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Griffith University

Established 1971
Type: Public
Chancellor: Leneen Forde
Vice-Chancellor: Ian O'Connor
Deputy V-C: John Dewar
Staff: 3,500 FTE
Students: Over 36,000
Undergraduates: 25,000
Postgraduates: 6,000
Location Gold Coast and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Affiliations: ASAIHL
Website: http://www.griffith.edu.au/

Griffith University is an Australian public university with five campuses in Queensland between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. In 2007 there were more than 33,000 enrolled students and 3,000 staff. The Griffith University campuses are: Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Griffith_University_logo. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... Leneen Forde is the Canadian-born chancellor of Griffith University and former Governor of Queensland. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Professor John Dewar is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia [1]. Previously, from 2002-2005, Dewar was the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law [2]. Dewar was also the Dean of the Griffith law school from 1999 to 2002 [3]. Professor Dewar is an internationally... This article is about work. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Gold Coast redirects here. ... For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation). ... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning or ASAIHL is a non-governmental organization founded in 1956 to assist higher learning institutions in strengthening themselves through a mutual self help and to achieve international distinction in teaching, research and public service. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation). ... Gold Coast redirects here. ...

  • Gold Coast campus, the largest campus of Griffith University, with more than 12,500 students.
  • Nathan campus in the southern suburbs of Brisbane with more than 10,500 students and the first Griffith University campus to be established.
  • Mount Gravatt campus is close to Nathan and has more than 4,000 students.
  • Logan campus with more than 2,500 students is located between Nathan and the Gold Coast.
  • Southbank campus with more than 2,000 students is at South Brisbane close to the Brisbane city centre and incorporates the Queensland Conservatorium, the Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School.


Gold Coast redirects here. ... Nathan is a southern suburb of Brisbane, Australia. ... For other uses, see Brisbane (disambiguation). ... Mount Gravatt is the name of both a major suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and a prominent hill in this suburb. ... Logan is a city and Local Government Area in South East Queensland, Australia. ... South Bank is part of the Brisbane suburb of South Brisbane and is located on the south bank area of the Brisbane River. ... South Brisbane is a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. ... Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University at South Bank Parklands Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University was originally an independent tertiary-level institution, called the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. ... Established in Brisbane in 1881, the Queensland College of Art is one of Australias longest-running art and design colleges. ...


The university was formally founded in 1971 and opened its doors in 1975 to 451 students in four schools: Australian Environmental Studies, Humanities, Modern Asian Studies and Science. The University started with its Nathan campus, and several of its campuses are distinctive for their nature based settings within large urban agglomerations. The clusters of buildings, sports facilities, bushland reserves and recreational areas are connected by integrated networks of walking paths. The university was distinguished by its 'problem based' rather than disciplinary approach to course design and research. The university now has a full suite of programs including arts, education, medicine, dentistry, engineering, business, science, and law.

The University is named after the former Premier of Queensland, and High Court of Australia judge, Sir Samuel Griffith. who was also the principal author of the Australian constitution. List of Premiers of Queensland Before the 1890s there was no formal party system in Queensland. ... High Court entrance The High Court of Australia is the final court of appeal in Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy. ... Sir Samuel Griffith Sir Samuel Walker Griffith (June 21, 1845 - August 9, 1920), Australian politician and judge, was the principal author of the Constitution of Australia. ... Judicial High Court Lower Courts Constitution State and territory governments Executive Governors and Administrators Premiers and Chief Ministers Legislative Parliaments and Assemblies State electoral systems ACT - NSW - NT - Qld. ...

In 2004, Griffith University made the decision to abandon its traditional shielded coat of arms for a red and white book motif.[citation needed] Recent marketing projects have involved famous people including Kim Phuc, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Ray Charles, and Bob Geldof. They were promoting centres for photojournalism arts, assisting the wrongly accused, educating children with a visual impairment and promoting responsible ecological practices, respectively. June 8, 1972: Thi, center, running down a road near Trang Bang after an ARVN napalm chemical attack. ... Rubin Hurricane Carter (born May 6, 1937), middleweight boxer from 1961 - 1966, is better known for his controversial convictions (1967, 1976) for the murder of three people at the Lafayette Grill in June, 1966, and his subsequent release from prison (1985). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ...

Academic Structure

Arts, Education and Law

  • School of Arts
  • School of Arts, Media and Culture
  • School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • School of Languages and Linguistics
  • School of Theology
  • Griffith Film School
  • Queensland College of Art
  • Queensland Conservatorium
  • School of Cognition, Language and Special Education
  • School of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
  • School of Education and Professional Studies
  • School of Vocational, Technology and Arts Education
  • Griffith Law School

Griffith University Law School

The Griffith University Law School was opened in 1992, and is spread across three of the five Griffith University campuses, with undergraduate combined degree programs taught from the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, and postgraduate and professional programs taught from the Legal Practice Centre located at the South Bank campus. The Griffith University Law School teaches undergraduate degrees in law, as well as provides postgraduate courses and a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ...

