Established in 1964, Macquarie University was named by the governor of the Lachlan Macquarie, known as "The Father of Australia". Because of high quality teaching and research standards, it has got five-star certification in eight projects of QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS. Now Macquarie University ranks top 8 in Australia. It is one of the most enterprising universities in Australia, which has always been famous for excellent teaching and innovative spirit. As the first university in Australia to offer actuarial courses, Macquarie University enjoys a reputation in the world not only in business such as finance, actuarial and accounting, but also in humanities. The fact that its Phonetics ranking 31st and Psychology ranking 45th in the world also shows its strength in research.
The goal of Macquarie University is to become one of the top 8 research universities in Australia and ranks top 200 in the world in 2014 when the school is celebrating the 50th anniversary. According to statistics in 2012, there are about 37,000 students studying there, among which about 7,910 international students coming from 71 different countries, 2221 staff and 65% faculty members having doctorates, which is higher than the national average. The park-like North Ryde campus covers an area of 126 hectares, just 30 minutes drive from Sydney port in the northwest. One of the biggest shopping center in Sydney—Macquarie centre is adjacent to the campus. And it is not far from Microsoft, CISCO, Compaq, Honeywell, Oracle, SONY and other well-known multinational companies. The goal of Macquarie University is to become a famous university without borders in the world. It attaches great importance to developing students' global adaptability and tries to cultivate international talents for the twenty-first Century. Macquarie University has been recognized as the best practitioner in the internationalization of the curriculum. The university offers over 100 travel scholarships to encourage students to participate in exchange programs with foreign cooperative universities.
Besides international students studying at Macquarie University, many international students also study in Japan, Singapore, Hongkong and China.Many exchange students who come from other countries also choose to complete the courses of 1 to 2 semesters here.Macquarie University has more than 250 cooperative institutions in the world. There are many different exchange learning opportunities to choose from.For example, the master of Applied Finance in Tsinghua University was established in 2004 with Macquarie University. The students who choose this program would be taught by teachers in Macquarie University.
There are three major departments in Macquarie University: School of Business, School of Humanities and Social Science, and School of Science and Technology.The main disciplines has high reputation in the world, including Business, Economics and Finance, Management, Education, Linguistics and Psychology, Human Science, Law, Sociology, Culture Media, Laser Research, Environmental and Life Sciences, and Computer Science, etc.
The well-known programs include Business (Actuarial, Accounting, Finance, International Business, Marketing, etc.), Linguistics, Education, Environmental Engineering, Translation (TRANSLATING/INTERPRETING, TESOL), Mass Media, Hotel Management (ICMS) etc. The Accounting of Macquarie University ranks the first in Australia and has a good reputation. MBA program ranked 13th in the Asia Pacific region (2013 QS Business School Rankings). In addition, Actuarial Professional is one of the top 15 in the world.
Macquarie University has long been famous for its Accounting and Business courses.The the Graduate School of Accountancy and Business (GACC) offers a series of graduate courses related to the career needs of students, including Master of International Business, Master of Commerce in Accounting & Finance, Master of commerce in Business, Master of Commerce in Marketing, and Master of Commerce in Information System & Technology. Students who want to apply for GACC must have the degree which is equivalent to three years of undergraduate degrees in Australia. And the major is unlimited.The applicant's English level must reach IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580. As for students who apply for Master of International Business, Master of Commerce in Marketing, Master of Commerce in Business, and Master of Commerce in Information System &Technology, if they have not studied the relevant courses during their undergraduate studies, they will have to complete the preparatory courses for one semester and then take the postgraduate courses, in order to provide students with specialized knowledge base to facilitate their successful completion of graduate courses.
The curriculum setting in GACC is full of inspiration. GACC and Division of Information & Communication Sciences jointly established a new double degree to provide opportunity for students who desire to get this two degrees. Students can finish courses of Master of Commerce in Information System & Technology and Master of Information Technology only in one and a half years.
Characteristics of Macquarie University
The research and development park on campus has been praised by the national quality inspection and High Yield Alliance survey.Since 1998, Macquarie University has won 11 competitive national centers of excellence in the field of high-tech science based on new science. There are 9 National Research Centers in Macquarie University campus research park. The first Australian astrobiology research center affiliated to NASA is located there. It is also one of the only four similar centers in the world. In order to achieve the goal of becoming the famous university in the world, Macquarie University continues to strengthen in research, teaching, new buildings, new teaching facilities and other aspects of investment, updates the curriculum, also pays attention to the development of the industry and the mutual beneficial relationship. In order to strengthen the power in 17 dominant fields of research, the university employs world-class researchers every year, accounting for 40% of all staff. They are engaged in the research work in the fields from ancient history to climate change. The 17 highly regarded programs that Macquarie University owns include:Animal Behavior, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Evolution, Laser and Photonics, Social, Cultural and Political Changes, Ancient Civilization, Quantum Information Science and Cognitive Science, Defense, Climate Risk, Ecology and Evolution, the New Field of Molecular Biology, Radio Communication, Emotional Health, Social Issues, Legal Jurisdiction Right, Neuroscience, Vascular Surgery, Financial Risk, and Linguistics.
Macquarie University pays attention to training practical talents. The rate of employment of graduates and starting salary among universities in Australia is at the top level. 65% of the staff have a doctorate, the rate being higher than the average level in Australia. The School of Management (MGSM) is regarded as one of the top 40 Business Schools in the world by London "Finance Times". The courses for Master of Applied Finance have a great reputation, which is assessed as a 'model' course by Asian Development Bank. There are about 33,000 students studying in the university, of whom about 6100 are international students.While teaching academic knowledge, Macquarie University also gives more international and multicultural experience to enable students to adapt to the work environment without borders. With a degree in Macquarie University, students will also be able to be competitive in the world today because of their flexible learning style and Internet learning environment. Today graduates from Macquarie University are in the highest class in various industries. As an innovative university in Australia, Macquarie has always been proud of the outstanding academic achievements and high quality research, and has established dominant position in a variety of disciplines. "National Quality Observation" commented: The achievements of the University are attracting the attention of the national and international suppliers. The torch of Sydney and Athens Olympic Games is designed by Macquarie University. And Macquarie dictionary compiled by it is the national dictionary in Australia. Macquarie University is known as the most creative University in Australia, and provides students with practical opportunities together with many multinational companies.
Since 1998, Macquarie University has won 12 national Centers of Excellence. According to the number of citations (referring to the international standards of scientific and technological circles), the research and development park on campus has been strongly praised by the national quality inspection and high yield alliance survey. The research was carried out and commercialized by Radiata, a wireless broadband communications company, which is sold to customers like CISCO. Macquarie University also plays an important role in the development of Australia's Silicon Valley (the area between North Ryder and Northern Sydney). Students who have (Honours) Master's degree and doctoral degree can apply for an international research scholarship by the University's distinguished research centers.