Macquarie University is an Australian public teaching and research university located in Sydney, with its main campus situated in Macquarie Park. Founded in 1964 by the New South Wales Government, it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. Macquarie’s 126 hectare park-like campus is an ideal setting in which to discover and learn. Our location within the high-technology corridor of Sydney’s north-west enables us to establish close relationships with some of the world’s most successful companies, many of whom are located in the University’s research park, and allows a collaborative approach to research and teaching to ensure Macquarie graduates are highly sought-after and command high starting salaries. It also provides our students with first class internship opportunities with world leading companies from a range of industries.
The university comprises four faculties, enrolling approximately 37,000 students and having 2,468 (full-time equivalent) academic and professional staff, making it the fourth largest University in Sydney. At present, the university offers 87 undergraduate courses and 124 different postgraduate courses to students. The university is governed by a 17-member Council.
Macquarie University also has the largest student exchange programme in Australia. The Academic Ranking of World Universities listed Macquarie as 7th among Australian Universities in its 2009 rankings. The university is also ranked among the national top five recipients of relative research income.
Also affiliated with the university are several research centres, schools and institutes including the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australian Proteome Analysis Facility, the Institute of Human Cognition and Brain Science, the Macquarie University Research Park and the Macquarie University Hospital.
Macquarie University’s linguistics department developed the Macquarie Dictionary, the copyright on which it still owns.
Macquarie has been consistently ranked in the top 10 Universities in Australia and among the top 200 Universities in the world by various sources. The current Vice-Chancellor of the university, Steven Schwartz, has outlined that one of the aims for Macquarie is to remain in the top 200 in the world and be in the top eight within Australia by 2014. Macquarie University showed a significant drop in the 2007 THES – QS World University Rankings (From 2010 two separate rankings will be produced by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings). The university has recently declined consistently in these rankings: of the top 200 universities, after being placed 67th in 2005, it ranked equal 168th in 2007, 182nd in 2008 and 189th in 2009.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2009 ranked Macquarie University as 7th in Australia (following University of Western Australia and UNSW), while the UK’s Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings published in October 2009 ranked Macquarie 9th in Australia (behind the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia).
According to the Good Universities Guide to Australian universities, starting salaries for Macquarie graduates have been ranked as the highest in Australia for ten consecutive years (1998–2007) and in 2009, the university received 5 star ratings in six different performance categories including non-government earnings, staff qualifications and toughness of admissions. Macquarie University teachers also have received numerous awards and citations from the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education since it was established in 2004. The university positions itself as being research intensive, and therefore also ranked among the national top five recipients of relative research income.
The Economist 2009 Full Time MBA rankings ranked the university’s Graduate School of Management at 55th in the world, 4th in the Asia-Pacific region and 2nd in Australia following Melbourne University’s Melbourne Business School.