Flinders University

Professor Colin Stirling

Vice Chancellor
Professor Colin Stirling

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In its 50 year history, Flinders University has made a substantial and distinctive contribution to higher education in South Australia. In recent years it has also achieved a prominent position as a leading education provider in the Northern Territory, particularly in the field of medicine.

Opened in 1966 Flinders University was named after British navigator Matthew Flinders and today teaches 26,000 students (including more than 4,100 international students), and is ranked among the top 2 per cent of Universities worldwide.

The University produces outstanding and entrepreneurial graduates across Education Humanities and Law, Science and Engineering, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The institution prides itself on embracing innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry, particularly at its state of the art teaching and research facility at Tonsley Park.

Flinders embraces research with real-world impact and has recently pointed a number of strategic research professors to drive innovation and collaboration between the University and industry locally, nationally and globally. Key areas of research expertise are biomedical and clinical sciences; culture, policy and society; health and human behaviour; molecular science and technology; water and environment.

A refreshed strategic plan, to be launched in 2016, sets an agenda for Flinders to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator at the forefront of contemporary education and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.