Monash University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

Monash University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

October 14, 2019 13 By Stanley Isaacs


– G’day, welcome to A Life That Travels, I’m Rob Malicki and I’m at
Monash University today. And holy moly, check
this place out! (laughs) (energetic music) (lighthearted piano music) Okay, so what we’re gonna do here is we’re gonna walk around,
show you a little bit of Monash University,
I’m at Clayton, today. Of course Monash has numerous campuses. Clayton, Caulfield and of course
campuses overseas as well, study centres all around the world. This is one of Australia’s
biggest universities and part of the Group of Eight, so a pretty impressive place. Let’s go an have a look around, see what it’s all about,
talk to some students about their experiences
studying here, let’s go! Monash University has six campuses including this main one here at Clayton. Caulfield’s a big one and
then a number of other satellite campuses and then it also has these international centres where students can go and have international
study experiences in India and China and Italy as well as two optional campuses in
Malaysia and South Africa. So in terms of being a global university, like, yeah, this is it. Monash was definitely the first university that was really going hard
into that kind of space. So a very impressive
organisation internationally. A university is just
like teaming with life and 75, 000 odd students
of perhaps unsurprising something like 50, 000
undergraduates here, 18, 000 postgraduate
students and then a tonne of extra students doing PhD so, very research oriented university, postgraduate oriented university, doing amazing stuff in many disciplines. There are many, many bus-routes that connect Monash Univesity
to all parts of Melbourne. I know one of the things that the uni’s been a little criticised
for, and it’s basically not its fault, but, for such
an enormous institution, not to have like a main
line train or something like that running here has
been a bit of an issue. But, hold the phone on that because there are negotiations and
discussions going on right now about trying to connect
Monash a little bit more through to the main line trains. However, the university does
have this amazing series of shuttle buses that can
get you all over the place as well as bus lines running, as I say, all over the city so they’re doing their very best. Parking can be a little
bit gnarly here at times. Well, of many of Australian universities, Monash has been popping
up lots of new buildings and spaces and renovating and making it a lot more student-friendly,
student-centric and I’m loving some of
these classroom spaces. Like super collaborative,
new, good condition, the place is looking amazing. Got an incredible vibe to
it and you got, for example, here, buildings that date back ages, right next to these modern
state of the art facilities so new and old I really love it. Same thing, like new
building, and they’ve just like absolutely aced it in
terms of creating core spaces for students to hang out and
do work, socialise, respect. This is a fantastic, fantastic set up. No, seriously, I’m not very
easily impressed by classrooms. But this learning and teaching
space, this is the best that I have seen anywhere in the country. I can tell you what,
I’ve been to just about every university in the country. What an amazing facility. It’s out of this world! – It’s great, it’s great.
second year at the moment. – Yeah, so much fun, yeah. – Loved it so far, yourself? – It’s great, yeah I’m second
year too I’m studying arts. – And it’s, yeah, it’s so much
fun, having the best time. We’re both on the Society
of Arts Students, actually. So we’re getting right into the uni life. – Yeah, so we’re getting into
the extracurricular uni life. – Nice.
– We have a lot of stuff, especially during the week in
terms of things you can go to to meet people if you haven’t
got a group of friends here at Monash and also just
some stuff that you can do to kind of, enjoy your day a bit more. Like we have these, I
love the therapy dogs, you know the ones that walk around? – Yeah, therapy dogs. – They got these golden
retrievers that walk around and you can just got up
and have a pat of them and I love that personally, but I think that’s a bit off topic. But
yeah nah yeah it’s good. – What kind of fucking university has got golden retriever therapy dogs? – Dogs, they’re amazing. – That’s amazing. – [Ben] I think back to
the days I was at school and be like, I miss them,
those were the days, but really, these are the days. Like I’m loving this,
I loved school so much, I had a great time. But I love this so much more it’s just, it’s such a good place to be. – Yeah, it’s a good uni, it’s huge. The facilities are, you know, fantastic, they’re always getting updated. Heaps of renovations at the moment, you can see over here as well. And we’re getting a
new performance centre. – Nice.
– It’s good. Location-wise, it’s a bit
out in the middle of nowhere. But it’s got its own postcode
so I guess that says– – How big it is. – Something about how
big it is, it’s huge. Accommodation everywhere,
even share-houses on campus, they got, yeah, student homes, like heaps of options accommodation-wise. – There’s lots of support
networks and stuff like that in place if you need people especially, I know for law, with the
Law Students Society, there’s lots of people
you can talk to there. Yeah, good vibe going back to there. And there say like, we put on
different events for example, we have like live music,
free food, stuff like that, lots of social things
where you can meet people. – Obviously it’s a large
comprehensive university, you can study just about
everything through Monash, from art and design,
architecture, arts, business, economics, all the way
through to your engineering, pure sciences, math subjects, medicine, pharmacy and law of course. I mean, it basically covers
it all so, tonnes of choice in terms of subjects and
that’s great in many ways because it does mean, if, for
example, you end up wanting to transfer between degrees
then you’ve got lots of options here, that’s
definitely a positive. Well, let’s talk about rankings because for some people
rankings are very important. And I always have a caveat
about rankings which is, look into the detail if you
think that’s important for you. Just because a university
is listed really high up doesn’t mean in the discipline
that you’re looking to study, that they’re amazing,
and the converse is true, a university might not be
spectacularly ranked overall, but in your particular
subject area it’s incredible. So how does Monash fare? Well it actually fares very well indeed. Fifth in Australia, or better on basically every ranking out there. And in the world it’s ranked around 60th, 50th, 60th, 70th in the
world putting it well inside, like not even just the top one percent but the top half a percent of all the universities in the world. And if we actually start to break it down into discipline areas,
Monash actually fares even better than that. It’s number one in Australia
for engineering and technology, number one for chemistry
and number two globally for pharmacy and pharmacology
so it’s an incredible institution doing ground-breaking research in so many different ways. Obviously with like 5000
research students, PhD students, this place is churning out the innovation and churning out the new
science, the new knowledge. So that’s a pretty awesome thing. It’s great to be a part of that
kind of knowledge creation. Monash is definitely one of those uni’s. Tonnes of different eating options here at Monash Student’s Association. Everything from sushi, noodles, sandwiches, burgers, coffee. Everything you could have is here. Well, I’ve had an awesome
day here at Monash. Such a spectacular campus,
incredible architecture, and some fantastic stories from students. Really sounds like an awesome
place to come and study. So overall, really good look
around, great student vibe, plenty of stuff going on, heaps of study and extracurricular options for you. I give Monash the thumbs
up, I’m Rob Malicki, I’ll see you next time on A
Life That Travels, cheerio. (upbeat music)