Deakin University

Deakin University’s History

Deakin University is a dynamic, young public research institution located in Australia’s most culturally diverse city, Melbourne, capital of the southern state of Victoria. Named after the second Prime Minister of Australia, Alfred Deakin, the University started its journey in 1974. Deakin was formed as a result of a merger between Geelong Teachers College and the higher education courses of the Gordon Institute of Technology.

Facts and Figures

Deakin is Australia’s sixth largest University with almost 58,000 students, 20% of whom come from over 130 countries. They attend various courses across its five campuses (including online Cloud Campus), and three learning centres, all in Victoria state. Melbourne’s Burwood campus, the University’s largest, has over 30,000 enrolments. The University has four faculties, namely Arts and Education, Business and Law, Health, and Science, Engineering and Built Environment.

With 90% of Deakin's research rated ‘at or above world class’, it is one of Australia's fastest growing research universities. Its combined research funding increased from AUD 4.5 million in 1997 to AUD 65.1 million in 2017. The University has six Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres. In 2017, HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students and academic researchers benefitted from the launch of the Graduate Research Academy to expand their skill set and support their professional development.

In 2017 Deakin established the Institute for Healthcare Transformation, positioning it as one of Australia’s leading resources for health systems research. In 2018 the Deakin Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute was established. It contributed to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media, advanced manufacturing and more.

Notable Faculty and Tie Ups

There are various flexible study options at Deakin, the most attractive of which is the possibility to study two degrees at once by combining courses, thereby saving both time and money. With faculty approval, students may also be able to earn credits towards their Deakin degree by studying units not available at Deakin at another tertiary institution.

Deakin offers students several workplace learning programs within individual faculties and courses. The University has plenty of industry contacts that give rise to internships, work placement and work-integrated learning programs. It is possible to gain credit towards one’s degree from workplace learning.

Deakin encourages its students to build a global network by spending a trimester or a few weeks overseas to study in a new environment, experiencing a new culture and way of life. Over 2000 Deakin students are studying abroad in some 80 different countries, with USA receiving the most at 13% of all outbound students.

Deakin’s award-winning digital environment is at the forefront of the University’s aspiration to become Australia’s premier University. It aims to create an inclusive and accessible digital space for all students, staff and visitors.

For students considering to study in Australia from Nepal, Deakin is an excellent choice. Situated in one of the world’s most livable cities, the University provides splendid support to international students, whether it be airport pick-up or access to International Student Advisers (ISAs) on every campus. ISAs provide support and advice in person, online or over the phone.


International students at Deakin have the choice to stay on or off campus. On campus accommodation is highly recommended for new students to experience community living in a unique environment with students from all over Australia and the world. This presents the opportunity to live in close proximity to the University’s resources and facilities, in a safe and secure environment that allows students to prosper academically and become mature and responsible people. Each Residence has a team of Student Leaders at hand to offer pastoral care and support. An on-site staff member is no more than a call away, thanks to a dedicated 24-7 helpline.

For that unmistakable study abroad Australia experience why not stay off-campus to get to know the local area better and immerse in the local culture? Houseme, the University’s online accommodation finder has ample off-campus housing resources that students can access. Along with this, it helps with housing application and information on rights and responsibilities when renting.


Students can find a variety of eating options at all University campuses, that includes vegetarian, vegan, halal or gluten and dairy-free meals. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to cook very good food, that are served in reduced packaging. Food and drink outlets are all smoke-free environments and come in all formats, from restaurants and cafes to food courts.


The Deakin Library is the ideal academic hub of the University. There are over 1.7 million publications in the form of books, e-books, e-journals, videos and items in special collections that act as vast resources of knowledge. The Library offers extended hours with bookable study rooms, AV rooms and computers, as well as photocopying, printing and scanning services. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Library. Facilities may vary throughout campus.

Medical Centres:

When a student is thousands of miles away from home in a foreign land, its highly reassuring to be able to access excellent medical facilities whenever required. That is exactly what Deakin offers. The University’s medical centres are meant for exclusive use by students and staff and have qualified doctors and nurses to extend management and treatment for general illnesses. Vaccinations, as well as blood, urine and other pathology tests can be conducted at the medical centres too. Counselling is free for both students and staff.

Sports and Gyms:

Sport is an integral part of the Deakin and study in Australia culture. Gyms, fitness classes, basketball courts and sports ovals with pavilions spread across Deakin’s various campuses. A new state-of-the-art Elite Sports Precinct has recently been launched at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. The University has two Sports programs - Elite Athlete Friendly University or EAFU program and DeakinACTIVE, designed to assist students manage their sporting and academic commitments and succeeding in both whilst leading a healthy lifestyle.

Career Planning:

DeakinTALENT, the University’s award winning Careers Service has a dedicated website that is a comprehensive platform to achieve career success through career coaching, resume reviews, workshops and programs. It currently has over 10,000 active students.

DeakinTALENT and GradConnection GlobalJOBS boards advertise both Australian and International work opportunities covering most career areas and industry sectors. One can search for internships, casual, part-time, as well as full-time roles. Industry Based Learning or IBL can be taken up to gain credit towards the course attended. This hands on approach to learning allows one to apply generic employability skills and capabilities in the area of major.

Deakin University also offers on-campus Bookshops, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Disability Services and Child Care.

In 2018 Deakin University was ranked among the top 1% of universities globally by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The QS and Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018 ranked Deakin in the Top 50 young universities in the world.

Deakin University Australia Ranking is an impressive 10th by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Deakin is Australia’s 11th ranked university for research in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2017.

Deakin University has the distinction of having the highest level of overall student satisfaction among universities in the State of Victoria for eight years running.

Both in 2016 and 2017, ARWU ranking of sports science schools ranked Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences as No.1 in the world. Deakin’s Master of Business Sport Management ranks 7th internationally and 1st in Australia in the Sports Business International’s Postgraduate Sports Ranking.

Various globally recognized Ranking organizations have ranked Deakin’s Nursing at 24th in the world and Education at 30th in the world.

In 2016 Deakin’s Online MBA emerged as No.1 in Victoria and 15th worldwide in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings.

The University has over 530 active partnerships in 57 countries supporting academic and research collaboration.

DeakinTALENT, the University’s innovative career services division won the National Award or AGRIA (Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Award) for the “Most Popular Careers Service in Australia” in 2017 and 2018.

International Student enrolment has grown a phenomenal 51% since 2013. India and China lead the way in student inflows to the University.

In 2017 Deakin’s Smart Campus strategy and program received the Digital Edge 50 Award for the second year, the only Australian university named in the list. The Award recognises 50 organisations worldwide for their excellence in digital transformation.

Deakin was the first Australian university to specialize in distance education.

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