash Law City Campus houses the postgraduate Faculty of Law. It provides teaching for the Monash Law Masters and JD programmes.



The Monash University Malaysia campus opened in 1998 in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia. The Sunway campus offers various undergraduate degrees through its faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Information Technology, Business, and Arts and Sciences. It is currently home to over 7,636 students. The new purpose-built campus opened in 2007, providing a high-tech home for Monash in Malaysia. In addition to a wide range of undergraduate degrees, the campus also offers both postgraduate Masters and PhD programs. Its degrees in Medicine and Surgery are the first medical degrees outside Australia and New Zealand to be accredited by the Australian Medical Council.[43]

South Africa

In August 2013 Monash University announced it had entered a partnership that will enable its South African presence to grow and enhance its educational offering. The partnership is with Laureate International Universities.


Prato Cathedral, in the town's main piazza, is about 100 metres from the Monash Prato Centre
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The Palazzo Vaj, where the Monash University Prato Centre is located

The Monash University Prato Centre is located in the 18th-century palace, Palazzo Vaj, in the historic centre of Prato, a city near Florence in Italy. Primarily, it hosts staff and students from Monash's other campuses for semesters in Law, Art Design & Architecture, History, Music, and Criminology as well as various international conferences. It was officially opened on 17 September 2001 as part of the university's vigorous internationalisation policy.[44]


The IITB-Monash Research Academy opened in 2008 and is situated in Mumbai, India.[45] It is a partnership between Monash and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. It aims to carry out high impact research in engineering and sciences, particularly clean energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Students undertake their research in both India and Australia, with supervisors from both Monash and IITB. Upon graduating, they receive a dual PhD from the two institutions.[46] In the month following its official opening, 36 joint projects had commenced, with a further several hundred planned.

In August 2015 Christopher Pyne, Australian Minister for Education and Training, officially opened the new Monash-IITB Research Academy Building in Mumbai, India.[47]

Suzhou, China

In 2012, it was announced that Monash had won a licence to develop a joint graduate school with Southeast University in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province.[48] The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School is the first Australian university, and the third foreign university, to win a licence to operate in China.[49] The school offers master's degrees and PhDs in science and engineering, with an initial cohort of 500 students, building up to 2000 in the years to come.[50]

Former campuses


As part of the university's expansion in the 1990s, Monash took over the operations of the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education in 1990. The commitment to regional higher education on the part of the university was a progressive and bold step, however, the operation of the Gippsland campus was always fraught with some tension between the priorities of the metropolitan-centred campuses at Clayton and Caulfield versus the needs and aspirations of the regional one.

The Gippsland campus of Monash University was the mainstay of the university's commitment to distance education, pioneering courses such as journalism, multimedia, fine arts, and outdoor sport and recreation. Between 2005 and 2010, many of these programs were transferred to city campuses, thus losing their distinctive regional flavour. At its peak enrolment in 2007, the campus was home to 2,000 on-campus students, 5,000 off-campus students and nearly 400 staff. The campus sits in the Latrobe Valley town of Churchill, 142 km east of Melbourne on 63 hectares of landscaped grounds. Until 2014 it was the only non-metropolitan campus of Monash University. The campus offered many undergraduate degrees, attracting students from the Latrobe Valley, East and West Gippsland.

Ballarat University joined with Monash University Gippsland campus to form a new regional university known as Federation University Australia from 1 January 2014. As of that date, Monash began the process of teaching out its courses at Gippsland with only a medical school presence to remain after the merger.[51]


The former Berwick campus of Monash University was built on the old Casey airfield in the south-eastern growth corridor of Victoria, Australia. The town of Berwick has experienced an influx of people and development in recent times, which includes the new campus of Monash University. With a presence in the area since 1994, the first Monash Berwick campus building was completed in 1996 and the third building in March 2004. It was situated on a 55-hectare site in the City of Casey, then one of the three fastest growing municipalities in Australia. Monash announced the closure of this campus to staff and students on 7 March 2016. On 15 July 2016 it was announced that Federation University Australia would take responsibility for the Berwick Campus from 2017 pending government approvals.[52] This officially commenced on 1 January 2018, as a campus of Federation University Australia.

