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Griffith University
Established 1971
Type Public
Chancellor Leneen Forde
Vice-Chancellor Ian O'Connor
Deputy V-C Lesley Johnson; John Dewar (academic)
Staff 3,500 FTE
Students Over 37,000
Undergraduates 31,000
Postgraduates 6,000
Location Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Affiliations ASAIHL

Griffith University is a public university that has five campuses in the Gold Coast and Brisbane regions of the State of Queensland, Australia. Current total enrollment is approximately 38,000 with 3500 full-time equivalent staff[1]. Griffith University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a number of disciplines including Arts, Health, Business, Music and Law. It consistently ranks favourably in Australian University Rankings[2].



In 1965, 174 hectares of natural forested land at Nathan were set aside for a new campus.[3] By 1970 a new institution was being mooted. The university was formally founded in 1971 and opened its doors in 1975 to 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science. The University started with its Nathan campus, and several of its campuses are distinctive for their nature based settings within large urban agglomerations. Buildings were designed to fit into the environment by following the slope of the land and by using architectural means of cooling.[3] The library building was designed by Robin Gibson and won the first national award for library design. The clusters of buildings, sports facilities, bushland reserves and recreational areas are connected by integrated networks of walking paths. The university was distinguished by its 'problem-based' rather than disciplinary approach to course design and research. The university now has a full suite of programs including arts, education, medicine, dentistry, engineering, business, science, and law.

The University is named after the former Premier of Queensland, and High Court of Australia judge, Sir Samuel Griffith, who was also the principal author of the Australian constitution.

Academic Structure


Arts, Education and Law


  • Griffith Business School
  • Centre for Financial Independence and Education

Griffith Business School received the most prestigious international accreditation for business school AACSB in 2008 [1]. Griffith University became part of an elite group that makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools that have earned business and/or accounting accreditation. The newest accreditations raise the total number of institutions that maintain specialized AACSB accreditation for their business schools to 559, with 460 based in the United States and 99 based outside of the United States. [4]

Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology

  • School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences
  • Griffith School of Engineering
  • School of Information and Communication Technology
  • Griffith School of Environment

Home to the Queensland Sports Technology Cluster[5] at the Nathan Campus. An Electronic Sports Engineering degree was introduced in 2009 as a world first.


  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • School of Anatomy
  • School of Human Services
  • School of Medical Science
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Applied Science


Griffith University has campuses located at the Gold Coast and Nathan, Mount Gravatt and Logan in the outer suburbs of Brisbane and the Queensland Conservatorium in Inner Brisbane. The Mount Gravatt campus is also home to the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology. The Nathan Campus was designed by prominent Australian architect Robin Gibson and was the founding campus of the University. The university has a campus on High Street, Southport specifically designed and built for Oral Health and Medicine students called the "Centre for Medicine and Oral Health". It contains lecture theatres, cadaver labs, pathology labs and a dental clinic which serves the public. Building has commenced for a new University Hospital at the Gold Coast campus, which is due to open in December 2012 and will replace most functions of the Centre for Medicine and Oral Health.

Research Centres

Externally Supported Centres and Facilities

  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
  • National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
  • Smart Water Research Centre

Arts, Education and Law

  • Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture
  • Centre for Public Culture and Ideas
  • Griffith Institute for Educational Research
  • Griffith Institute for Social and Behavioural Research
  • Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
  • Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
  • Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
  • Socio-Legal Research Centre


  • Centre for Governance and Public Policy
  • Centre for Tourism, Sport and Service Innovation
  • Centre for Work, Organisation and Well Being
  • Griffith Asia Institute


  • Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research
  • Behavioural Basis of Health
  • Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation
  • Heart Foundation Research Centre
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Population Health

Griffith Medical Research College

  • Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention

Science and Technology

  • Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
  • Australian Rivers Institute
  • Centre for Forestry and Horticultural Research
  • Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
  • Centre for Innovative Conservation Strategies
  • Centre for Quantum Dynamics
  • Centre for Wireless Monitoring and Applications
  • Environmental Futures Centre
  • Eskitis Institute for Cell and Molecular Therapies
  • Forensic Science Research and Innovation Centre
  • Griffith Centre for Coastal Management
  • Griffith University DNA Sequencing Facility
  • International Centre for Ecotourism Research
  • Institute for Glycomics
  • Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
  • International Centre for Management of Pest Fruit Flies
  • Nanoscale Science and Technology Centre
  • Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre
  • Software Quality Institute
  • Urban Research Program

Sporting, social and cultural

Griffith University has a wide array of cultural, intellectual, sporting and social groups. Its Student Guild [6] is an organisation within the university which takes care of these clubs, as well as student issues, accommodation, employment, publication, events, sport and recreation.

Established in 1981, the Griffith University Aikido Club was one of the first aikido dojos established in Brisbane [2]. Today it is active at Nathan, Logan and South Brisbane and has more than 100 members. The Griffith University Rugby Union Club, established by Phil Verheijen in 2002, were runners up in the Northern University Games in 2005 and are consistently ranked in the top 6 at Australian University Games. Past captains include Nick Hurrell (2006), who is now an international rugby representative of Hong Kong.[7]

The Griffith University Australian Football Club (GUAFC) is an Australian rules football club formed in 2001, competing in the AFLQ State Association. The Griffith University Gladiators finished runners up in two of their first five seasons in the AFLSQ. The club plays out of Griffith's Nathan Campus, which features one of Queensland's leading amateur Australian football grounds with state-of-the-art playing lights and club rooms.[citation needed]

Student Union and representation

Griffith University students are uniquely represented by two statutory embedded student organisations. The Griffith University Student Representative Council (GUSRC) represents undergraduate students and the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) represents post-graduate students in all campuses apart from the Gold Coast. GUPSA is a constituent member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Unique to the Gold Coast is the Student Guild (GUSG) which represents all students from this campus and holds an administrative structure that is apparently independent to the university. Griffith also has a significant representation of foreign students. Many (from the US or other Western nations) come for just one or two semesters, while others for a longer period of time.

Notable alumni

See also

  • NICTA - national information and communication technology research centre, co-supported by Griffith University
  • [3] - Queensland Sports Technology Cluster - Griffith University is the host of this Sports engineering group


External links

Coordinates: 27°33′09″S 153°03′14″E / 27.5526°S 153.0539°E / -27.5526; 153.0539


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