Professor Richard Higgott
Murdoch University is a research-led university with a reputation for world class research in select areas of knowledge.
Our researchers engage with significant social and scientific challenges of our time that include climate change, food security and production, infectious diseases, mental health, politics and governance - past and present. Additionally, we have a reputation for excellence in teaching fuelled by our enthusiasm for research, the creation of new knowledge and its dissemination for the benefit of our communities both locally and abroad.
We are recognised as one of Australia's leading research institutions with over two thirds of our research effort being recognised as at world standard or better by independent assessors in the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research Assessment (ERA).
There is excellence to be found in all parts of the University but there are particular strengths and critical mass in Medical & Health Sciences, Agriculture & Biotechnology, Physical Chemistry, Veterinary & Fisheries Science, Bioinformatics, Asian Politics & Governance and Digital & Printed Media.
In 2012 Murdoch was one of only two Western Australian Universities to be listed in the 2012-2013 `Top 400' of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and also placed in the top five per cent of universities globally in the 2012-2013 QS World University's World Rankings.
Murdoch University is also a member of the Innovative Research Universities group of Australia - a collection of young, vibrant research universities created in the 1970s.
Located just 14 minutes by train from the centre of the Western Australian state capital of Perth, and eight kilometres east of the port city of Fremantle, the flagship Murdoch University South Street campus is the largest university campus in Australia and the peaceful bushland setting makes it one of the most beautiful.
The campus is also adjacent to a new activity precinct which encompasses the new Fiona Stanley and the St John of God Hospitals. It is a unique Australian community precinct with exciting opportunities for both the University and for partnerships with the state government and others. Murdoch's distinctive research and teaching expertise will be leveraged to provide a vibrant and unique Australia resource.
Western Australia is famous for its long days of sunshine, beautiful blue skies and brilliant beaches, and Murdoch University is perfectly placed to take advantage of these natural features.
Murdoch University also has two satellite Western Australian campuses in the Cities of Rockingham and Peel, in addition to International Study Centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai.