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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.

Deakin has over 53,000 students, with almost a quarter 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 ranks 36 in the QS ranking of the world's universities under 50 years.

Deakin is now 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.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, 89% of Deakin's research was rated at or above world standard. Five of Deakin’s researchers were included in the Thomson Reuters annual listing of researchers most cited in academic journals, ranked in the top one per cent of researchers in their field.  The listed researchers are: Alfred Deakin Professors David Crawford, Jo Salmon, Kylie Ball and Associate Professor Anna Timperio, all from Deakin’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), and Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Berk, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT).

Deakin continues to be a sector leader for graduate satisfaction, first in Victoria for the sixth consecutive year in the Australian Graduate Survey (2010-15).

Deakin University was named Education and Training provider of the Year in the 2015 Governor of Victoria Export Awards.

Deakin at a Glance

Deakin at a Glance (PDF, 5.3 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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