Professor Kerry Cox
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, in just its 21st year ECU was named in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list, a global ranking of the best universities under the age of 50.
ECU has more than 23,500 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 4,000 of these are international students originating from approximately 80 countries. More than 250 courses are offered through four faculties:
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, 200 km south of Perth. The Perth Graduate School of Business at the Mount Lawley Campus provides quality, market-driven business education focused on the needs of postgraduate students and employers.
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 a diverse range of Western Australians reach their potential. These alternative pathways also help to address the chronic skills shortage in many parts of the Australian economy, ensuring the country can compete globally through knowledge and innovation.
Engagement with the community is one of the University's strategic priorities, and significant effort is invested in creating productive and mutually beneficial partnerships. For example, the ECU Health and Wellness Institute brings together researchers from the disciplines of exercise science, nutrition and psychology to both undertake research and develop programs that significantly improve the health of the community. Current activities include the Diabetes Wellness Program, Cancer Survivor Program, Weigh To Go Kids and Living Longer, Living Stronger.
An emphasis on conducting research with industry partners in areas such as e-commerce, micro-electronics engineering, police studies, security, education, ecosystem management, health, social justice and human services has seen ECU develop a lively applied research culture.
Its researchers are also recognised for their wider contributions to society, with child health researcher Professor Donna Cross being named the 2012 WA Australian of the Year and Alzheimer's disease researcher Professor Ralph Martins being named the 2010 WA Australian of the Year.