Organisation and governance


Monash is divided into 10 faculties. These incorporate the university's major departments of teaching and research centres.

The faculties are:

Various other academic organisations exist alongside the faculties and research centres. Monash College provides students with an alternative point of entry to Monash University.[53] The institution offers pathway studies for students who endeavour to undertake studies at one of Monash's campuses. The College's specialised undergraduate diplomas (Diploma Part 2 is equivalent to first-year university) provide an alternative entry point into more than 60 Monash University bachelor degrees, taught intensively in smaller classes and an environment overall similar to that offered by the university. Monash College offers programs in several countries throughout the world, with colleges located in Australia, China, Malaysia, India, Italy and South Africa.[54]

Vice-chancellors and chancellors

The vice-chancellor is the chief executive of the university, who is head of Monash's day-to-day activities. The vice-chancellor is also the university president of Monash. In North America and parts of Europe, the equivalent role is the president or principal. The current vice-chancellor and president is Margaret Gardner. She was named as the vice-chancellor and president in December 2013. She is the first woman to hold the position and commenced in September 2014.[55]

The chancellor is chair of the university council and provides advice to the vice-chancellor, as well as having ceremonial duties.



The Good Universities Guide places the Clayton, Caulfield, Parkville and Peninsula campuses of Monash in the category of universities which are most difficult to gain admission to in Australia, with each campus receiving an Entry Standards mark of 5/5.[56] Monash has the highest demand for places among high school graduates of any university in Victoria.[57] In 2009, one in four applicants put Monash as their first preference.[58] This equates to more than 15,000 first preferences from Victorian high school leavers. Of the top 5% of high school graduates in Victoria, more choose Monash than any other institution. In 2010, almost half of the top 5% of high school leavers chose to attend Monash – the highest of any Victorian university by quite some margin.[59] In 2009, among students with a "perfect" ENTER score of 99.95 (i.e. students in the top 0.05% of high school applicants), 63 made an application for Monash.


University rankings
Monash University
QS World[60]59=
THE-WUR World[61]80=
ARWU World[62]78
USNWR World[63]68
CWTS Leiden World[64]64
Australian rankings
QS National[60]6
THE-WUR National[65]5
ARWU National[66]3
USNWR National[67]4
CWTS Leiden National[64]4
ERA National[69]4[68]

Times Higher Education ranked Monash University Australia's leading university in Engineering and Technology in 2016.[70] In 2018, QS World ranked Monash University #2 globally for Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and #26 globally for Law.


Monash University staff produce over 3,000 research publications each year, with research conducted in over 150 fields of study.[8]

Monash is home to over 120 research centres and institutes.[71] Major interdisciplinary research centres include the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute,[72] the Monash University Accident Research Centre and the Monash Centre for Synchrotron Science. Some notable research centres also located at or affiliated with Monash University include the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute,[73] the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law,[74] the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication[75] and the Monash Institute of Medical Research.[76]

Some of the university's notable research achievements include the world's first IVF pregnancy, the first seatbelt legislation, the discovery of the anti-influenza drug Relenza (Zanamivir), the discovery that nerve stem cells could be derived from embryonic stem cells and the development of a single-use oral anti-malaria drug.[77]


Monash University Library

Monash University Library currently operates several libraries at all of its campuses, spanning over 3 continents. Monash University Library has over 3.2 million items.

Rare books collection

Located at the Sir Louis Matheson Library on the Clayton Campus, the Rare Books Collection consists of over 100,000 items, valued because of their age, uniqueness or physical beauty, which can be accessed by Monash staff and students.[78] The collection was started in 1961 when the university librarian purchased original manuscripts by Jonathan Swift and some of his contemporaries. The collection now consists of a range of items including photography, children's books, 15th- to 17th-century English and French literature, original manuscripts and pamphlets. A variety of exhibitions are hosted throughout the year in the Rare Books area.[79]

