26 Facts About Macquarie University


Macquarie University is a public research university based in Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Macquarie Park.

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Macquarie University is the first in Australia to fully align its degree system with the Bologna Accord.

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Macquarie University was formally established in 1964 with the passage of the Macquarie University Act 1964 by the New South Wales parliament.

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The fledgling Macquarie University Council decided that planning for the campus would be done within the university, rather than by consultants, and this led to the establishment of the architect-planners office.

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Macquarie University first opened to students on 6 March 1967 with more students than anticipated.

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Between 1968 and 1969, enrolment at Macquarie University increased dramatically with an extra 1200 EFTS, with 100 new academic staff employed.

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Macquarie University grew during the seventies and eighties with rapid expansion in courses offered, student numbers and development of the site.

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MUSC was successful in engaging with the BLF again in 1974 when a woman at Macquarie University had her NSW Department of Education scholarship cancelled on the basis that she was a lesbian and therefore unfit to be a teacher.

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The Macquarie University Hospital is located to the north of the main campus area towards the university sports grounds.

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Macquarie University Observatory was originally constructed in 1978 as a research facility but, since 1997, has been accessible to the public through its Public Observing Program.

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Macquarie University Incubator is a space to research and develop ideas that can be commercialised.

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Macquarie University received $1 million grant from the New South Wales government to build the incubator.

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Macquarie University has two residential colleges on its campus, Dunmore Lang College and Robert Menzies College, both founded in 1972.

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Museums and collections of Macquarie University are extensive and include nine museums and galleries.

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Macquarie University has seven hectares of high quality playing fields for football, cricket and tennis.

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Macquarie University is served by Macquarie University station on the Sydney Metro Northwest.

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Access Macquarie Limited was established in 1989 as the commercial arm of the university.

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Macquarie University served as a pediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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Macquarie University has a research partnership with the University of Hamburg in Germany and Fudan University in China.

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Internationally, Macquarie University was ranked 239th in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities of 2014.

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Macquarie University was ranked among the top 50 universities in the world for linguistics, psychology and earth and marine sciences, and was ranked in the top 5 nationally for philosophy and earth and marine sciences, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

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Macquarie University ranked 67th in the world for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2015 Times Higher Education rankings by subject and 54th in the world for arts and humanities, according to the 2017 USNWR rankings by subject.

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Macquarie University was one of four non-Group of Eight universities ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in particular discipline areas.

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Macquarie University is the first Southern Hemisphere university to receive the award in its 17-year history.

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Macquarie University has its own community radio station on campus, 2SER FM.

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Macquarie University students celebrate Conception Day each year since 1969 to – according to legend – commemorate the date of conception of Lachlan Macquarie, as his birthday fell at the wrong time of year for a celebration.

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