Our Universities

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of 6 comprehensive universities committed to inclusive excellence in teaching and research in Australia; Charles Darwin University, James Cook University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Flinders University and Murdoch University.

Work collectively, the IRU is at the constructive centre of Australian university policy making. We advocate policy that supports excellence in teaching, learning and research global applicability.

James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is one of the world’s leading universities focusing on the tropics, and is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

Since its proclamation as an independent university in 1970, the University has grown into a dynamic, comprehensive University, with its teaching and research focused on four themes:

  • Tropical Ecosystems and Environment
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • Peoples and Societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity

JCU is a world leader in marine biology and coral reef ecology, and its research profile includes internationally recognised work in tropical ecology and environments, geosciences, disaster management, tourism, Indigenous education and rural, remote and tropical medicine and health.

With its three main campuses located in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, JCU’s leadership in understanding and addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the tropical world has global impact.

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Professor Sandra Harding

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Griffith University

Created during the massive social upheaval of the 1970s, Griffith University has a 40-year history of future making, pioneering new disciplines and recognising and responding to new trends to meet the ever-changing needs of industry, government and communities around the world.

Today, Griffith is a leading university in the Asia–Pacific, ranking in the top five per cent of universities worldwide, featuring prominently in national teaching awards, and offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.

Griffith’s research strengths range from the creative arts, social sciences, and humanities to science, engineering and health. Griffith exhibits world-leading excellence in water science, criminology, health and chronic diseases, drug discovery, quantum physics, climate change adaptation, music, sustainable tourism and political science.

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Professor Ian O’Connor

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La Trobe University

We believe that higher education is transformative. It shapes people and transforms societies. Our purpose is and always has been to serve our communities for their social, economic and cultural benefit.

More than 167,000 students have graduated from La Trobe since we opened our doors in 1967. Among them are the CEOs of some of our most prominent organisations, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians. They are also nurses, teachers, journalists, engineers, artists and lawyers who have transformed lives, professions and communities.

To prepare our students for contemporary careers and to ensure that they play their part in resolving global challenges, we’ve made entrepreneurship, global citizenship and sustainability central to all our undergraduate courses. We call these three vital areas of learning the La Trobe Essentials.

Ours is a community that creates knowledge. Researchers at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science are looking for new ways to fight disease, while at the Centre for AgriBioscience we’re tackling climate change, drought and other threats to Australia’s agriculture. At the La Trobe Rural Health School, we’re improving health and wellbeing in rural and regional communities.

To ensure that we stay at the forefront of fields that are changing the world – molecular science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, health science and agricultural bioscience – we’ve recently invested more than $500 million in new centres of learning and research.

To solve global problems, you need a global perspective. So, we’ve formed partnerships with more than 150 institutions in 40 countries and we encourage our students to take part in overseas programs as part of their studies. We recently gave travel grants and scholarships to more than 800 students to study with partners like the National University of Singapore, Michigan State University and the University of Essex.

La Trobe is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria, with more than 7,000 student enrolments at our campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. Importantly, most of our students stay and work in their communities following graduation. To further improve regional participation in higher education we’ve partnered with Bendigo Bank to offer scholarships to regional students worth a total of $720,000 in 2015.

We are among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 (Times Higher Education 2014 rankings), we’re ranked 38 in the world for our subjects in history and in the top 100 for communication, media studies, linguistics and sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject). We are also Australia’s best university for research in microbiology and equal best in biochemistry and cell biology, and veterinary science.

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Professor John Dewar

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Flinders University

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.

 Vice Chancellor

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Professor Colin Stirling

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Murdoch University

Murdoch University helps people discover how to make a difference, through education and research endeavour.

It remains one of the most inclusive universities in the country, providing students with quality education and recognised academic standing within an engaging and caring environment.

Murdoch has a wide range of courses, with state-of-the art facilities such as a fully operational veterinary clinic, fully equipped TV and radio studios, and a world-class moot court. Its researchers work with industry to identify and tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Australia and the world in the 21st Century in fields such as water, renewable energy, agriculture and biotechnology, social justice and Asian politics, development and security.

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Professor Eeva Leinonen

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is the Northern Territory’s university, with 11 campuses and centres stretching from the tropical savannas in the north to the central desert area in the south, as well as centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

As a dual-sector university, CDU programs are among the most diverse in the country. Awards range from certificates through to doctorates, and education and training is delivered into more than 170 remote locations across the Territory.

CDU’s research activity, which is often carried out in partnership with other universities nationally and internationally, reflects the cultural and biological diversity of the Northern Territory. Areas of expertise include tropical knowledge, desert knowledge, Indigenous knowledge, and south-east Asian studies.

 Vice Chancellor

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Professor Simon Maddocks

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Website

www.cdu.edu.au

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