101 reasons to choose ECU
From world class teaching and an exciting lifestyle to our iconic “Iron Throne” entry, here are 101 reasons you should study at ECU Australia.
Discover all the reasons
Ever wondered what your Australian study journey will look like? Become world ready with all the amazing opportunities and experiences on offer at ECU in Western Australia. Explore some of the reasons why you’ll love studying at ECU below, or use the filters to refine your search. More content will be added over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back.
We understand that the traditional classroom is not the only way to learn. As a student at ECU you will have the opportunity to get out into the field and put your skills into practice in the real world.;
YOU CAN KEEP YOUR STUDY PLANS ON TRACK
You don’t need to wait until you can travel to Perth to begin your Australian study experience. You can start a wide range of courses online and continue your studies in Perth when travel restrictions are lifted. ECU has created an online study environment that is supportive, engaging and fun. Check out the video hear from our international students about their online study experience.;
ECU will make you feel welcome
The United Nations of ECU. Beginning with your first day of orientation, you will meet students from Australia and around the world who will make you feel welcome. We encourage you to attend Student Guild events to widen your networks further. Join a club, catch a movie and have your first Aussie BBQ with your new mates.
ECU respects the Nyoongar people, the traditional custodians of the land on which our campuses are built. Through the work of Kurongkurl Katitjin, our Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, you can experience the wonders of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world.
YOU CAN LEARN CYBER SECURITY FROM INTERPOL EXPERTS
ECU has Australia’s largest cyber security research and education program. Two of our academic staff are also members of Interpol’s Cyber Crime Expert Group. Think you can hack it? Cyber Security is a booming industry. Research predicts that the growing gap between available qualified cyber security professionals and unfulfilled positions will reach 1.8 million globally by 2022. So our cyber security courses are a great career choice!
SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
ECU’s World Ready Scholarships and bursaries provide students with financial assistance as they gain world-class education at a university renowned for its teaching quality. Visit the website to find out what you might be eligible for.
We have the world’s biggest periodic table
ECU’s new $50 million Science Building features the world’s biggest permanent periodic table, a 662 square metre testament to one of science’s most important and iconic achievements.;
Picturesque beaches. Ancient gorges. Pristine reefs. Unique wildflowers. Breathtaking landscapes. The happiest marsupial in the world. Western Australia is brimming with natural wonder and experiences you cannot find anywhere else.;
ON CAMPUS HEALTH SERVICES
To achieve your best, you need to be in a sound mental and physical health. ECU provides all students with access to on campus health services and as counselling services to assist students to reach their full potential.
HAVE A REAL LIFE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Our home is a booming hospitality hotbed, with global heavyweights recently expanding to Perth. In 2019-2020 alone Ritz-Carlton, Westin, Intercontinental and DoubleTree Hilton have opened in properties in Perth. ECU’s Tourism and Hospitality students have the prime opportunity to gain valuable industry experience as part of ECU’s Work Integrated Learning.;
WE’RE IN THE TOP 2.5% OF UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD
ECU has been ranked among the top 500 young universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021: an annual list of more than 1,000 top universities, ranked for their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. This ranking places ECU in the top 2.5% of universities in the world.;
A WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM ON OUR DOORSTEP
Perth is not just about blue skies and sun-filled outdoor lifestyle – it is also a thriving hub of art and culture. The latest addition is the impressive WA Museum Boola Bardip, which means “many stories” in the local Whadjuk Nyoongar language. This brand-new museum showcases The Best of the West: our people, traditions, nature, innovations, art and much more.
A CAMPUS IN LONELY PLANET’S #1 TRAVEL DESTINATION IN ASIA-PACIFIC
Adding to the lure of Margaret River and South-West Australia is our South West Campus, which is at the centre of education and health in the region.
Located in Bunbury, you can study a wide range of courses developed with leading industry relevance, all in one of the most picturesque regions of the state.
At ECU’s weekly International Café you can hear from international students who have been in your shoes. Discover study tips, learn about some of the the best hidden spots around Perth and hear from exciting guest speakers. You can also join the Virtual Connect group from anywhere in the world.
JOIN OTHER BRIGHT MINDS AT ENACTUS ECU
Enactus is global student organisation dedicated to inspiring University students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Make a change by joining Enactus ECU to build your entrepreneurial skills with your team by working on economic, social and environmental community projects. Your team will get to compete at Enactus Australia National Conference and Championships, and might have the chance to represent Australia at the Enactus World Cup. It’s challenging, fun, and rewarding!
