Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a coalition of eight comprehensive universities committed to inclusive excellence in teaching, learning and research in Australia.

Our membership is Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, University of Canberra and Western Sydney University.

Map of IRU member universitiesThe members’ commitment and impact is both local and global with a focus on advancing communities through education, resources, opportunities, translational research and enterprise.

Through its members working collectively, the IRU seeks to be at the constructive centre of Australian university policy making, influencing political developments beyond individual university capacities to do so.

The IRU members’ research focus is on the translation and commercialisation of research on issues of critical importance to the communities in which they are based and addressing problems of national and global scale. Over time our members have developed their own particular research strengths, with multiple areas of research at and well above world standard.

As an outward-looking network the IRU seeks to strengthen Australia’s integration with the countries of Asia.

What IRU members do

Increase university participation

Address local and regional challenges

IRU universities teach 238,502 students and graduate disproportionately high numbers of SES, regional and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. IRU universities are the lifeblood of the communities where they are based, providing a full university experience in regional towns.

Facilitate high quality problem-centred research

Build partnerships with Asia

IRU universities undertake excellent research and find solutions to real-life problems in Australia and around the world. IRU members are at the forefront of knowledge and cultural exchange with Asia, offering study and in-country experiences with many Asian countries.