Monash University is an Australian Public University in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. Monash is a member of Australia's Group of Eight.
Monash University was established by an Act of the State Parliament of Victoria in 1958. From its first intake of 347 students at Clayton on 13 March 1961, the university grew rapidly in size and student numbers so that by 1967, it had enrolled more than 21,000 students since its establishment. It was a major provider for international student places.
In 1988, Monash University had only one campus, Clayton, with around 15,000 students. Just over a decade later, it had 8 campuses (including 2 overseas), a European research and teaching centre, and more than 50,000 students, making it the largest and most internationalized Australian university. The Clayton campus covers an area over 1.1 km² and is the largest of the Monash campuses. The campus is also home to numerous restaurants and retail outlets; The campus is also home to a number of halls of residence, colleges and other on-campus accommodation that house several thousand students.
Monash is divided into 10 faculties. These incorporate the University's major departments of teaching and research centre’s. The faculties are:
- Faculty of Art & Design
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Business and Economics
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Information Technology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
- Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Faculty of Science
Various other academic organizations exist alongside the faculties and research centers. Monash College provides students with an alternative point of entry to Monash University. The institution offers pathway studies for students who Endeavour to undertake studies at one of Monash's campuses.
Currently Monash University has 39,000 undergraduates and 16,000 postgraduates’ student. For that strength university have more than 8,172 staff for the students.
The Good Universities Guide places the Clayton, Caulfield, Parkville and Peninsula campuses of Monash in the category of universities which are most difficult to gain admission to in Australia, with each campus receiving an Entry Standards mark of 5/5. Monash has the highest demand for places among high school graduates of any university in Victoria. Of the top 5% of high school graduates in Victoria, more choose Monash than any other institution.
The Monash Clayton campus was ranked number 1 in Australia for student experience by the National Union of Students of Australia in 2007. In life sciences and biomedicine, Monash was ranked 25th best in the world by Times Higher Education in 2009. The Monash MBA was ranked number 1 in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit in the category of "personal development and educational experience" The Monash Faculty of Business and Economics School was ranked number 1 in Australia by Webometrics in 2010.