Internationally recognised degrees
ECU degrees are recognised nationally and internationally because of our rigorous accreditation procedures, and consultation with professional and vocational groups. Many of our courses are professionally accredited, opening up doors to graduate jobs around the world.;
GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE WITH OUR WORLD CLASS FACILITIES
From TV studios, to race car workshops, to hospital wards; at ECU you’ll have the chance to combine theory with practice and get hands-on experience using a variety of industry-standard equipment. It’s all in the name of giving you the confidence and skills to succeed after you graduate – whether that’s further study or a career.
ECU is the first university in the world to acquire its very own Spiegeltent!
Spiegeltent is Dutch for ‘mirror tent’ due to the hand-made architecture of wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass, with intricate detailing in velvet and brocade.
This unique space hosts WAAPA events throughout the year on our Mount Lawley Campus and throughout the Fringe Festival is used as a performance venue.;
Get help with your studies
One of the most important things you’ll learn at university is how to learn. This applies not only to the course you have selected but it’s also about developing the ability to analyze, think critically and problem-solve. These are skills you’ll take into every job, career, or business venture as an ECU graduate.
Some of the many ways ECU can help you:
-Peer mentors and an international buddy program
– Workshops for improving your math, science and English skills
– 24/7 writing support through our partner company, Studiosity
LIVE & WORK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA AFTER GRADUATION
International students in Australia benefit from Post-Study Work Rights (PSWR) after graduation, with duration depending on the level of the qualification. Perth is classified as a “regional major city”, meaning that ECU graduates get one additional year of PSWR. Students who graduate from ECU South West campus receive an additional two years of PSWR.
There are many ways you can get into your dream course at ECU, such as studying at Edith Cowan College (ECC). See how studying at ECC can help you with entry into ECU here;
WA is huge! It is larger than Japan, Kenya, Germany, Pakistan and Malaysia combined. This big state also offers big wow moments. Take a road trip of a lifetime along the coast to experience pristine beaches, coral reefs, ancient gorges and the red desert.
Check out a video by Mario, ECU Study Abroad student from Germany for some of his WA highlights.;
BE A PARAMEDIC IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Virtual reality is not just used for gaming at ECU. As a paramedic student, you can use VR technology to immerse yourself in simulated natural disasters, helping to be as prepared as possible to deal with large scale events.;
Access to the latest technology
From 3D printers that can produce fully functional complex metal parts from design to production within 72 hours to using VR technology to explore the use of high-fidelity virtual puppet avatars for interviewing human subjects with potential application in counselling, recruitment, criminal investigations and even dating, students at ECU have access to the latest technology during their studies to ensure they graduate World Ready.;
You can help save lives
Our undergraduate Paramedical Science degree is the only fully-accredited course of its kind in Western Australia while our School of Nursing and Midwifery is WA’s largest nursing program. We have facilities that are the envy of other universities, with demonstration wards that are as close as you can get to the real thing – until you start your practical work in one of Western Australia’s major hospitals.;
Our WA Screen Academy is one of Australia’s most innovative and outstanding advanced-level training programs in screen production. Working with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, you can create unique stories in a range of formats including short films, documentaries, client-based productions and web-series.
you can start your study anywhere in the world
With current international mobility challenges due to COVID-19, we have pivoted to provide online learning opportunities for our most in-demand courses to international students who don’t want to stall their study ambitions.
At ECU, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and encourage the achievement of a sustainable community and learning environment. We encourage you to dispose of waste thoughtfully and there is access to many free filtered water points throughout our campuses to refill your water bottle throughout the day.
Sharebikes are available for rental should you wish to zip through our campus in Joondalup, or perhaps bike across to the shops and train station faster.;
YOU CAN BUILD A REAL RACE CAR
Vroom vroom! Designing, building and driving a race car…just another day our students in award-winning Bachelor of Technology (Motorsports) course.
Watson, the Paramedic Wellness dog, is a friendly face that you may encounter on our Joondalup campus. Check out the very good boy on his Insta @watsononyourmind.;
Situated among the pine trees on our Joondalup campus, the festoon lights above and a lake and landscaped surrounds, ECU Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema offers students and the wider community an opportunity to view blockbuster and family friendly films in a unique setting during the warm summer nights.
