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About ECU

Edith Cowan University (ECU) provides the ideal learning environment for people who want to reach their potential.

Located in Western Australia, our industry-relevant teaching and research, supportive study environment and award-winning facilities enable ECU students to do more than just survive in this world – they thrive in it.

Established in 1991, ECU took the opportunity to reshape the way higher education is delivered in a distinctive and inspiring campus environment.

ECU courses are developed in consultation with industry, and teaching staff have extensive industry experience and networks. It’s why ECU students can expect placement opportunities, fieldwork, practicums and networking events as part of their studies.

This approach has been rewarded with five star ratings for teaching quality, graduate satisfaction and generic skills six years in a row in the Good Universities Guide.

ECU’s world-class research strives to make a difference to the community in Western Australia and beyond. ECU focuses on working with our communities, business and government organisations to solve real-world problems.

The University was named after Edith Dirksey Cowan, the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament. Her life was dedicated to the belief that education was the key to growth, change and improvement in society.

Her example informs ECU’s values as we pride ourselves in developing capable graduates who lead engaged and productive lives in the communities in which they live and work.

At a glance

ECU has more than 23,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We also annually welcome some 3,600 international students originating from more than 100 countries.

We have four faculties that collectively deliver more than 300 diverse courses – Health, Engineering and Science; Education and Arts; Business and Law; and Regional Professional Studies.

Our courses are offered on our three campuses – Joondalup and Mount Lawley in metropolitan Perth and the South West Campus at Bunbury, 200km south of the capital city. ECU also offers a comprehensive suite of online study options.

ECU incorporates the world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the oldest and most popular School of Education in Western Australia, the largest Nursing program in the State, and Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU’s Centre for Australian Indigenous Education and Research.

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