Annual Report

Our Vision

Murdoch University was formally established in 1973 by an Act of the Western Australian Parliament to meet the growing higher education needs of the community.

Named after prominent Australian author and philosopher Sir Walter Murdoch, and officially opened on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the University was the first in the nation to offer a new, flexible admission system. This made tertiary education more accessible to the community, a tradition and value that Murdoch University has upheld to this day.

Vision and values

With more than 23,000 students from over 100 countries and close to 2,000 staff, Murdoch is by world standards a comparatively small university, yet is well placed to meet its vision as a leading international research-led university pursuing excellence in select fields of expertise.

During 2016, the University continued its focus towards internationalisation via three core priorities including research, learning and teaching and engagement as outlined in the Murdoch Strategic Plan 2012-2017.

At the core of the current Strategic Plan are Murdoch's values, which underpin the University's high performing culture:

  • Scholarly integrity
  • Equity and social justice
  • Sustainability
  • Global responsibility
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

The need for clear and innovative operational plans to support the aspirations of the strategy is of vital importance for success in the years ahead. The University's schools and directorates all undertook this operational planning process during 2016 and will continue to realise its objectives during the coming year.

In September, planning began for a refresh of this Strategic Plan, with the beginning of a consultation process towards the new Murdoch Strategic Plan 2017- 2027. As the current plan draws to a close, its main aspirations remain front and centre. Our purpose is to continue to make a difference to the many communities we serve, through our translational research, our ‘world-ready’ graduates and through our highly committed staff across our local and global campuses.

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