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About ECU

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus institution serving communities in Western Australia and a significant cohort of international students.

Awarded university status in 1991, ECU has since developed innovative and practical courses across a wide range of disciplines, established a vibrant research culture and attracted a growing range of quality research partners and researchers, many working at the cutting edge of their fields.

ECU has more than 22,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 3,300 of these are international students originating from over 104 countries.

More than 320 courses are offered through four faculties:

  • Business and Law
  • Health, Engineering and Science
  • Education and Arts, which includes the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
  • Regional Professional Studies

ECU works closely with private and public sector organisations, locally and overseas, in designing its study programs.

The University has two metropolitan campuses in Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and also serves Western Australia's South West region from a campus in Bunbury, 200km south of Perth.

ECU is committed to breaking down barriers to education and is considered a pioneer in the development of alternative entry pathways to higher education, helping Western Australians reach their potential.

Engagement with the community is one of the University's strategic goals, and much effort is investing in ensuring productive and mutually beneficial partnerships are created with a variety of groups.

An emphasis on conducting research with industry partners in areas such as e-commerce, micro-electronics engineering, police studies, education, ecosystem management, palliative care, social justice and human services has seen ECU develop a lively applied research culture. Its Health and Wellness Institute, for instance, brings together scientists from different disciplines to create WA's largest powerhouse of preventative health research.

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