Hire a bean bag, bring your own picnic rug and chairs, or relax in our deckchair-style seating. You can also purchase food and drinks from our candy bar.
Gain experience with internships & industry engagement
Our strong partnerships with industry informs teaching and learning content at ECU, ensuring our students graduate with world ready knowledge. Many courses incorporate internships and professional placements for you to put this knowledge into practice even before graduation, helping you to stand out from the crowd.
Create good in the world with volunteering opportunities
From internal volunteering opportunities at ECU where you can help first year international students, to volunteering in events, conservation and eco, sports, arts and community and welfare volunteering – ECU students can register at the Volunteer Hub to grow and build employability skills whilst studying. Research by the online jobs website Seek found 95 per cent of employers rate volunteering positively – put yourself out there and see what happens!
There is more to Australian wildlife than the iconic kangaroo or koala. You can even see some on campus, like the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, which is native to Western Australia.;
We taught Wolverine
Hugh Jackman is just one of the stars of stage and screen who had their launchpad at ECU. Will you be the next to add your star to the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
Recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) provides the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia.
GET FIT ON CAMPUS
With ECU’s modern on-campus Fitness Centres, there’s no excuse for skipping exercise. You have access to gyms with the latest equipment, as well as a range of classes ranging from yoga to pilates to indoor cycling – and much more.
P.S. If Exercise and Sports Science is your passion, why not study it at ECU? We’ve been ranked top 25 worldwide in Sports Science (ShanghaiRankings 2020);
WE STAND PROUDLY WITH THE LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITY
ECU is proud to support and celebrate our LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer or Questioning) community members and acknowledge their contributions to making ECU the diverse and vibrant community that it is. Learn more about ECU’s ALLY Network and other pride related initiatives.
Photo credit: Fair Day 2019. Photographer – Luke Riley. Supplied by Pride WA.;
From catwalks to the theatre, develop a creative, reflexive and sustainable approach to garment design and construction by studying a Fashion major within the Bachelor of Design.
Ranked in the top 175 worldwide, ECU’s School of Engineering teaches courses that are developed in close consultation with industry. It’s a place where you’ll gain hands-on experience in world-class engineering facilities in a supportive learning environment, along with up to 12 weeks practical work experience in the engineering industry.;
ECU is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Security Operations Centre within a university. In this cutting edge facility you will gain first-hand experience monitoring, detecting and responding to cyber security incidents.
Research says that a short nap of 10-20minutes can have restorative benefits, so we encourage our students to slip in a power nap during your study break, and get cosy in one of our sleeping pods around campus.;
You can learn about all aspects of TV and radio broadcasting in the special facilities located on our Mount Lawley Campus. From script writing to stage management to audio production, work together with other students and industry leaders during your studies.
WE SET OUR STUDENTS UP WITH INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS
Through an integrated learning experience, we strive to help students make, understand, and articulate connections between learning, life-wide experiences, and work. Providing an integrated student learning experience requires teaching staff participation, industry involvement, and student commitment.
AUSTRALIA’S TOP UNI FOR UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT
In 2020, ECU is Australia’s top public university for undergraduate skills development in Business and Management, based on the 2020 QILT discipline ratings.
QILT results are based on hundreds of thousands of surveys completed by students from the 41 universities across Australia, both public and private.
Over 85% of ECU students surveyed rated the quality of the teaching they received positively.
Our campuses are conveniently located along major transport hubs, including bus routes and train stations, making it simple and quick to get to your classes. It is also incredibly affordable.
As an international student studying at our metropolitan Perth or Mount Lawley campuses, you are eligible for a 40% discount on public transport!
MULTIFAITH OFFICE & PRAYER SPACES
Acknowledging the needs of our diverse and multicultural population on our campuses, the Multifaith office was established to assist and support your spirituality, to provide care, and foster a sense of community at ECU.
You can also find on-campus facilities for prayer rooms, such as:
– A multi-faith reflection room at Joondalup & Mount Lawley campuses
– Mussallahs at both Joondalup and Mount Lawley campuses, with separate male and female facilities
– A chapel located at the Police Academy (opposite our Joondalup campus), available as a spiritual space for reflection and prayer.
All three of our campuses have been thoughtfully blended into the local environment which is unique to each location. Large trees provide shade and provide a contemplative and cooling space, and the local fauna may join you in chilling out. Nestled up in the pine trees of our Joondalup Campus you may also discover the original cottage of our namesake, Edith Cowan.
