Established in 1974, Deakin University was Victoria's fourth university and the first in regional Victoria. Deakin today has over 42,000 students and is Australia's ninth-largest university. In 2014 Deakin celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Deakin has been strengthened by a series of successful mergers with strong partners, each of whom has contributed significantly to its character and approach. Today, Deakin operates in a global, connected world with the digital economy influencing every aspect of its activities. Deakin has over 50,000 students, with a third choosing to study wholly in the cloud (online).
Deakin is committed to developing lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders in western metropolitan Melbourne, one of the fastest growing regions in Victoria and the third fastest growing in Australia. Deakin engages with its stakeholders in diverse ways, whether that be with business and industry partners or through our teaching and corporate education programs, research and intern partnerships, community programs or sponsorship activities.
Deakin's growth in Melbourne's west reflects a need for further opportunities in higher education to widen participation and support students from diverse backgrounds. To meet this demand, Deakin and The Gordon opened in 2014 the Werribee Learning Centre in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, which provides a stylish and accessible space for education delivery, community functions and student engagement in our region. The Werribee Learning Centre offers courses and fosters awareness of programs available through Deakin and The Gordon. It builds aspiration for tertiary study, and offers higher education and clear pathways into the undergraduate programs on offer at the Geelong campuses. Students can progress seamlessly from The Gordon diplomas to Deakin degrees and study locally out of the Werribee Learning Centre.
Deakin is working closely with LeadWest to support sustainable growth and regional development in Melbourne's west.