We're not only worldly, we're world-class. Deakin University is the proud recipient of QS 5 star rating for excellence in 2013.

Our reputation and history

Through its agenda LIVE the future, Deakin aims to build the jobs of the future, using the opportunities of the digital age to widen access to education and make a difference to the communities it serves.

Deakin enjoys a reputation for being accessible, helpful and friendly. It has a longstanding record for its use of cutting-edge information technology while providing highly personalised experiences, whether in the cloud on Deakin's media-rich campuses or through a combination of cloud and campus learning.

Deakin has over 50,000 students, with a third choosing to study wholly in the cloud (online).


A five-star university

Deakin was awarded a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS); the rating indicates Deakin is world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. 

The 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) placed Deakin University among the top 400 universities in the world.  The ranking compares the research impact of thousands of academic institutions worldwide and has a particular focus on science.  For a young university like Deakin which researches across a full range of disciplines and has strong focus on teaching excellence, the ranking reflects Deakin's ongoing commitment to growing world leading research.

Burwood campus street view

Deakin is in the top 50 of the QS ranking of the world's universities under 50 years and ranks 45 in the 2015 Times Higher Education ranking of the top100 universities under 50 years.

Deakin is now in the top 3% of the world's universities in each of the three major international rankings including the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings.

Deakin continues to be a sector leader for graduate satisfaction, first in Victoria for the fifth consecutive year in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010-14).

In the 2014 Victorian International Education Awards, Deakin received the Premier's Award for International Education Provider of the Year. It also received Awards for Excellence in Education (University) and Excellence in International Education (Student Employability and Careers).


Deakin at a Glance

Deakin at a Glance (PDF, 1.0 MB)  provides a snapshot of Deakin's vision for research, teaching  and community engagement. It includes key statistics and information on the Deakin story nationally and internationally.


Deakin's history

Established in 1974, Deakin was Victoria's fourth university and the first in regional Victoria. In 2014 Deakin celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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. 

Deakin's interactive timeline tells the Deakin story from 1974 through to Deakin today.

1970s Waurn Ponds campus

Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus in the 1970s.

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