24 Facts About Griffith University


Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland on the east coast of Australia.

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Formally founded in 1971, Griffith opened its doors in 1975, introducing Australia's first degrees in environmental science and Asian studies.

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Sir Samuel Griffith University played a major role in the Federation of Australia and was the principal author of the Australian constitution.

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Opening at Nathan as a single campus of 451 students, the Griffith University now has five campuses spanning three cities, the largest of which are the Gold Coast campus at Southport and the Nathan campus in Brisbane.

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Griffith University has about 50,000 students and offers a full suite of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in the areas of business and government, criminology and law, education, engineering and information technology, environment, planning and architecture, health, humanities and languages, music, science and aviation, and visual and creative arts.

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Since 2012, Griffith University has received more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other Australian university.

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Griffith University has many distinguished alumni and academic staff, including 2017 Australian of the Year Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM.

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On 5 March 1975, Griffith University began teaching 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science.

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Griffith University was an official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Griffith University's campuses are distinctive for their nature-based settings within urban environments.

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Griffith University is structured in four academic groups, with teaching offered through a range of schools, colleges and departments.

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Griffith University has several top ranking subjects according to the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022:.

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Griffith University MBA is ranked among Australia's leading MBA programs in CEO Magazine and its 2022 MBA Rankings.

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The Griffith University MBA is placed fourth in the top tier of Australian programs.

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Griffith University was awarded this ranking for its focus on responsible leadership, sustainable business practices and the Asia-Pacific.

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Since 2012, Griffith University has won 10 awards for Teaching Excellence, 7 awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, 46 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and 7 National Teaching Fellowships.

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Three Griffith University staff have been named the Prime Minister's Australian Teacher of the Year.

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Griffith University offers research commercialisation and services for business, industry and government through Griffith University Enterprise.

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In 2021, a research team led by the Griffith University discovered a new type of tree frog in New Guinea which is commonly known as the "chocolate frog".

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Griffith University has a wide array of cultural, intellectual, sporting and social groups.

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Uniquely, Griffith University students are represented by two statutory embedded student organisations.

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Griffith University formally fielded soccer teams within Football Gold Coast competitions.

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Griffith University has four residential colleges, with two located on its Nathan campus and one each on its Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses.

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The Taskforce and its working parties are working to ensure Griffith University's campuses provide safe, inclusive and respectful environments for all students and staff.

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