Monash University Museum of Art

The Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) was founded in 1961 and is located on the university's Caulfield Campus.[80] The establishment of the Museum reflected a desire by the university's founders for students to obtain a broad education, including an appreciation and understanding of the arts. Its collection has now grown to over 1500 works,[81] including a variety of items from artists such as Arthur Boyd, William Dobell, Sidney Nolan, Howard Arkley, Tracey Moffatt, John Perceval, Fred Williams and Bill Henson. While the gallery's focus is on contemporary Australian art, it houses a number of international works and exhibitions. It hosts regular exhibitions which are open to Monash students and staff, as well as the general public.[82] The current Curator of the Museum is Charlotte Day.[83]

Switchback Gallery

The Monash Art and Design Faculty at Caulfield Campus

The Switchback Gallery was opened in 1995 in the landscaped gardens of the university's Gippsland Campus. It hosts a diverse range of exhibitions each year, from work by Monash students, to displays by international artists.[84]

MADA Gallery, Monash University

Known as the Faculty Gallery between 1999 and 2012, MADA Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located at the university's Caulfield Campus. Showcasing a range of media including painting, tapestry, printmedia, ceramics, jewellery, photomedia, industrial design, Interaction design, architecture, digital media and installation from local and international artists and designers, the Gallery is the public face of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. Previous exhibited artists have included Bill Viola, Hannah Wilke, Bruce Nauman, Alex Martinis-Roe, Arthur Boyd, Karel Martins, Adam Cruickshank, Nathan Gray, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Jill Orr and Nobuhiro Shumura. MADA Gallery regularly collaborates with other arts organisations and museums to present the newest contemporary art.

Student life

Student body

In 2011 Monash had over 63,000 students across its campuses. Of these, around 46,000 are undergraduate students, 12,500 are graduate or postgraduate and 4,500 are undertaking higher degrees by research.

Around 65% of Monash students have domestic citizenship (i.e. they are citizens of the country in which their main campus is located). Around 39% are international students.[9] The international students are from over 100 different countries and speak around 90 different languages. Over 50% of Monash students have a language other than English as their mother language.[9]

Student organisations

Monash students are represented by the Monash Student Association in individual campus organisations and the university-wide Monash Postgraduate Association.

Monash students are also represented by academic associations and societies. These groups organise social events and represent student interests to the faculty among other goals.

Apart from the representative organisations, Monash has numerous other interest-based clubs and societies. Some notable student organisations include:


Monash University Soccer

Sport at Monash University is overseen by Monash Sport, a department of the university which employs over 200 staff.[86] Currently, there are over 50 sporting clubs at the university.[87]

Each campus has a range of sporting facilities used by students and staff, including football, cricket, hockey, soccer, rugby and baseball fields; tennis, squash and badminton courts; gyms and swimming pools. The university also had an alpine lodge at Mount Buller until the end of 2011.

Monash's sporting teams compete in a range of local and national competitions. Monash sends the largest number of students of any Australian university to the Australian University Games, in which it was Overall Champion in 2008 and 2009.[88]

Facilities at Monash are often used by a range of professional sporting teams. For example, the Australia national association football team, the Socceroos, used the Clayton campus and trained on-site in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Colleges and Halls of Residence

Monash Residential Services (MRS) is responsible for co-ordinating the operation of on-campus halls of residence. MRS manages a variety of facilities at most Australian campuses (Berwick, Clayton, Caulfield, and Peninsula) as well as South Africa:

List of colleges
College Year of foundation
Howitt Hall (Clayton) 1966–
Farrer Hall (Clayton) 1965–
Richardson Hall (Clayton) 1972–
Deakin Hall (Clayton) 1962–
Roberts Hall (Clayton) 1971–
Normanby House (Clayton) 1969–78 (as Marist College), 1978–
Jackomos Hall (Clayton) 2012–
Briggs Hall (Clayton) 2012–
South East Flats (Clayton)
Campbell Hall 2016–
Holman Hall 2016–
Logan Hall 2016–
Turner Hall 2015–
Berwick Residential
Caulfield Residential (International Mews)
Peninsula Residential
South Africa Residential

Mannix College, founded in 1969 and owned by the Catholic Church was originally an all-male college administered by the Dominican order. Mannix is also affiliated with the university.