A unique hybrid teaching space, our Moot Court provides an opportunity to develop professional skills in a simulated legal environment. You will be able to participate in mock trials, witness examination and cross examination simulations.
We offer extra services to our students
– Student run tax clinic – check!
– IT support- check!
– Study assistance – check!
– Mental health services – check!
– Career counselling, job seeking coaching, interview clinics and resume reviews – check!
Here at ECU, we want you to succeed and try to support you in all facets of your student life.
SOLVE CRIME IN OUR FORENSICS SIMULATION CENTRE
Making full use of our world-class, purpose-built Health Simulation Centre, you can conduct your very own crime scene investigation. Will you be able to solve the case?
Choose the forensic science major and gain practical experience as close as you can get to real-world investigations.
SUNSETS THAT ARE SECOND TO NONE
Instagram alert! Along thousands of kilometres of pristine beaches up and down the West Australian coast, meet your friends for an evening picnic and witness the kaleidoscope of sunset colours over the Indian Ocean.;
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Engineering embarked on several projects for the design and manufacture of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) that were in short supply in the market, with the aim of donating them to frontline health workers.
The School of Engineering is a strong advocate of local manufacturing, and through the research, design and production of a variety of products at ECU we endeavour to demonstrate that Australian manufacturing can be competitive in price, quality and style.
Perth’s network of cycling tracks is arguably among the very best in the world. Safe, paved and signposted, they are like “mini highways” with scenic routes. One of our favourite tracks is the Three Bridges Loop along Swan River. You’ll be guaranteed to spot Perth’s iconic black swans along your ride, and if you’re lucky, even a pod of dolphins!;
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts provides the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. Our world-class staff, working in state-of-the-art performance and teaching facilities, provide rigorous and specialised training of the highest order to develop graduates who are recognised internationally.
WE’RE ONE OF THE TOP 100 YOUNG UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD
ECU has been ranked in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Young Universities Rankings 2020. Young universities were measured on their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
OUR WORLD CLASS HEALTH SIMULATION CENTRE
ECU’s Health Simulation Centre is a world-class, purpose-built facility, based at our beautiful Joondalup Campus.
The Centre delivers high quality simulation training and pursues a thriving research program – with a focus upon improving patient safety and clinical outcomes. Our Health Simulation Centre employs Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (ISL) to help professionals improve their individual and teamwork skills, and their knowledge and performance.
The Health Simulation Centre is situated within our School of Medical and Health Sciences, which offers a range of medical and allied health courses such as nursing, public health, nutrition and biomedical science.
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT TEAM
We recognise that there are many changes rapidly occurring in your lives and study commitments. ECU students have a range of services, resources and information to assist through the transformation from guidance on living in Australia and visa compliance to mental and physical health and wellbeing, from study support to finding employment, we are here to help you through your student journey.
Rottnest Island is Perth’s favourite playground. A short ferry ride off the coast, it is a popular day trip or weekend getaway for many of our students. With 63 jaw-droppingly pristine beaches (best experienced on a bicycle), your biggest stress will be which one to choose. The island is also home to the quokka, a unique marsupial found only on Rottnest. These cute and friendly natives have become social media superstars, with celebrities like Shawn Mendes and Chris Hemsworth snapping their very own “Quokka Selfies” – are you ready for yours?
RANKED #1 PUBLIC UNI IN AUSTRALIA FOR TEACHING QUALITY
For the 6th year in a row, ECU received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all public universities in Australia.
QILT results are based on hundreds of thousands of surveys completed by students from the 41 universities across Australia, both public and private. Over 87% of ECU students surveyed rated the quality of the teaching they received positively.
ECU was also the top-ranked Australian public university for undergraduate skills development (now seven years in a row) and learning resources, student support and overall educational experience.
The University also received the thumbs up from international students, who rated ECU the top university for undergraduate international students’ Overall Experience.
Gateway to the world
Located in Australia’s westernmost capital city, Perth, is in the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population making it easier to stay in touch with friends and family back home!
It’s also incredibly easy to explore the world from out backyard -we are less than 4 hours to Bali, 5 hours to Singapore and a direct flight to London – where will you travel to next?;
A new ECU research centre is one of only 11 worldwide to be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to study the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and illness. ECU will work with national and international sports bodies to translate elite-level research into practical advancements for sport and public health.;
In the 2020 ShanghaiRanking, the oldest known global university ranking, ECU Nursing was ranked in the top 100 in the world.
