Flinders University

Flinders University

Infobox University
name=Flinders University
motto=Inspiring Achievement
chancellor=Sir Eric Neal
vice_chancellor=Michael N Barber
coor = coord|35|01|14.95|S|138|34|21.90|E|type:edu
postgrad=(included in above)
free_label= Organisations
free= IRU Australia
website= [http://www.flinders.edu.au/ www.flinders.edu.au]

Flinders University, or The Flinders University of South Australia, is a public university in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, founded in 1966. It is named in honour of navigator and explorer Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in the early 19th century.

The university has established a reputation as a leading research institution with a devotion to innovation. It is a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia and ranks among the leading universities in Australia. Academically, the university pioneered a cross-disciplinary approach to education and has respected faculties in medicine, law, the sciences and humanities. Fact|date=September 2008 In 2008 the university is ranked 10th in Australia and among the top 401 universities globally by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities. [Citation
last = Shanghai Jiao Tong University
first = Center for World-Class Universities
title = Top 100 Asia Pacific Universities
year = 2008
url = http://www.arwu.org/rank2008/ARWU2008_TopAsia(EN).htm
accessdate = September 12, 2008


Flinders University was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on March 25, 1966, as the Bedford Park campus of the University of Adelaide.

Just 18 days earlier, however, the South Australian Parliament had passed legislation to create an independent institution and the State's second university officially came into being on July 1st. There were 90 staff, four schools and just over 400 students. Professor Peter Karmel was the first Vice-Chancellor and Sir Mark Mitchell the first Chancellor. The campus land has been owned by the State or Federal Government since 1915. Fact|date=September 2008

The university takes its name from British navigator Matthew Flinders, who explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in 1802. Its coat of arms includes a reproduction of Flinders' ship "Investigator" and an extract from his book A Voyage to Terra Australis.

A significant early initiative was the decision to build the Flinders Medical Centre on land adjacent to the campus and to base the university's Medical School within this new public hospital - the first such integration in Australia. FMC opened in 1976. In 1990, the biggest building project on campus since the mid-1970s saw work commence on three new buildings - Law and Commerce; Engineering; and Information Science and Technology. In 1991, as part of a restructuring of higher education in South Australia, Flinders merged with the adjacent Sturt Campus of the former South Australian College of Advanced Education. In 1992 the present four-faculty structure was adopted.

[http://www.wiki.flindersstudents.com More info]


The university maintains a number of external teaching facilities in regional South Australia, south-west Victoria and the Northern Territory. International students make up 10% of the on-campus student population and a number of offshore programmes are also offered, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region.


Flinders University offers more than 160 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as higher degree research supervision across all disciplines. Many courses use new information and communication technologies to supplement face-to-face teaching and provide flexible options.

Faculties and Schools

* [http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/ehlt/ Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology]
* [http://www.flinders.edu.au/healthsc/ Faculty of Health Sciences]
* [http://www.scieng.flinders.edu.au/ Faculty of Science and Engineering]
* [http://www.ssn.flinders.edu.au/ Faculty of Social Sciences]


*Australian Science and Mathematics School
*Flinders Medical Centre
*Adelaide College of Divinity
*Helpmann Academy

tudent life




Flinders University has many sports teams that compete in social and competitive competitions. Flinders University also fields a baseball side in the Division 5 and Division 6 levels of the South Australian Baseball League.

Distinguished alumni & persons

*Noni Hazlehurst
*Brendan Nelson
*John Schumann, Michael Atkinson, Verity Truman, Chris Timms (founding members of Redgum)
*Terence Tao
*Kate Ellis
*Greig Pickhaver (also known as H.G. Nelson)
*Scott Hicks
*Dr Mamoru Mohri
*Professor Rodney Brooks
*Caleb Lewis
*Amanda Rishworth


External links

* [http://www.flinders.edu.au Flinders University]
* [http://www.flindersdramacentregraduates.com.au/ Flinders Drama Centre Graduates]
* [http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Catalog/legislation/Acts/t/1966.23.htm "The Flinders University of South Australia Act 1966"]
* [http://www.flindersStudents.com FlindersStudents Flinders University Student's News]
* [http://www.flindersstudents.com/news/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,27/ FlindersStudents Flinders University Student Forums]
* [http://www.wiki.flindersstudents.com/ FlindersStudents Flinders University Student Wiki]

;Affiliated teaching bodies
* [http://www.asms.sa.edu.au/ Australian Science and Mathematics School]
* [http://www.flinders.sa.gov.au/ Flinders Medical Centre]
* [http://www.acsa.sa.edu.au/ Adelaide Central School of Art]
* [http://www.helpmann.sa.edu.au/ Helpmann Academy]

;Institutional affiliations
* [http://www.anzsog.edu.au/ Australia New Zealand School of Government]
* [http://www.irua.edu.au Innovative Research Universities Australia]

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