Edith Cowan University, or ‘ECU’ as everyone calls us, is Western Australia’s youngest university. It’s also one of the world’s best young universities under 50 years old. But being young has never stopped ECU from making its mark on the higher education landscape.
Universities are expected to provide high quality teaching. It’s not called ‘higher education’ for nothing. But like all industries, some perform better than others. And very few are more highly regarded for teaching than ECU.
For an amazing 15 years in a row, the university’s teaching quality has been rated 5-stars by graduates in the annual Good Universities Guide (2008–2022).
We’ve also been ranked Australia’s best public university for undergraduate teaching quality and skills development for six straight years, according to the government’s annual QILT (Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning) survey.
We set the bar high for ourselves at ECU. And we aim to give our students an educational experience where they’ll build the confidence and skills to take on the world. We call this ‘world ready’.
Study at ECU
ECU has more than 31,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. We also have one of the most multicultural student populations in Australia, typically welcoming around 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries.
From the scientific to the creative, there’s something for everyone to study at ECU, with around 250 courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and most offering the flexibility of online study.
Our courses are designed with industry consultation and our teaching staff have extensive professional experience and networks. So, our students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they’ll need to meet the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces.
ECU courses are also internationally recognised, with many being professionally accredited by national and international organisations. Student learning also extends beyond the classroom with practicum placements in real businesses or organisations, and opportunities for paid internships and international study tours.
ECU’s teaching and research is delivered through eight schools, reflecting the diversity of disciplines offered to students and staff. These are:
- Arts & Humanities
- Business & Law
- Medical & Health Sciences
- Nursing & Midwifery
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Some of our more highly ranked disciplines (globally or nationally) include sports science, nursing, cyber security, creative arts, engineering and teacher education.
About our name
In case you weren’t aware, ECU became a university in 1991 and was named after one of Australia’s most influential and inspiring women, Edith Cowan OBE. We’re the only university in Australia named after a woman.
Edith Cowan influenced the course of education in Australia, paving the way for many people to access education they could only previously dream of. She was also the first woman elected to the Australian Parliament. And her image proudly adorns Australia’s 50-dollar note!
There are three campuses at ECU – two are within easy reach of the city of Perth and one is south of Perth in the fabulous South West region, a mecca for wine, surf and wildlife. All campuses have student accommodation with modern facilities, including swimming pools, access to a gym and sports activities.
Our Joondalup campus is one of Australia’s most attractive campuses, with award-winning architecture and extensive gardens brimming with Australian native trees. It even has a lake and an outdoor cinema! Here, you can study courses in areas like medical science, nursing, engineering, computer science, business and law.
The Mount Lawley Campus is closer to Perth CBD and is the creative heart of ECU, including the home of the world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Here, you can study courses in arts and humanities, including media, design, psychology and social science, as well as teacher education and performance, music and dance.
ECU’s South West campus is in Bunbury, 200km from the capital, and is a leafy campus, surrounded by nature. Here, students can study courses in nursing, education, business, science and health sciences. They also enjoy smaller class sizes.
New campus in 2025
Plans are underway to build a new city campus in central Perth, opening to students from 2025. This exciting development will be the new location for studies in creative industries, performing arts, business and technology.