ECU prepares more nursing and midwifery students for careers in health than any other WA university. Here, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities featuring simulated practice areas for scenario-based learning, and practicum placements with many healthcare providers.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS WITH LEARNING ABROAD
From a sustainability project in Bhutan, to an environmental science internship in Romania, or even a paramedic placement in Bali, there are many opportunities to study overseas as part of your ECU degree.
Why not add a third country to your list?
THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY INTO ECU
If you don’t meet direct entry to ECU, don’t worry. You may be able to get into ECU through our alternative pathways such as the on-campus pathway college Edith Cowan College (ECC) or other English schools and vocational colleges.
COMING IN 2025: ECU CITY CAMPUS
The campus of the future where technology, industry and creativity meet: ECU City Campus, due to open for Semester 1, 2025, is set to transform the heart of Perth. ECU City Campus will deliver courses at the nexus of creative and performing arts, business and law and emerging technologies. View the City Campus webpage to keep up to date.
OUR INNOVATIVE CANCER SUPPORT CLINIC
ECU’s Exercise Medicine Institute is conducting groundbreaking research into the treatment of cancer, and in aiding recovery for cancer survivors. Bringing together a multifaceted approach between clinical patient care, exercise medicine and health interventions they are achieving practical outcomes to benefit patients.;
OUR AWARD-WINNING PEER TO PEER SUPPORT SERVICE
We want to see you succeed in your studies, and sometimes the best help can come from other students.
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are a super-charged study group which will help you connect with classmates, build your understanding of course content and help to improve your academic performance.
ENJOY THE SUNNIEST MAJOR CITY IN AUSTRALIA
With 262 sunny or partially sunny days per year, Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia. Our climate is similar to Southern California or Mediterranean Spain – meaning year-round outdoor lifestyle.;
A REAL LIFE TRADING DESK
ECU Business students may try to tap into their ‘inner Wolf’ (of Wall Street) when learning in the Securities & Markets Analytics, Research and Teaching (SMART) Lab. You will have access to real-time, global financial markets data and dual screen terminals with Bloomberg Professional software – globally recognised and widely used by industry practitioners.
Recharge your batteries for a cool career.
With the commercial use of robotics growing in many industries, our advanced robotic and autonomous systems labs will provide you with the practical experience to use these technologies to their full potential.
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE SPORT
Australian Football League (AFL) is an Aussie iconic sport and engrained within Aussie culture. With the roots of the game traced back to the Indigenous game Marn Grook, at first glance it looks like an unusual combination of football (soccer), Gaelic football and rugby. You can catch a game with friends during winter where support in WA is generally split between the ECU sponsored WA champions, West Coast Eagles, or Fremantle Dockers.
Don’t just be a spectator – you can learn how to play and even join our own team, the ECU Jets Football Club.
We’re a creative hub with lots of artistic opportunities
Not only is ECU renowned for WAAPA and Arts graduates, our Mount Lawley Campus also includes a student radio station, fashion studio and art gallery. There is also the Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Educations and Communications (CREAtec) which provides a nexus for interdisciplinary research excellence at ECU. CREAtec bridges the gap between academia and the community through creative and critical interaction.;
AUSTRALIA’S TOP PUBLIC UNI FOR TEACHER EDUCATION
The teachers of tomorrow choose ECU’s School of Education because we’re leaders in education and education research in WA and nationally. We produce graduates who are both classroom-ready and world-ready. If you want to make a difference to young peoples’ lives, a teaching career is a great choice.
In 2020 QILT survey results, our Teacher Education discipline was rated as Australia’s top public university for undergraduate teaching quality and overall education experience.
In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, Teacher Education performed the best in WA across overall educational experience, skills development, student support, teaching quality, learner engagement and resources.
LIVE IT UP IN OUR AMAZING CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
You can opt to live on-campus at one of our Student Villages which are located on each one of our three campuses, with shops and recreation facilities within walking distance. Residents at the Student Village enjoy a range of social activities, and have a variety of room styles to suit any budget making it an ideal first place to live when arriving in Western Australia.
One of the most common questions we get from future students is about nationality mix on-campus.
Our international students come from over 100 countries, with no nationality making up more than 20% of the international student mix. This creates an extremely diverse campus, with students from all corners of the world studying alongside Australians.
