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BHERT Member: Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University has more than 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and welcomes close to 6,000 international students annually, originating from more than 100 countries. It is is one of the world's best young universities (Times Higher Education Top 150 Young University Rankings 2018) and is ranked the top public university in Australia for student experience (QILT 2017, 2018). Established in 1991, ECU took the opportunity to reshape the way higher education is delivered in a distinctive and inspiring campus environment. ECU has collaborated with numerous industry partners, and has a strong focus on engagement-led research and Work-Integrated Learning.

The University's eight Schools collectively deliver more than 250 diverse courses across Medical & Health Sciences, Engineering, Education, Arts & Humanities, Business & Law, Nursing & Midwifery, Science and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

ECU has close partnerships with a broad range of industry bodies, multinational and national companies, Government agencies, community groups, small-to-medium enterprises, and start-up companies. ECU has specific strengths in a range of relevant areas, including:

Cyber Security

  • Security Research Institute, located at Joondalup campus
  • Recognition as an Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)
  • Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), located at Joondalup campus
  • WA AustCyber Node at Joondalup Innovation Hub, located at Joondalup campus

Integrated Health Initiatives

ECU Health Centre

  • Incorporates a wide range of health services for the local community and provides clinical training and research opportunities for students and academics

Exercise Medicine Research Institute

  • Received international recognition for the quality of its Sports Science program in ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 global ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments
  • Ranked in the top 25 universities in the world and 5th in Australia
  • Genesis Cancer Clinic in Joondalup
  • Joondalup Community Clinical School

Work-Integrated Learning

  • Development and application of relevant practical skills by our students through engagement with a wide range of industry partners, including:
  • ECU Health Centre for undergraduate and postgraduate students, in health disciplines and psychology
  • iPREP WA initiative for PhD students
  • Involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD students working on a six-week project with an industry partner during their thesis examination period. Industry partners benefit from:
  • Value for money consultancy from an interdisciplinary team of experienced researchers
  • Innovative, creative and credible solutions to business problems
  • Increased engagement with all five WA universities to optimise knowledge translation from research outcomes
  • Potential to recruit outstanding PhD graduates

Learn more here iPREP: PhDs solving critical industry problems in Western Australia

iPREP PhDs solving critical industry problems
Image courtesy of ECU

ECU’s world-class research strives to make a difference to the community in Western Australia and beyond. ECU focuses on working with communities, business and government organisations to solve real-world problems. To find out more about ECU’s world-class research please see

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