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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.


A five-star university

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 for its research and teaching.

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Deakin is in the top 3% of the world's universities in each of the three major international rankings – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education and QS world university rankings

Deakin is ranked 59 in the world in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Universities under 50 years of age rankings (2014).

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

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 at a Glance 2013

Deakin today has over 47,000 students of whom 17% are international students from over 127 countries.  13% of Deakin's students study wholly 'in the cloud'.

Deakin at a Glance 2013 contains information about Deakin University's student enrolments, graduate outcomes and research performance.

Deakin at a Glance 2013

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Deakin's history

Established in 1974, Deakin was Victoria's fourth university and the first in regional Victoria. In 2014 Deakin celebrates 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.

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1970s Waurn Ponds campus

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

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