76% of our students are from Australia, meaning that you will connect with lots of Aussie students whilst at ECU.
ECU is proud to be a dynamic, multicultural and multifaith community, where you, your faith and traditions are valued and respected.;
OUR “IRON THRONE” ENTRY
As Perth’s youngest university, we are proud of our modern, exciting architecture. Can you picture your graduation photo with the dramatic ‘iron throne’ behind you?;
ENJOY GREAT WEATHER ALL YEAR ROUND
Boasting the most days of sunshine of all Australia’s major cities, Perth is one of the world’s sunniest cities. Enjoy the sunshine cycling along on the Swan River, swimming at Cottesloe Beach, hiking in the Perth hills or even watching a movie under the stars at ECU’s very own open air cinema on campus.;
PERTH, ONE OF THE BEST CITIES TO LIVE
We love our city on the west coast of Australia, but you don’t just need to take our word for how amazing our city is – The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index 2021 rated Perth as #6 most liveable city in the world!
Our city performed strongly across all categories of Stability, Healthcare, Education, Infrastructure and Culture & Environment, placing Perth as a more liveable city above Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.;
A MULTICULTURAL MELTING POT
Perth is where world cultures meet. With 40% of Perth residents having been born outside of Australia, the city is a diverse melting pot of cultures, languages and cuisines. Join one of the many cultural festivals, or hit the dining scene to try some amazing Greek, Cambodian or Japanese food – just to name a few!
The cultural diversity of Perth is also replicated at ECU where we are committed to ensuring an inclusive learning, and working, environment for people of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths.
WE’RE LEADING THE WAY IN MEDICAL & HEALTH RESEARCH
ECU is ranked #1 in Australia for international collaboration and industry collaboration in Biomedical and Health Sciences in the 2020 Leiden Ranking for Research.
The School of Medical and Health Sciences leads research at ECU with over 100 researchers and academic staff working across a wide range of disciplines.
Research is conducted in partnership with, or as a result of funding from, a range of state, national and international organisations. These include the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), Healthway, health service providers and elite sporting organisations like the Australian Institute of Sport or Western Australian Institute of Sport.
For one month each summer, the Perth Fringe World Festival brings artists from across the world together for the third largest Fringe on the planet. Our Spiegeltent becomes host to some of the exciting acts, and many WAAPA graduates and current students are performers during Fringe.
From comedy, to music, circus and much more you’ll be sure to find something awe-inspiring and pocket friendly.;
ECU has been ranked in the world’s top 175 universities for Engineering and Technology by the globally-recognised Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2021.
The 2021 Good University Guide ranking also awarded 5 stars for Undergraduate Engineering & Technology for Overall Experience, Student Support, Skills Development and Learning Resources.
Western Australian economy named best in the world
Global credit rating agency S&P reported WA’s economy as the best in the world, with a AA+ credit rating. This was attributed to the WA State Government’s safe and strong economic response to COVID, with a WA Recovery Plan for record infrastructure investment to further drive WA’s economic recovery and create local jobs.;
There is always something to see and do in Perth and WA. From music and arts, to food and crafts there is a festival or markets to suit all interests and budgets.
Image above: free opening event of Perth Festival, Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, at Kings Park;
From our origins as WA’s leading teaching college, at ECU we are committed to providing a quality learning experience. Don’t just take our word for it though. For 14 years in a row our graduates have rated us 5 stars for teaching quality in The Good Universities Guide.
ECU leads the way in the disciplines of Computing and Cyber, with our postgraduate median salaries ranked #1 in Australia for Computing and Information Systems, and our undergraduates #1 in WA and #3 in Australia (2021 Good Universities Guide).
With research predicting that the growing gap between available qualified cyber security professionals and unfulfilled positions will reach 1.8 million globally by 2022, discover your future in cyber today!
WE’VE GOT PLENTY OF GREAT PLACES TO EAT
Got a case of the munchies or need a caffeine hit? There is a range of places to eat and drink on campus, catering to a diverse range of dietary requirements.
LET THE WILDFLOWERS AWE YOU
Flower power, WA style! Western Australia has one of the largest collections on wildflowers anywhere in the world. Whether it is the kaleidoscope of colours in Perth’s Kings Park or the golden canola fields of York, WA wildflower season will leave you in awe.
