Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus institution serving communities in Western Australia and a significant cohort of international students. Named after Edith Dircksey Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament (more), ECU was awarded university status in 1991. The University 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 27,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 5,500 of these are international students originating from over 70 countries.
More than 400 courses are offered through four faculties:
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 serves WA's South West region from a campus in Bunbury, 200 kilometres 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 devoted to 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. The ECU Health and Wellness Institute, for instance, brings together 60 scientists from different disciplines to create WA's largest powerhouse of preventive health research.