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Our vibrant and diverse community of 86,000 students, 9000 staff, and more than 385,000 alumni are working together to create real change.
To make a global impact, we need to be embedded in the communities we serve. We have three international teaching locations, six campuses, and more than 100 partner universities.
We have more than 150 active fields of research, 10 faculties, and over 4700 Higher Degree by Research students solving the challenges of our age.
Our dedication to teaching and research excellence, coupled with our record for innovation, means we’re consistently ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.
Monash has a 60-year history of making a global impact through our outstanding research, diversity, breadth of alumni, partnerships and connections that result in new solutions and better outcomes. We do this with a global mindset that comes to life through our global locations. Learn more about some of our recent notable achievements.
Climate change threatens the fabric of our planet – the quality of air, water and biodiversity that sustains us. Addressing the challenges and mitigating the consequences of climate change is an urgent priority and core focus for Monash.
We made a landmark commitment in 2016 to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as the first Australian university to commit to an energy reduction target through our initiative to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Our research underpins this commitment and we walk the walk with a groundbreaking active micro grid on our Clayton campus.
The Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program provides clean water and improved health in disadvantaged communities in Indonesia and Fiji.
To help improve public understanding on climate change, the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub is transforming policy infrastructure and media reporting to ensure climate information is delivered in a meaningful way.
We're forecasting environmental change across the Antarctic, deploying effective environmental stewardship strategies, and securing Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.
Through research, advocacy and leadership, we’re shaping the agenda on how to achieve security and safety on a global scale.
We are leaders in the interrogation of modern slavery and human trafficking and its responses in the Asia-Pacific region and across Europe over the past decade, including forming the first-of-its-kind Modern Slavery Law Clinic in 2019.
The Monash Cybersecurity Lab examines the impact of digital technologies such as facial recognition, including the use of authentication checks that protect people’s identities, and advises governments on the dangers of recognition technologies.
We're committed to providing vital advocacy, evidence-based research and teaching to lead the fight to end the death penalty in the Asian region where more than 90 per cent of the world's executions take place.
We’re shifting the paradigm on female safety and security globally through gender-inclusive research projects that aim to prevent gender-based violence and increase women's participation and leadership.
We’re taking a truly multi-disciplinary and society-wide approach to foster communities that thrive, with programs that drive positive health, economic, social and cultural outcomes both locally and globally.
Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in four of all deaths, claiming the life of one person every 12 minutes. At Monash, we’re bringing together the research, training, clinical practice and patient care needed to stem its impact, as part of the Victorian Heart Institute and Victorian Heart Hospital - to be housed at Monash University’s Clayton campus.
By developing the most accurate three-dimensional model of a blastocyst – the cellular structure that becomes an early human embryo – we're able to better examine infertility and congenital disease.
The ground-breaking ASPREE study set a new paradigm for clinical trials in the elderly and is influencing health care guidelines around the world. Together with Peninsula Health, we’ve established the National Centre for Healthy Aging, creating integrated care models across people's lifespan.
The World Mosquito Program is transforming the global fight against life-threatening mosquito-borne diseases such as, dengue, Zika, and chikungunya by using a unique self-sustaining method.
We’re helping communities withstand, adapt and respond to bushfires, through programs like Fire to Flourish which harnesses the power of community leadership and action in bushfire-affected communities.
Not only does Monash deliver outstanding education, through our research we help educators provide the best pedagogy for their students. The Conceptul Playlab leads Australia's largest study into play-based education, designed to develop the next generation of STEM minds.
The Turner Institute's focus is to help everyone live well, develop resilience, and be our best. Monash works tirelessly to develop resilience, promote brain healthy lifestyles, and maximise cognitive capabilities. We understand the science, work with world renowned researchers, the community, clinicians and industry partners to confront and improve brain and mental health.
Education and research is at the heart of what we do – and both are celebrated and recognised for their excellence. For more than 60 years our future oriented education and research is, and continues to be recognised amongst the best in the world. This is why we are able to address, impact and change the course of the great challenges of our times – locally, nationally and globally.
We offer comprehensive study options - in undergraduate - including a myriad of double degrees - (a combination of two courses), graduate studies and professional development - no matter where you are in your career and learning journey. Monash courses have research and international experiences embedded, and the opportunity to witness, learn and participate in entrepreneurial endeavours and be part of research discovery or application from undergraduate onwards. No matter how you engage and learn at Monash you will develop a perspective that crosses fields of knowledge and cultures - and we call that the Monash difference.
We have a network of campuses covering the Indo-pacific and into Europe, and partnerships globally, including with many UK and US institutions. This is underpinned by the way we always think internationally and address the global challenges of our age. Diversity and inclusion are core to our values. Each campus is a global community in itself.
Together with our alumni who span the globe, our transcontinental community creates a mix of people and ideas to create education, research collaborations, networks, commercial opportunities and engagement that is truly global - like minded students and partners seek us out. This means our perspective is wide, our minds remain open and we can engage with challenges and opportunities to change communities locally, nationally and globally.
Our global reach
Think enterprising and you think Monash. We have a long and proud distinguished history of ground breaking translational research, that together with our partners, has changed the world. The enviable list includes IVF, Monash FODMAP diet, development of rapid blood tests to diagnose COVID 19 and in the energy field the paradigm changing development of green ammonia for energy storage - just to name a few.
Our research results in commercial success because of our world leading research, research platforms, and engagement with world leading partners to create these opportunities. Many successes seem to happen overnight and some are many years in the making.
Partners choose to be based on or near, our campuses to be at the forefront of opportunity. Formed in partnership with the Victorian government, this is known as the Monash Technology Precinct.
In addition to commercial success, start-ups are nurtured, entrepreneurialism is encouraged and students gain valuable learning and professional experience and talent pools are cultivated for future workforces.
Our research and partnerships
How Monash responds to the greatest challenges of our time is deepened and enriched because of the contributions of our diverse community. We value this so much, we have policy and practices in place so that it can grow and be truly inclusive.
In our quest to seek talented staff and students to make the most valuable impacts; we provide educational opportunities to those who may not have it available, support research that needs to be undertaken, and undertake work to improve economic, social and justice outcomes for all. We do this to advance our communities. We will continue to forge pathways so that we can create abundant opportunities.
Our community includes:
Figures quoted based on 2020 statistics. Domestic and international student figures do not include online students, non-campus teaching locations and teach-outs at former campuses.
While our focus is squarely on the horizon, we use the spirit of our history to guide us. Founded in 1958, we’re named after Sir John Monash – an engineer, military leader, and public administrator who contributed to almost every level of Australian life. We’re guided by our motto, Ancora Imparo (“I am still learning”), which sums up his approach to life and our dedication to lifelong learning.