Deakin University is an Australian public university with nearly 40,000 higher education students in 2010. In 2009, its academics authored 33 books, 233 refereed conference papers, and 705 refereed journal papers.
Deakin University was established in the 1970s as one of the new generation of Australian universities. Named after Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister, Deakin combines a university’s traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses. Deakin has won several awards for its teaching and learning excellence – testament to its excellent facilities, flexible study options and courses which are informed by industry professionals.
Deakin has won the prestigious Australian University of the Year award twice. The first award came in 1995-1996 for “Outstanding Technology in Education” in which the then Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating presented Deakin with the award and commended it on its success despite its lack of “sandstones” referring to its short period of existence as a university.
In 1999, Deakin won its second award when it tied with the University of Wollongong to win the 1999-2000 prize. Deakin’s success was for its “Outstanding Education and Training Partnerships”. In presenting the award, the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello commended Deakin and Wollongong in stating: “These are two great institutions. They are the best of the best at what they do”.
Deakin was also commended with seven Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards.
Deakin is one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities. Its combined research funding had increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$35 million in 2010. In its 2010 allocations, the Australian Research Council awarded Deakin 13 Discovery and 10 Linkage Round 1 awards. The wins placed Deakin 16th in the number of Discovery Grants awarded and equal 6th in the number of Linkage grants awarded amongst Australian Universities.
It has developed meaningful, reciprocal research and educational partnerships in India with the official opening of the Deakin India Research Institute (DIRI) in Hyderabad and more than 50 other Indian research partners.
In 2009, the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) awarded Deakin’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (International) courses the maximum score of five stars, placing them in the top rank of Australia’s MBA courses.
In 2007, the list of the top ranked universities in The Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings was expanded to 400 institutions worldwide. In this ranking, Deakin University was placed for the first time at equal 374th. In 2009, THES and QS split to conduct their own rankings from 2010. In 2009, the Russian Global University Ranking ranked the world’s top 500 universities. Each university was placed into one of five bands. Deakin was placed in the third band (201-300) with a ranking of 283-284.