Marist College, founded by the Marist order, was established in November 1969 as a traditional all-male college, with an attached seminary.[89] Marist College had closed by 1978, the university subsequently purchasing the college and naming it Normanby House.[90]

The Gippsland campus had on-campus accommodation including the self-catering West House and East House.

Monash University has two Non-Residential Colleges that were established in 2013. They are Pegasus College at the Caulfield Campus, and Orion College at the Clayton Campus.

History of Monash Clayton Halls of Residences and Colleges

  • Howitt Hall is the tallest Monash residential building, standing 12 stories high, with a good view of the other halls and the university. As with Deakin Hall, Farrer Hall, Roberts Hall, Richardson Hall and Normanby House, Howitt Hall is a traditional hall of residence.[91] It is the third oldest hall, and was opened in September 1966. The hall is named after Alfred Howitt, a scholar and prominent figure in early Gippsland.
  • Farrer Hall was officially opened in 1965. It is divided into two buildings, Commons and Lords, with an annexe to Commons called Chastity which is located above the common room. The hall's design, like that of Deakin Hall, Howitt Hall and Normanby House, is traditional, with corridors on each floor and kitchens, laundries and common rooms shared across them.[92] The hall was named after William Farrer, who developed many strains of wheat suited to Australian conditions.
  • Richardson Hall (Richo) was established in 1972. The hall was designed with stairwells rather than corridors,[93] and originally had its own dining hall. Richardson is home to 190 residents. The hall is named after Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, a prominent Australian author who adopted the male pseudonym Henry Handel Richardson.
  • Deakin Hall was officially opened in September 1962 and was Australia's first co-educational University residence hall - although the women and men were housed on separate floors.[94][95] The hall consists of two wings - Old Deakin and New Deakin - which form a large courtyard. Old Deakin contained the hall's Dining Hall which operated for some years before a nearby separate central dining building complex was built c. 1966. The new complex housed individual dining rooms for Deakin Hall, Farrer Hall and Howitt Hall which were all linked via a common kitchen.[96][97] Deakin Hall was named after Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister from 1903–1910 and father of the Australian Constitution.
  • Roberts Hall is named after Tom Roberts, an Australian artist who was affectionately known as "the bulldog". Founded in 1971, the hall was designed with stairwells rather than corridors,[93] and originally had its own dining hall. The hall's mascot is a bulldog in recognition of the nickname of its namesake - Tom Roberts.
  • Jackomos Hall and Briggs Hall are twin residences which opened in 2012. They are named after two prominent Indigenous women, Merle Jackomos and Geraldine Briggs.
  • Campbell Hall, Holman Hall, Logan Hall and Turner Hall are the most recently built halls at Monash.
  • Mannix College is a Catholic residential college affiliated with Monash,[98] located near the south-western corner of the university's Clayton campus. Established in 1969, the college was originally an all-male foundation. Mannix's college motto "Omnia Omnibus" means "All things to all People". The shield of Mannix College combines elements of Archbishop Daniel Mannix - after whom the college was named - Sir John Monash and the Dominican Order. From the shield of Mannix the gryphon and crescents are taken together with the motto. The shield of Sir John Monash, used by the university named after him, shows the inverted chevron, the Southern Cross, the open book and sword in pale blue surrounded by a crown of laurel. The black-and-white border is drawn from the shield of the Dominican Order.[99]
  • Normanby House was first established as Marist College. It was founded by the Marist order and was established in November 1969 as a traditional all-male college, with an attached seminary.[100] Marist College had closed by 1978, the university subsequently purchasing the college and naming it Normanby House.[101][90]
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Howitt Hall

Farrer Hall, Monash University

Farrer Hall


Deakin Hall, Old Deakin

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Mannix College

Notable alumni and staff

1100 Monash graduates (or 8.33% of the total biographical listings) are listed among the 13,200 biographies of Australia's most notable individuals in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in Australia. Likewise, 10% of Australia's top 50 CEOs completed their undergraduate degree at Monash.[102]

Notable graduates in politics include: Bill Shorten, Australian Leader of the Opposition; Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria; Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens; Josh Freydenberg, Treasurer of Australia; Senator for Victoria; Adam Bandt, Australian Greens Member of Parliament for Melbourne; Anna Burke, former Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives; Boediono, Vice President of Indonesia; Simon Crean, former Cabinet Member in the Rudd Government and Gillard Government; David de Kretser, former Governor of Victoria; Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance, Malaysia; Robert Doyle, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Marlene Moses, United Nations Ambassador for Nauru.