The law school at Griffith University is noted for its culture of social justice and provides an interdisciplinary legal education.[citation needed]


  • Griffith Business School
  • Graduate School of Management

Science and Technology

  • School of Biomedical and Physical Sciences
  • Griffith School of Engineering
  • School of Information and Communication Technology
  • Australian School of Environmental Studies
  • School of Environmental and Applied Science
  • School of Environmental Planning


  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • School of Anatomy
  • School of Human Services
  • School of Medical Science
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Public Health

Sporting, social and cultural

Griffith University has a wide array of cultural, intellectual, sporting and social groups. Its Student Guild is an organisation within the university which takes care of these clubs, as well as student issues, accommodation, employment,publication, events, sport and recreation.

Established in 1981, the Griffith University Aikido Club was one of the first aikido dojos established in Brisbane [1]. Today it is active at Nathan, Logan and South Brisbane and has more than 100 members. Aikido ), is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. ...

The Griffith University Rugby Union Club, established by Phil Verheijen in 2002, were runners up in the Northern University Games in 2005 and are consistently ranked in the top 6 at Australian University Games. Past captains include Nick Hurrell (2006), who is now an international rugby representative of Hong Kong.[1] For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... The Australian University Games (AUG) is a multi-sport competition held annually in September / October between teams fielded from a large number of Australian universities and tertiary institutions. ...

The Griffith University Australian Football Club (GUAFC) is an Australian rules football club formed in 2001, competing in the AFLQ State Association. The Griffith University Gladiators finished runners up in two of their first five seasons in the AFLSQ. The club plays out of Griffith's Nathan Campus, which features one of Queensland's leading amateur Australian football grounds with state-of-the-art playing lights and club rooms.[citation needed] High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... AFLQ State Association (formerly AFL South Queensland) is an Australian Rules Football that includes clubs from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Gold Coast, Queensland and Brisbane, Queensland. ...

Student Union and representation

Griffith University students are uniquely represented by two statutory embedded student organisations. The Griffith University Student Representative Council (GUSRC) represents undergraduate students and the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) represents post-graduate students in all campuses apart from the Gold Coast. GUPSA is a constituent member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. Unique to the Gold Coast is the Student Guild (GUSG) which represents all students from this campus and holds an administrative structure that is apparently independent to the university. The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, or CAPA, is the peak representative body for postgraduate students in Australia. ...

Notable alumni

There are several notable people by the name of Andrew Fraser: Andrew Fraser, an Australian academic and alleged white supremacist who sparked a major furore over academic freedom during 2005 Andrew Fraser, a National Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, most well known for a physical clash... Steven Bradbury OAM (born October 14, 1973 in Camden, Sydney) is a former Australian short track speed skater. ... Sara Carrigan, born on the 7 September 1980 in Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, is a professional cyclist, who commenced her cycling career in 1996 at the age of 15. ... Professor Lee Cox is a writer and famous political figure in Australia. ... Peta-Kaye Croft (born 5 August 1972 in Mount Isa) is a Queensland politician. ... The Legislative Assembly. ... Justine Elliot (born 29 July 1967), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Richmond, New South Wales for the Australian Labor Party at the 2004 federal election. ... The Division of Richmond is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. ... Hon Gary Hardgrave Gary Douglas Hardgrave (born 5 January 1960), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1996, representing the Division of Moreton, Queensland. ... The Division of Moreton is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... Lisbeth Libby Constance Lenton OAM (born January 28, 1985, in Townsville, Queensland) is a member of the Australian Womens Olympic swim team, an Athens gold medalist, and former holder (with teammates Alice Mills, Petria Thomas, and Jodie Henry) of the world record in the womens 4 Ã— 100 metre... Dr Brett John Mason (born 5 March 1962), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since July 1999, representing the state of Queensland. ... Australian Senate chamber Entrance to the Senate The Senate is the upper of the two houses of the Parliament of Australia. ... Julie Owens (born 17 October 1958), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 2004, representing the Division of Parramatta, New South Wales. ... The Division of Parramatta is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... Rajnesh Singh Rajnesh Dhirendra Singh is a Fiji-based entrepreneur and engineer. ... Karen Tso is an Australian television journalist. ... Ross Vasta (left), with Federal Liberal leader and Prime Minister of Australia John Howard Ross Vasta MP (born 8 October 1966), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Bonner, Queensland for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... The Division of Bonner is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... Dr Barbara Vernon is an Australian birth activist and currently the Executive Officer of the Australian College of Midwives. ... David Vernon is an Australian writer. ... Robert Warren played bass in various Australian bands in both Brisbane and Sydney from 1985 to 2002, including - The Closest Thing, Dementia 13, The Egyptians, Sanity Assassins, The Reptile House, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Died Pretty, Lodestar, Hissy Fit, Mr Blonde, and Hawce. ...

See also

  • NICTA - national information and communication technology research centre, co-supported by Griffith University

National ICT Australia (also known as NICTA) is Australias national ICT research instituion. ...

External links


  1. ^ http://www.hksevens.com/Press-Centre-News-070123.htm
  2. ^ http://www3.griffith.edu.au/03/ertiki/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=12301
  3. ^ http://www.griffith.edu.au/er/archive/2002_1/jan1g02.html
  4. ^ http://griffith.e-newsletter.com.au/pub/pubType/EN/pubID/92986ab6f93d3a1226bc/nc/fdbb9178727d746f9504/interface.html
  5. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/rn/perspective/stories/2004/1175314.htm
  6. ^ http://griffith.e-newsletter.com.au/pub/pubType/EN/pubID/92986ab6f93d3a1226bc/nc/fdbb9178727d746f9504/interface.html

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