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About Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a long-established Western
Australian provider of higher education that traces its origins back
to 1902. Since gaining university status in 1991, ECU has
developed a profile of practical undergraduate education and
fostered community and research partnerships. ECU has more
than 26,000 students, including a sizeable cohort of international
students from over 100 different countries.
The university has metropolitan campuses in Mount Lawley
and Joondalup, and also serves the state’s South West region
through a campus in Bunbury, 200 kilometres south of Perth. The
Joondalup campus is around 25 kilometres from the Perth CBD
and forms part of the Joondalup Learning Precinct, alongside the
West Coast Institute of Training and the Western Australia Police
Academy. It is the main base for students of arts, business,
communications, engineering, health and medical sciences, law,
natural sciences, nursing, psychology, sports science, social
science and teacher education. With its striking and innovative
architecture of timber and steel, the Chancellery Building is an
iconic focal point.
The Mount Lawley campus, close to Perth’s CBD, has a
state-of-the-art business and law building and houses the highly
competitive and well-respected Western Australian Academy of
Performing Arts (WAAPA). Mount Lawley also offers courses in
areas such as arts, business, communications, computing,
creative industries and teacher education. Two hours south of
Perth, at Bunbury, the South West campus is part of an
educational precinct that encompasses the South West Regional
College of TAFE, Manea Senior College and two hospitals.
ECU offers courses through four faculties: the Faculty of
Business and Law; the Faculty of Health, Engineering and
Science; the Faculty of Education and Arts, which includes
WAAPA; and the Faculty of Regional Professional Studies, which
operates from the South West campus. ECU offers a number of
innovative and distinctive undergraduate degrees and
specialisations, including its bachelor of counter terrorism
security and intelligence, bachelor of technology (motorsports)
and bachelor of science (cyber security). The university has a
strong record of equipping students for the service professions
such as education and nursing, with a large cohort also studying
ECU is committed to reducing barriers to
education and considers itself a pioneer in
the development of alternative entry
pathways to higher education.
Community engagement is another of ECU’s main strategic
priorities, and this has resulted in partnerships that provide
students with practical experience. Real-world experience is also
available through practical projects and competitions, industry
placements and visits from guest speakers. The university also
works with industry and professional bodies to ensure courses
have a strong focus on industry requirements.
ECU is committed to reducing barriers to education and
considers itself a pioneer in the development of alternative entry
pathways to higher education. The Portfolio Pathway program
provides alternative entry into ECU, assessing applicants’ ability
to succeed in higher education based on a portfolio of evidence
that includes experiences and qualifications. Preparation
courses are also available, including the University Preparation
Courses (UPC) and the Indigenous University Orientation Course
(IUOC). Each preparation course can be completed in a single
semester, either on campus or online.
Notable graduates include actor Hugh Jackman; theatre
performer Lucy Durack; WA Department of Education and
Training director-general Sharyn O’Neill; actor and musician
Eddie Perfect; Wyllie Group executive director Melissa Karlson;
and BHP chief financial officer Graham Kerr.
How the fields of study rate and compare
FIELD OF STUDY
GETTING A FULL-TIME
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
Business and mngt
Computing and IT
Education and training
Engineering and tech.
Health services and supp.
Humanities and soc sc.
For an explanation of this table, see page 429.
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