Photo credit: Botanical Gardens & Parks Authority;
THE GIANT SUPERLABS IN OUR BRAND NEW SCIENCE BUILDING
ECU Science students have access to a state-of-the-art $50 million science building, where government, academia and industry are working side by side to deliver world-class teaching, to collaborate and to innovate.
The building includes 2,500sqm of laboratory space over two floors which can hold up to 180 students at any one time, and 3,600sqm over two floors for ECU’s scientists and students to engage with the cyber security industry.
We honour our university namesake, Edith Dircksey Cowan OBE, by being committed to creating an environment where equality and diversity is celebrated, and everyone has equal access and opportunities to achieve their potential.
WORLD CLASS RESEARCH THAT MAKES A WORLDWIDE IMPACT
Be part of world-class research at ECU! According to the 2018 International Student Barometer, ECU’s Graduate Research School has been ranked amongst the top three in Australia each year since 2011, with a 94% satisfaction rate in 2018. ECU’s research is driven by nine new Institutes and Centres that launched in January 2021, with major themes being Health, Natural and Built Environment, Society and Culture and Securing Digital Futures.
As an ECU Arts’ student, you have the opportunity to showcase your work in galleries located on our Mount Lawley Campus. ArtsHum, the annual graduate exhibition, is an exploration of the various creative disciplines on offer at ECU, with simultaneous exhibitions from students, celebrating their remarkable talent and vision while on the cusp of entering their respective industries.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS A SAFE LOCATION
During these unprecedented times, the state of Western Australia has been fairly successful in eliminating COVID-19 from the community allowing people to freely study on campus, play sports and meet friends in social settings. Check the State Government website for information and advice.;
If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey. Become the teacher they will always remember, with courses informed by cutting edge research and extensive opportunities for professional practice in schools across the state.
Listen to international student Ayesha’s story to hear why she chose to study Early Childhood Education at ECU.;
YOU CAN JOIN A QUIDDITCH CLUB
Enjoy over 300 unique performances a year
Each year students, staff and critically acclaimed guest artists of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts collaborate to present over 300 public performances – more productions and more diversity than any other arts training institution in Australia. There is something for all tastes across music, theatre, dance and screen.
UNIQUE STUDY AREAS
From Arts Management to Supply Chain and Logistic Management, Performing Arts to Visual and Spatial Design, ECU works alongside industry to provide you with unique skills that are world ready.
You can make a positive difference to the environment
ECU has a range of courses where you can make your positive impact in the environment – from Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering to Environmental Management, to Sustainability or Conservation and Wildlife Biology – we have courses where you can help create a better more eco-conscious world.;
A 5 STAR EXPERIENCE
Every year, Australian university graduates are surveyed about their time at university, including factors impacting the quality of their experience and some post-university outcomes. The resulting scores are translated into university star ratings and these are published in the Good Universities Guide. In the 2021 guide, ECU graduates have again given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality. This rating has now been achieved for 14 years, making ECU the only public university in Western Australia to have achieved such a consistently high endorsement for teaching quality. ECU has also been rated:
#1 in WA for Overall Experience for Undergraduate Students
#1 in WA for Undergraduate Skill Development
#1 in WA for Undergraduate Student Support
#1 in WA for Learning Resources;
Edith Cowan was the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament and a trailblazer in promoting access to education for all. ECU is proud to be the only university in Australia named after a woman. You can find her on the Australian $50 note.;
Of course, we don’t just want you to take our word for it. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a young university, achieving a great reputation and a series of accolades. Here are a few of our accomplishments:
Ranked #1 for teaching quality
Out of all the 37 public universities in Australia, our teaching quality came out on top! For us, that’s pretty much like winning an Oscar. We’re also ranked #1 in undergraduate skills development (for six years in a row).
We’re masters in engineering
Well, we like to think we’re masters in a lot of fields, but we were ranked in the world’s top 175 universities for Engineering and Technology in the 2021 Times Higher Education rankings. Maybe it’s because our research could turn the driest of deserts into productive agricultural land?
One of the best up and comers
We’re been ranked in the world’s top 100 young universities in the 2020 Times Higher Education rankings. Who says wisdom only comes with experience?
Making an ‘Impact’ around the world
In the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, we were ranked number 9 in the world for quality education. As well as top 100 overall. Talk about making an ‘Impact’ where it counts!
5 stars for 5 categories
In the 2020 Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave us 5 stars across 5 categories, and we’ve got to say the feeling’s mutual! Categories included teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources and median salary.
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