Macquarie University

Macquire University’s History

Macquarie University was formally established as Sydney’s third University in the year 1964 to meet the spiralling demand for enrolments in the state of New South Wales. In just over 50 years, Macquarie has emerged as a significant educator both within Australia and overseas.

This world renowned public research University was named after Lachlan Macquarie, an important early governor of the colony of New South Wales. Today its home for 40,000 students and 2000 staff from the world over. 

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The original vision was to create a high-tech corridor that would act as a conduit between industry and the University. This has been achieved splendidly at the 126 hectare-campus, blessed with ample green open spaces that encourage the University community to think and grow. No wonder then that the University is uniquely located in the heart of what is today Australia’s largest high-tech precinct.

Being progressive and influential is at the core of the Macquarie ethos. This is exemplified through investments of over AUD 1 billion in modern facilities and infrastructure.

International students seeking internships, part-time and post-study job opportunities have access to more than 300 leading companies both on and in the vicinity of the thriving campus. Globally connected staff who have access to excellent research and innovation opportunities further enhance the prospects of industry connections that pave the way for that sparkling future career.

Macquarie University is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world as per the latest QS World University Rankings. Therefore, it is but quite natural that Macquarie graduates are highly sought-after in the professional world.

Macquarie University courses, many of which are accredited by peak professional bodies and designed in collaboration with industry, encompass a wide-range of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research degrees. Subject areas include accounting and finance; communication, cultural and media; Earth and marine sciences; education; English language and literature; geography; law; linguistics and psychology for which the University is well renowned.

The University’s research outputs are very high, leading to world leading research discoveries. This bold and innovative approach in achieving research excellence has translated in to 100% of the University’s research ranked ‘at world standard or above’.

With an eye towards the future, Macquarie University have developed five research priorities – healthy people, resilient societies, prosperous economies, secure planet and innovative technologies. This provides a focal point for the cross-disciplinary research approach that is at the centre of the University’s values.

For those with the urge to learn, but without the time to attend university courses on campus, it is also possible to study Macquarie (MQ) units via Open Universities Australia (OUA). Macquarie University online courses are flexible and offer subject areas to suit any interest.

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As an outstanding study in Australia educator, Macquarie University truly engages the world. It not only does so through its international community of staff and students, but by also presenting opportunities for student exchanges across more than 100 partner Universities in 40 plus countries.

The Macquarie University experience is highly enriching, where students are free to build their own interdisciplinary study program. Practical training and skills development initiatives help students get ready for the myriad of professional challenges that lie ahead in the real world.

For students choosing to study in Australia from Nepal, Macquarie University presents the opportunity to join a pioneering and inspired group of more than 164,000 alumni from some 140 countries. 

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Just as a progressive thinking University should have, Macquarie has world-leading facilities. These act as innovation hubs to unite their students and academics, researchers and partners in their perseverance to achieve extraordinary things.

Some of the University’s exceptional facilities include:

Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre:

The healthcare centre is Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit hospital on a university campus.

Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID):

Australia’s premier innovation hub is where Macquarie University connects with 180 large international and 200 small businesses. This vibrant technology park expects an additional 40,000 employees in the next decade – taking the total to 85,000. This influx of intellectual capital coupled with MPID’s new incubators, collision spaces and events programs will ensure a flourishing start-up ecosystem and enterprising innovation space.

Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub:

The Hub concentrates on the causes, effects, operations and motivations of cybercrime, and their implications for business, individual citizens and government.

Australian Hearing Hub:

Some of Australia’s best researchers and service providers to advance research, education and innovation into hearing and language disorders call this state-of-the-art facility home.

Apart from the above, the University also houses the following facilities:


Macquarie University offers both on and off campus accommodation, including Homestays and self-catering and fully catered, fully-furnished apartments. These unique living options provide ideal balance between academic and social lifestyle, ensuring that quintessentially study abroad Australia experience.

Food and Drinks:

Located directly opposite the Library, the Campus Common is the University’s food, beverage, entertainment and social precinct. A wide selection of fresh, delicious and nutritious food and drinks are available from a choice of juice bars, cafes and even carts.


This key facility houses over 1.8 million items and spans five levels. It remains open from 8am to 10pm from Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Library has every necessary support to help researchers build their research skills, conduct their research and manage their research data. Database trials and research output management and analysis services are also provided.

Computer Facilities:

• Book a Computer - There are 70 PCs available for booking 7 days in advance. This facility is located on level 2 of the Library. Multiple sessions are allowed per person, per day, but no session can last more than 2 hours.

• Laptop and iPad Loans - Macquarie University students can use the latest models of laptops and iPads that are available on 24-hour loan basis. Laptops are also available for 4-hour loan for University staff and students from a self-service kiosk on level 3.

• Laptop Lockers – Individual laptop lockers with charging points are available for 24 hours.

• Meditation Headbands – Macquarie University students and staff also have access to Muse Meditation headbands, that can be used for a maximum period of 16 weeks.

Postgraduate and Higher Degree Research Study Spaces:

These spaces are part of the Library featuring swipe card access, over 280 seats in total, Macquarie wireless network access, vending machines and free daily lockers.

Presentation Practice Pods:

There are 18 such Pods located on level 1 of the Library. These Pods are for study purpose only in groups of up to 10 people and in 2 hour blocks.

Quiet Rooms:

There are four Quiet Rooms that may be booked for individual study by Macquarie University students. Rooms can be booked up to 7 days in advance and be used for 2 hours per day maximum.

Sporting Facilities:

The University has various sport and fitness programs in which students can participate to help them lead healthy and active lives. Students can dive into the University’s Olympic-size swimming pool or sweat it out in the well-equipped Health Club.

Macquarie University has a distinctive track record of achievements over 54 years of its existence.

Ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.

In 2009 became Australia’s first Fair Trade accredited university.

In 2009 became the only university in Australia to get its own railway station.

In 2010 became the first University in Australia to have an on campus private, not-for-profit teaching Hospital.

In the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National report, 85% of the University’s broad fields of research was rates ‘at or above world standard’.•  Ranked in the top 3 universities in Australia for the number of peer reviewed publications produced per academic      staff member.

University researchers David Skellem and Neil Weste, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation helped develop Wi-Fi.

Regarded as the standard reference on Australian English, the Macquarie Dictionary was developed by the University’s linguistic department.

In 2013 became the first University in Australia to fully align its degree system with Europe’s Bologna Accord.

The World’s Most Influential Minds 2014 report by Thomson Reuters included four Macquarie University academics, which identified the most highly cited researchers of the last 11 years.

Macquarie may be the fourth largest university in Sydney by student population, but has the largest student exchange programme in Australia. Over 8000 students having benefitted from the life-changing experiences.

No.1 for Undergraduate employability in Sydney (QILT, 2017).

In the 2017 AFR Higher Ed Awards the University was named as having Australia’s best employability program.

In 2017 Macquarie University became the first university in the southern hemisphere to receive the Heiskell Award (by the Institute for International Education) for the University-funded, extracurricular initiative Global Leadership Program (GLP).

Among the nine museums and galleries on campus, the University’s sculpture park with close to 100 sculptures on display, is the largest park of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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