Graduates in scientific fields include: Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia[103]; Ian Meredith, Global Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Boston Scientific[104]; Tim Flannery, scientist, ecology activist; Brad McKay, doctor, author and television personality; Tilman Ruff, founding chair of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, infectious diseases and public health physician[105] and Ranjana Srivastava, oncologist and author.

Graduates in entertainment include: Doug Chappel, comedian and actor; David Williamson, playwright; Andrew Daddo, actor, voice artist, author and television personality and Vance Joy, singer songwriter.

Graduates in other fields include: Peter Costello, businessman, political commentator and longest-serving Treasurer of Australia; Ian MacFarlane, economist, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (1996–2006); George Pell, present Australian Cardinal of the Catholic Church; Anne Ferguson, Chief Justice of Victoria[106] and Marilyn Warren, 11th and first female Chief Justice of Victoria.


Notable current staff members at Monash include: Waleed Aly, Muslim community leader; Kate Burridge, linguist; John Brumby, former Premier of Victoria; Ken Coghill, former Speaker of the Parliament of Victoria; Michael Cowley, physiologist; Raymond Finkelstein, former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia; George Hampel, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria; Yew-Kwang Ng, economist; Graeme Pearman, climate change scientist; Andrew Prentice, mathematician; Kathy Temin, artist; John Thwaites, environmentalist, former Deputy Premier of Victoria; Christopher Weeramantry, judge and former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice.

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Further reading

  • Sir Robert Blackwood, Monash University: the first ten years, Melbourne, Hampden Hall, 1968
  • Simon Marginson, Monash: Remaking the University, Allen & Unwin, 2000
  • Sir Louis Matheson, Still learning, South Melbourne, Macmillan, 1980
  • Monash University, Go Boldly: Monash University, Clayton, Monash University, 2008
  • Janette Bomford, Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 years of history, 1881–2006
  • H.V. Feehan, Birth of the Victorian College of Pharmacy
  • Louise Gray and Karen Stephens, Victorian College of Pharmacy: 125 stories for 125 years, 1881–2006
  • Geoffrey Hutton, The Victorian College of Pharmacy: an observer's view
  • Sarah Rood, From Ferranti to Faculty: Information Technology at Monash University, 1960 to 1990, Monash University Custom Publishing Service, 2008
  • Victorian College of Pharmacy, The Search for a partner : a history of the amalgamation of the Victorian College of Pharmacy and Monash University
  • Fay Woodhouse, Still learning: a 50 year history of Monash University Peninsula Campus, Clayton, Monash University, 2008
  • Graeme Davison & Kate Murphy, University Unlimited: The Monash Story, Allen & Unwin, 2012

External links

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Australian University Games

The Australian University Games (AUGs) is a multi-sport competition held annually in September / October between teams fielded from a large number of Australian universities and tertiary institutions. The Games were first held in Melbourne at the inaugural Australian Universities Winter Games in 1992 and jointly hosted by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University and Deakin University. Owned by Australian University Sport (AUS), the peak governing body of university sport in Australia, the Games is the flagship event on the university sporting calendar and attracts over 6,000 competitors each year.

The Australian University Games replaced events hosted by individual sports and brought together university sports (intervarsities) and the then tertiary college sports (intercollegiates) into the one competitive arena, aiming to bring more athletes together in a larger event.

Teams qualify through regional university games. The Northern University Games are for universities from Queensland, Northern Territory and Northern New South Wales. The Eastern University Games are for universities from most of New South Wales and the ACT. The Southern University Games are for teams from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The Western University Games Series covers teams from Western Australia.

Thus far, the University of Sydney has been the most successful amongst competing universities in the Games, having achieved Overall Winner a total of nine times (1995–1996, 1999–2003, 2007, 2014).

