University description (as per official university website)
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 20,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 4,000 of these are international students originating from over 90 countries.
More than 400 courses are offered through four faculties:
Business and Law
Computing, Health 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 Australias 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 Vario Health Institute, for instance, brings together 60 scientists from different disciplines to create WA's largest powerhouse of preventative health research.
Mission, vision, values
Mission: To further develop valued citizens for the benefit of Western Australia and beyond, through teaching and research inspired by engagement and partnerships.
Vision: For our staff, students and graduates to be highly regarded as ethical and self-reliant contributors to more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities.
Integrity: behaving ethically and pursuing rigorous intellectual positions.
Respect: valuing individual differences and diversity.
Rational Inquiry: motivated by evidence and reasoning.
Personal Excellence: striving to realise potential.