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Our reputation and history

Learn about Deakin's history and how we've rapidly grown to become one of Australia's most respected and awarded universities.

Awards and achievements

Deakin is renowned for:

  • excellent teaching and innovative course delivery
  • a student-focussed culture
  • being accessible, helpful and friendly.

Deakin is a sector leader for student satisfaction, first in Victoria for the third consecutive year (Australian Graduate Survey).

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The rating indicates that the university is considered to be world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities, and is internationally renowned of its research and teaching faculty. Deakin is ranked 66 in the world in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Universities under 50 years of age rankings (2013).

Teaching awards and research success

Deakin regularly does well in national awards for teaching excellence.

Deakin has achieved considerable success in ARC and NHMRC grants and the Australian government's Excellence in Research (ERA) initiative has assessed much of Deakin's research as being either world-class or above world standards.

Read about our recent teaching awards and research success.

Deakin's history

Established in 1974, Deakin was Victoria's fourth university and the first in regional Victoria.

Deakin has been strengthened by a series of successful mergers with strong partners, each of whom has contributed significantly to our character and approach.

Today, Deakin operates in a global, connected world with the digital economy influencing every aspect of our activities.

Read more about Deakin's history.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Deakin started life as a small regional university, but has now become one of Australia's major universities, with high-tech facilities and impressive architecture.

Deakin facts and statistics

Deakin is Australia's 9th largest university with over 44,000 students, of whom approximately a fifth are international students from over 100 countries.

  • We have more than 8,000 international students from over 100 different countries
  • 40% of our domestic students, and 28% of our international students, are mature age (25 or older)
  • 23% of our domestic students come from regional and remote areas 
  • 2% of our students are indigenous (the largest number of indigenous students at any Victorian University)
  • Deakin employs more than 3,600 staff.

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Deakin at a Glance 2012

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