The University of Western Australia became the first University outside the big 3 (the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University) to win the Overall Title since 1994, when it clinched the 2010 title.

The current Overall Winner is the University of Technology Sydney, having won the title in 2017.

The Unisport Nationals will replace the Australian University Games from 2018.

Damian Conway

Damian Conway (born 5 October 1964 in Melbourne, Australia) is a computer scientist, a member of the Perl community and the author of several books. Until 2010, he was also an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.

Damian completed his BSc (with honours) and PhD at Monash. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to CPAN and Perl 6 language design, and his Perl programming training courses.

He has won the Larry Wall Award three times for CPAN contributions. His involvement in Perl 6 language design has been as an interlocutor and explicator of Larry Wall.

He is one of the authors of the Significantly Prettier and Easier C++ Syntax (SPEC).

Ed Byrne (academic)

Edward Byrne (born 15 February 1952) is a neuroscientist currently serving as Principal of King's College London, having replaced Sir Rick Trainor in October 2014.He was previously Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.

Federation University Australia, Berwick campus

Federation University Australia, Berwick Campus is a campus of Federation University Australia located in Berwick, which is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria. It offers degrees in Business and Commerce, Nursing and Education.

It is situated in the City of Casey, one of Australia's fastest growing areas with approximately 2000 students attending the Campus. The campus opened in 1996. It is small in comparison to other campuses, covering an area of only 55 hectares. A student accommodation building was completed in 2006 to stabilise the demand generated by both local and the vast number of international students. Faculties have come and gone over the years and now the Faculty of Education holds the majority of students on campus.

The campus celebrated its 10th anniversary on 29 April 2006.On 7 March 2016 Monash announced that it would be closing the Berwick campus by 2018. On 15 July 2016 it was announced that Federation University Australia would take responsibility for the Berwick Campus from 2017 pending government approvals. This officially commenced on 1 January 2018, as a campus of Federation University Australia.

Federation University Australia, Gippsland campus

Federation University Australia Gippsland Campus is an Australian university campus located in the town of Churchill 142 km east of Melbourne. Its main neighbouring towns in the region are Morwell and Traralgon. Formerly a branch of Monash University, on 1 January 2014 it became part of Federation University Australia. Study areas at the campus include Arts (Media, Humanities, Communication and Social Science); Business; Education; Information Technology; Nursing; Midwifery; Sport, Outdoor and Physical Education; Psychology; Science; Engineering and Visual Arts.

Federation University Australia came into being after the University of Ballarat merged with Monash University Gippsland Campus. New students commencing their studies at the Gippsland campus from 2014 study under the Federation University Australia entity. Remaining Monash students at the campus were able to complete their degree as Monash University students.

Jim Breen

James William Breen (born 1947) is a Research Fellow at Monash University in Australia, where he was a professor in the area of IT and telecommunications before his retirement in 2003. He holds a BSc in mathematics, an MBA and a PhD in computational linguistics, all from the University of Melbourne. He is well known for his involvement in several popular free Japanese-related projects: the EDICT and JMDict Japanese-English dictionaries, the KANJIDIC kanji dictionary, and the WWWJDIC portal which provides an interface to search them.His EDICT dictionary and WWWJDIC server have been described as "reliable and close to comprehensive". His 170,000-word lexicon has been used to build other Japanese language learning sites such as Rikai.He remains a board member of the Japanese Studies Centre at Monash University.

John Stillwell

John Colin Stillwell (born 1942) is an Australian mathematician on the faculties of the University of San Francisco and Monash University.

Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson, AC (born 17 March 1953) is an Australian corporate executive.

Jackson was born in Warragul, Victoria, and studied at Warragul High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. She is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Jackson was the chairman of Qantas from 2000 to 2007 and was the first woman to become chairman of a top-50 publicly listed company in Australia. She had been a director of Qantas since 1992, her other directorships include the ANZ since 1994 and Billabong.

Jackson is a former partner of accounting firm KPMG and has also worked for accounting firms BDO Nelson Parkhill and Pricewaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Monash South Africa

Monash South Africa is a private university founded in 2001, located on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig in north-west Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng.

