Wednesday, 12 September 2012


“Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching - without these a university cannot exist” - Robert Maynard Hutchins

This week I had occasion to visit two Monash University campuses for work. Both were very full days, but it was godo to be able to slip out and have a look at the campuses. Although I have visited several Monash campuses in the past, I have not had the pleasure of being able to explore fully and leisurely the campuses. One needs several weeks (at least) on each campus for that. Nevertheless, one gets a good impression of the “atmosphere” of each university campus by wandering through it and seeing what facilities are available, what each cluster of buildings is like and also if possible chat to a few students and staff.

Monash University is a public university based in Melbourne, Victoria. It was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest university in the state. Monash is a member of Australia's Group of Eight and the ASAIHL. Monash enrols approximately 39,000 undergraduate and 16,000 graduate students, making it the university with the largest student body in Australia. It also has more applicants than any university in the state of Victoria.

Monash is home to major research facilities, including the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct (STRIP), the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres and 17 co-operative research centres. In 2008, Monash University attracted more than $210 million of research investment and grants from various Government bodies and external organisations.

The university has eight campuses, six of which are Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Peninsula, Parkville, and Gippsland), one in Malaysia, and one in South Africa. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India. and is developing a graduate school in Jiangsu Province, China.

1 comment:

  1. Monash accepted its first students in the early 1960s. By the time I put on my tie dyed skirts and peace buttons in 1966, Monash still hadn't established itself as a top quality alternative for bright undergraduates. It was called The Farm :)

    But that certainly changed by the 1980s. Eventually bright students put Monash as their first preference...and still do, today.