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Monash University

Updated on May 16, 2009

Monash University is a multi-campus public university. Formed in 1958 by a Victorian Government Act the new university intended to serve a growing population keenly interested in higher education. Monash grew to have the most students of any Australian university following mergers of other higher education providers in the 1990s. Generally considered one of Australia's top five universities, Monash holds considerable prestige in the fields of Information Technology, Law and Medicine.

The early 1990s saw Monash adapting to the introduction of the John Dawkins reforms to higher education, which encouraged smaller higher education providers (known as Centres of Adult Education or CAEs) to merge with the established universities. Monash University merged with Chisolm Institute of Technology (giving it Caulfield and Frankston campuses), Gippsland Instititue of Advanced Education and the Victorian College of Pharmacy in Parkville. It also briefly co-branded the Mt. Eliza Business School for Executive Education, before it merged with the University of Melbourne's Business School. Monash then expanded internationally with campuses in South Africa and Malaysia and a study centre in Italy.

Considerable international acclaim was gained for Monash University after several of its researchers pioneered IVF treatment and commercialised this for worldwide use. The commercial company specialising in IVF treatments, Monash IVF, is named after the University.

The iconic Robert Menzies Building on the Clayton Campus
The iconic Robert Menzies Building on the Clayton Campus
Caulfield Campus
Caulfield Campus
Peninsula Campus
Peninsula Campus
Gippsland Campus
Gippsland Campus
Parkville Campus
Parkville Campus


Australian Campuses

Clayton, Victoria

Monash's flagship campus - with the largest area (over 1.1km2), largest enrollment (25,000+ students) and the eight of the ten faculties are represented on campus (Arts, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, IT, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science). This is also the original site of Monash University.

Caulfield, Victoria

Monash's second biggest campus by enrollment (13,000+ students) is home to the faculties of Business and Economics, Art and Design, and IT and also has the Monash Graduate School of Business.

Peninsula (Frankston), Victoria

Monash's fifth biggest campus by enrollment (3,000+ students)

Gippsland (Churchill), Victoria

Originally the Yallourn Technical School, which opened in 1928, Gippsland is now Monash's third biggest campus by enrollment (5,000+ students).

Parkville, Victoria

Originally established in 1881 as the school of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria, The Victorian College of Pharmacy, was Australia's first school of Pharmacy. It is now known as the Parkville campus, and is Monash's second smallest campus by enrollment (1,500+ students).

Berwick, Victoria

Monash's newest Australian campus, and third smallest overall campus by enrollment (around 2,000 students).

South Africa

Ruimsig, Johannesburg

Monash's smallest campus by enrollment (1,000+ students) opened in 2001.


Bandar Sunway, Kuala Lumpur

Monash's fourth biggest campus and largest international campus by enrollment (3,500+ students) was opened in 1998 following an invitation from the Malaysian government.

Monash Shield
Monash Shield


Monash University is generally ranked as the second best univeristy in Victoria, placing behind the University of Melbourne, and one of the top six in Australia, behind the Australian National University and as a peer of the University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. The 2008 Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) ranked Monash University sixth Australia, and forty-seventh worldwide. Monash University was one of only three post World War II universities that ranked in the top 50.


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