The student mix at Monash South Africa is diverse. In addition to domestic (South African) students, it is also home to many students from other African countries. For example, a large number of students from Botswana attend.

The President and Academic President of Monash South Africa is Professor Alwyn Louw.

Monash Student Association

The Monash Student Association (Clayton) Inc (MSA) is located at the Clayton campus of Monash University in the Campus Centre building. The MSA is made up of elected student representatives who represent all Clayton campus students on general issues such as education, fees and student welfare, and also specific issues such as women's affairs and queer affairs. MSA also operates a Student Theatre, an Activities department, Lot's Wife, Host Scheme, the Short Courses Centre and Wholefoods vegetarian restaurant.

The MSA was formed at the end of 1994 with a merger of the former Monash Association of Students, Monash Postgraduate Association, the Mature Aged and Part Time Students Association and the Monash University International Students Society. It subsequently incorporated as an independent body in 1998.

Monash University, Caulfield campus

Monash University, Caulfield campus is a campus of Monash University located in Caulfield, which is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria. The campus comprises 13,400 students of which 52.8% are female and 57.1% of students are enrolled in undergraduate courses. Before its incorporation into Monash University, the campus was known as Chisholm Institute of Technology, which was created from the union of Caulfield Institute of Technology and the State College of Victoria at Frankston (now Chisholm Institute).

Monash University, Clayton campus

Monash University, Clayton campus is the main campus of Monash University located in Clayton, which is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria.

The campus covers an area of over 1.1 km² and is the largest of the Monash University campuses, both in terms of size and student population. Clayton Campus currently has over 25, 000 students.The campus has its own suburb and is one of the few university campuses in Australia to have its own postcode (3800), and shares the telephone number extension of 990 with the other city campuses of the university. The Campus features a wide range of native Australian flora and fauna, including over 2000 different kinds of plant life.

Monash University, Parkville campus

Monash University, Parkville campus is a campus of Monash University, located in Parkville, Victoria, Australia. It is home to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, previously known as the Victorian College of Pharmacy. A centre of research and teaching, it is particularly well known for its research in drug development and formulation science, including the discovery and development of the world's first successful anti-influenza drug, Relenza. In international rankings, it is ranked as the number one school of pharmacy and pharmacology in Australia and the equal fourth best in the world alongside King's College London.The campus is made up of 4 buildings, the latest one being first occupied in 2007. The newest, fourth building is primarily a research building, to complement the campuse's strong research background. The campus is situated on Royal Parade in the suburb of Parkville around 2 km north of the Melbourne CBD. Royal Parade is home to a number of other research institutions, including the University of Melbourne, the CSIRO's Division of Health Sciences and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Pharmaceutical company CSL Limited is also based in Parkville.

The campus offers courses in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.Students can also take simultaneous degrees in commerce or engineering at Monash University's Clayton Campus. The campus also offers postgraduate degrees by coursework or research, from graduate diploma through to PhD level.

The campus currently has around 1100 students and around 140 staff. It is planning to expand its teaching to offer a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University's Malaysia campus, which commenced in 2009 in partnership with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences based at Malaysia campus. The campus is also exploring the possibilities of developing postgraduate pharmacy education at the University's South Africa campus.

The current Dean of the College is Professor Bill Charman.

Monash University Faculty of Law

Monash University Faculty of Law, or Monash Law School, is the law school of Monash University. Founded in 1963, it is based in Melbourne, Victoria and has campuses in Australia, Malaysia and Italy.

The Faculty of Law is consistently ranked in the top 30 law schools in the world and is among the highest ranked law schools in Australia. In 2014, it was ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings. In 2018, it was ranked first in Australia in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Entry to the Bachelor of Laws is highly competitive, with an ATAR score of approximately 98 required for guaranteed entry in 2017.The Faculty of Law offers a wide variety of degrees, including the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), with which students may combine other degrees as part of a double degree, the Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It currently has approximately 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students and over 100 professors, lecturers and teaching associates.The Faculty of Law's alumni include two Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Victoria, current and former judges of the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of New South Wales, County Court of Victoria and High Court of Hong Kong, distinguished academics and legal scholars, federal and state politicians including two Treasurers of Australia, prominent businesspersons, artists and media personalities. Currently, a number of senior judicial positions in Victoria, including Chief Justice of Victoria, are occupied by alumni of the Faculty of Law.

