Edith Cowan University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

Edith Cowan University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

October 15, 2019 4 By Stanley Isaacs


– There are over 300
different courses taught by the university including
the very well known West Australian Performing
Arts school, WAAPA, which is extraordinary
and absolutely world class at what it does. But also has a number of
other strong specialisations and we’re going to talk
about those as we go. (bird chirping) Don’t know if you can hear
the galahs in the background. Just a beautiful campus as I was saying. We’re going to check out what’s available. (bright music) (upbeat music) G’day I’m Robert Malicki and welcome to A Life That Travels. Today I’m at Edith Cowan
University out in Joondalup, suburbs of Perth. We’re gonna have a look around, talk to some students about what it’s like to study here at ECU. Little bit of background though, ECU is a relatively new university, founded in 1991 so its actually one of the newer universities in Australia. Pretty spectacular campus. I actually love it here. Beautiful park land
campus, lots to see and do. ECU, Edith Cowan, who was Edith Cowan? Edith Cowan was the first woman to serve in the Australian Parliament. So, an incredibly symbolic and important figure in our history. And a very interesting university. Let’s go and have a look around. Edith Cowan University’s got
about 30,000 undergraduate students studying here. So that’s a pretty
decent sized university. 6,000 post-graduates. Number of different campuses. Joondalup is the main
campus but you also got Mount Lawley, which is down
towards the centre of Perth, and Bunbury down south. So, number of different places
where you can go and study. There are over 300 different courses taught by the university
including the very well known West Australian Performing
Arts school, WAAPA. Which is extraordinary
and absolutely world class at what it does. But also has a number of
other strong specialisations and we’re gonna talk about those as we go. (birds chirping) Don’t know if you can hear
the galahs in the background. Just a beautiful campus as I was saying. We’re gonna go check out what’s available. (upbeat music) Tell me what it’s like to study here. Todd, what do you reckon? – It’s very enjoyable, it’s
very open and accessible uni. You don’t feel like
you’re sort of segregated or like the uni’s better than
you which is a nice feeling. Coming from different unis. Its easy to get around,
easy to find your way, staff are always helpful, and
yeah I find it very enjoyable. – They make it easy here. The accessibility is really, really great. Yeah, it’s a great atmosphere,
the campus is beautiful, it’s just a really good. – I was really shocked
at how easy it is to just talk to people here. Like everyone’s so relaxed
and open and welcoming. – Yeah, there’s heaps of
sporting clubs and stuff as well. I know there’s heaps of – [Emily] Netball and – [Todd] Yeah like
netball, soccer, football. There’s lots of outward
bound kind of activities. I know there’s whitewater
rafting they do in the summer. (bright music) – Let’s talk about rankings, if rankings are important to you. And you know what, I think
you should always be careful about rankings because even universities that aren’t necessarily
ranked terribly highly can still have areas,
disciplines, particular subjects, and even professors who
are literally world class. So always treat it with a grain of salt. ECU is a new university
so it is ranked about 30th out of 40 Australian
universities typically if you look at various rankings. But I don’t think that
tells the whole story about ECU. On a global scale, ECU
ranks somewhere between 500 and 750 in the world, in the entire world, in terms of the quality of the university. So it’s actually an incredible achievement for an institution that
only dates back to 1991. Once again it is a very new university so on some of the rankings
where they’re only looking at universities under the age of 50, so the top 50 under 50, ECU ranks between 100
and 150 in the world. So, you know, it’s one of
those institutions that has some extraordinary areas of strength which maybe aren’t necessarily
reflected in all of the rankings because those more well
established universities have had more time to get
all of their discipline areas up to the level. There are a couple things to think about if rankings are important to you. What’s it like studying
at uni compared to school? What’s a big difference you find? – Well, at high school
the teachers just go, they do their job and if
you learn, you learn but, I don’t know. Here I’ve found they’re all tryna to help. I was actually surprised
at how enjoyable it is to just come to Edith Cowan
when you feel like it. I mean, you go to work, you
come back, you’re dead tired but you still have the
motivation to want to come to uni and that’s a credit to ECU I suppose.