The five universities in Western Australia are in or around Perth, but some have campuses that cover mining regions or areas of the far north west.
Having all universities in Perth, despite the fact that Western Australia covers a huge area and is the largest state in this country, makes sense, considering that the population of this state is around 11% or so of the country's population and 75% of WA residents live in the state's capital city, Perth.
But with universities having campuses in many other regional places, access to tertiary study is not hindered by the main location of the five universities.
It is one of the older Australian universities and the oldest in WA, being established in 1911. It offers many courses across the disciplines of architecture, arts, humanities, business, engineering, education, law, medicine, agricultural sciences.
Its main campus is Crawley, near the centre of Perth. Not far is the Claremont campus, which offers, among others, community oriented short courses and programs that prepare students for their uni entry.
In addition, the university has a centre in Albany for bachelor degrees in arts, education and science, and some postgraduate degrees.
University of Western Australia has many outstanding alumni, including a 2005 Nobel prize winner, Barry James Marshall, who was not only its student, but also continues to teach there.
It was initially known as Western Australian Institute of Technology, as its beginnings are based on the over century old Perth Technical College, then it became Curtin University of Technology and now it is just Curtin.
Wondering why? Because its courses are not just technical, they are extremely diversified: from mining to agriculture to humanities, health and occupational therapy to business and aboriginal studies.
The main campus is in the suburb of Bentley, 6 kilometres from Perth CBD. Other campuses:
Edith Cowan University, named after the first woman elected in an Australian Parliament, is a very large school with three campuses:
ECU offers over 400 courses in areas such as health, science, business, law, education, performing arts.
Its Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts has many famous Australian actors or musicians among its graduates. Just one example is Hugh Jackman. He had studied journalism at UTS in Sydney, before enrolling into acting at ECU.
Some of the courses you can enrol at Murdoch University are: law, education, business, veterinary science, nursing, psychology.
There are three campuses in Perth:
Murdoch university has gone international and has opened two study centres for business and media, one in Singapore and the other in Dubai.
Situated in the historic suburb of Fremantle, the University of Notre Dame Australia is a small Catholic tertiary institution. It offers a broad range of courses in arts, business, education, law, medicine, theology, philosophy, sciences. These courses are also offered at its Sydney campus.
The university has extended its reach to the Kimberley's, in the far north west. The local students have access to vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Aboriginal studies, nursing and education at the Broome campus.
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