The Monash University Law Review is the Faculty of Law's flagship academic journal. It is managed by students and supervised by faculty advisors.

Monash University Malaysia Campus

Monash University Malaysia, the Malaysian campus of Monash University opened in 1998 and is located within the Bandar Sunway township in Malaysia. It was the first foreign university in Malaysia. Monash University Malaysia is one of several Monash University campuses and centres outside the State of Victoria in Australia. Monash University also has a centre in Prato, Italy, a campus in South Africa and a research academy in India.

Monash University Malaysia is the third largest campus of Monash University - a premier research-intensive Australian university ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8). Monash University is also ranked 59 in the QS 2019 World University Rankings. Established in 1998, Monash Malaysia is the third largest campus of Australia's largest university and the first foreign university campus in Malaysia that operates in partnership with the Sunway Education Group.

A self-accrediting university, Monash University Malaysia is currently home to approximately 8,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The current head of the campus is President & Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Walker.

Monash University Malaysia has established strong links with industry and government, and serves as a platform for research and education engagement with Southeast Asia and beyond. From collaborating with industry partners to create safer medical devices to partnering with Sunway Medical Centre to grant students internship opportunities, we are at the forefront of research and education which seeks real-world solutions to address national and international priorities.

As one of the eight Monash University campuses, the Malaysian campus is subject to Monash University for all matters related to academic development, teaching and support.

Rob Jolly

Robert Allen Jolly (born 27 January 1945) is a former Australian politician.

He was born in Box Hill to Athol Percival Jolly, a store manager, and Majorie Mellsa. He attended local state schools and then Monash University, from which he received a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), a Diploma of Education and a Master of Economics. He joined the Labor Party in 1966. From 1968 to 1970 he was a senior teaching fellow at Monash University's economics department, and in 1971 was employed as a senior research officer with the Commonwealth Department of Labour and National Service's social policy section. He lectured in economics at Swinburne Institute of Technology in 1972, after which he worked as a research officer and industrial advocate for the Australian Council of Trade Unions. In 1979 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the member for Dandenong, moving to Doveton in 1985. From 1982 to 1990 he was Treasurer of Victoria. In 1992 he moved to contest the seat of Berwick, but he was defeated.

Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School

The Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Chinese: 东南大学-莫纳什大学联合研究生院) is a postgraduate and research university in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. The school is situated in the Suzhou Dushu Lake Higher Education Town. It is a joint venture between the Australia-based Monash University and Southeast University (simplified Chinese: 东南大学) in Nanjing. It is the first joint graduate school in China. It consists of both a Joint Graduate School and a Joint Research Institute.

Victorian Amateur Football Association

The Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) is the largest amateur Australian rules football league in Australia and consists of seven senior divisions (with each club in the first 3 divisions fielding 3 teams, and all clubs fielding 2).

The league's administration base is at Sportscover Arena at Elsternwick Park, a former Victorian Football Association stadium in suburban Elsternwick, Victoria, that was home to the now defunct Brighton Football Club. It has a small grandstand and capacity for around 15,000 spectators.

In addition there are also three Club XVIII divisions, primarily made up of either clubs only able to field one team, or clubs from higher divisions that can field a third team after their seniors and reserves. The league operates a promotion and relegation system between divisions with various rules dictating which division clubs can play in.

Many of the clubs are private school based where school old boys play.

The 2017 William Buck Premier is St Kevins Old Boys who defeated Collegians 10.10.70 to 9.13.67

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly (born 15 August 1978) is an Australian writer, academic, lawyer, media presenter and musician. Aly is a co-host of Network Ten's news and current affairs television program The Project, he writes for Fairfax Media, and is a lecturer in politics at Monash University working in their Global Terrorism Research Centre. In 2016, he won the Gold Logie Award for Best Personality on Australian Television.

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