Flinders University

Adelaide, Australia
Site: www.flinders.edu.au Type of University:Private StudyQA ranking: 11 pts. No. Students: 25564 Frgn. Students: 4811 No. Staff: 2486 Languages: English Phone: +61 8 8201 2727
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For over 50 years, Flinders has been a centre of inspiring achievement: from our pioneering research and excellence in teaching to the positive impact we have in the communities we serve.  

Inspiration leads to innovation. But innovation is more than just a buzzword at Flinders.

It extends from our founding Vice-Chancellor Peter Karmel’s entreaty to ‘experiment and experiment bravely’ through to the creative, trailblazing work of our staff, students and alumni.

As we enter an era of disruptive change and remarkable technological innovation, Flinders is well prepared for this unpredictable, exciting future.

Our strong network of external links keeps our work dynamic, enabling us to connect across barriers to create enterprising solutions for the future, to make a difference by changing lives and, ultimately, the world.

Since being established in 1966, Flinders has achieved much of which we can be very proud—in innovative research, in high quality teaching and in community engagement.

Our facts and figures demonstrate our quality as an institution and tell the story of our inspiring achievements.

  • Established in 1966 on the lands of the Kaurna nation.
  • Our namesake is British navigator and cartographer Matthew Flinders.
  • Main campus located at Bedford Park, with additional Adelaide locations at Victoria Square and Tonsley.
  • Regional locations span the Barossa, Port Lincoln, Mt Gambier, Renmark, and Victor Harbor.
  • Interstate locations include Hamilton and Warrnambool (Victoria), and Alice Springs, Casuarina, Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy (Northern Territory).
  • Courses delivered in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Malaysia.
  • Member of the International Network of Universities and Innovative Research Universities Australia.
  • College of Business, Government and Law

    We have a reputation for academic achievement and innovative thinking in business, commerce, politics and public policy, law, criminology and international relations.

    Underpinned by strong ethical, professional and responsible values, we foster collaboration and the development of ideas in the areas of transformational and technological change, management in organisations both of people and finances, economic development, financial literacy, criminology, socio-legal studies, law, public administration, electoral politics and engagement, international affairs and security.

    Our students are prepared for graduate success with opportunities for industry placements, projects and to study abroad.

    We are a forward thinking, future focused place to research, study and work, supported by practical work-ready opportunities, innovative teaching and industry connected researchers.

  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

    Through our world class research and teaching, we seek to advance the quality of life for people across their life-span. We bring an interdisciplinary and relational approach to supporting all in our world to thrive. Our goal is to bring positive change through the cultivation of bright minds and high standards and academic excellence.

    It’s our attitude for innovative thinking.

  • College of Medicine and Public Health

    We deliver clinical, population and lab based research, integrated teaching programs and high quality clinical services.

    Our teaching footprint reaches out from our world class teaching hospital at the Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia to multiple rural clinical locations all the way to Darwin in the Northern Territory.

    We promote research in health services, systems improvements, public and population health, improved clinical care and laboratory and precision medicine.

    This approach has seen us investigate everything from community health problems to the smallest of molecules that influence human disease.

    Our research and teaching equips the next generation of leaders and innovators with the skill, commitment and vision to protect vulnerable communities and truly advance health outcomes. It’s at the heart of everything we do.

    It’s about improving the health and wellbeing for everyone in society.

  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    We are at the heart of advanced learning in health sciences, nursing and midwifery.

    Our College has strong partnerships to industry, community and the healthcare sector.

    In fact, we’re world renowned for multidisciplinary research and improving health care, where our high-quality programs and professional practices continue to expand what we can do to address emerging health issues.

    We base our innovation on the very best teaching methods, using the latest equipment and facilities.

    But most of all we seek to change and improve practice through our research and through our graduates.

    We see it as thinking bravely.

  • College of Science and Engineering

    Our work spans the broad spectrum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to solve real world issues through applied solutions.

    Our researchers seek to discover new understandings in fields as diverse as groundwater hydrology, forensic science and medical devices, while our teaching offers training in areas of biological sciences, chemical and physical sciences, computer science, information technology, engineering, mathematics and the environment.

    It’s where curiosity meets ingenuity and takes us from atomic structures to the scale of entire oceans, forests and beyond.

    Working across many areas of expertise we embrace our most pressing questions like climate change, food security, strong economies or environmental problems for better health and living standards in Australia and around the world.

    Our college is an exciting place to research, study and work, supported by best practice teaching methods, practical work-related learning and advanced facilities.

    We are the power behind creative science and engineering.

Leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia, Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) made three voyages to the southern ocean between 1791 and 1810.

As commander of the Investigator, Flinders circumnavigated the mainland and created the first complete map of the continent on his third voyage in 1801.

Although he returned home in 1810, Flinders did not live to see the publication of his monumental work, A Voyage to Terra Australis, dying one day after its publication on 19 July 1814. That work – including a journal, maps, atlas and countless drawings – is an essential historical document that contributed to the naming of our country.

Matthew Flinders’ work and influence lives on, and his name is associated with more than 100 geographical features and places in Australia. Having extensively explored and surveyed the South Australian coastline in 1802, he is of particular importance to South Australia.

Flinders is remembered for his sense of adventure, his innovations in navigation and cartography, his groundbreaking scientific work, his embrace of technology, and his consideration for his crew’s health and wellbeing – all qualities that make him a suitable inspiration to Flinders University.

Flinders University continues to evoke the intrepid spirit of Matthew Flinders, inspiring its students to achieve their highest potential, encouraging intellectual and cultural curiosity, and fostering a global perspective.

Flinders University’s vision is to become internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

Our mission: to change lives and change the world.

The plan is based on our four pillars:

  1. People and culture
  2. Research
  3. Education
  4. Engagement and impact.

People and culture

People are the heart of our University and it is the sum of their achievements that will deliver our vision and future success. Our culture must support and encourage those achievements and must value the positive contributions made by staff, students, alumni and council. Above all, we must always seek to inspire and enable the achievements of others.

Flinders University’s heritage of quality, independence and excellence will continue to be a source of strength and competitive advantage. Making a Difference builds on these strong foundations and aims to secure our place as a world-leading university.


The achievements of our researchers will determine our international standing among the world’s universities and deliver outcomes that make our world a better place. Flinders will proactively engage with business, industry, government and non-government organisations to deliver outcomes that promote economic development and change lives for the better.


The Flinders Experience will provide work-integrated learning opportunities and a thriving international mobility program that will enhance personal enterprise and intercultural skills development, enriching the educational experience.

Flinders graduates will be equipped to make a difference in the world as respectful and ethical global citizens. The achievements of our students and alumni will be the measure by which our success as a provider of world-class education will be judged.

Engagement and impact

Our active engagement with business, industry, government and the community is central to our mission to improve lives and to address the needs of society. Effective communication and productive partnerships will expand our capacity to address the significant economic, scientific and social challenges of our age.

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