Carnegie Mellon University Australia


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Carnegie Mellon University is an American university established in 1900 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ranked 24 in the world (Times Higher Education, World University Ranking, 2014-15) Carnegie Mellon has been a birthplace of innovation throughout its 115-year history and is a global leader in bringing ground-breaking ideas to market and creating successful start-up businesses.

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia forms part of Carnegie Mellon’s global footprint which includes campuses in Silicon ValleyRwanda and Qatar.

Located in Adelaide, the fifth Most Liveable City in the world (Economist Intelligence Unit 2012) and Australia’s most affordable capital city, the Carnegie Mellon Australia campus is home to students from over 30 countries, creating wide-reaching networks of contemporaries, global experts and alumni.

Students graduate with the Carnegie Mellon University American degree and are taught by highly qualified faculty who boast extensive careers in teaching, basic and applied research, and leadership in their respective fields. Classes are taught by resident and visiting faculty from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Overseas faculty teach remotely to Adelaide using sophisticated video conferencing facilities. Controlled student-to-faculty ratios ensure the faculty provide students with personalised attention to meet their individual needs.

Our degrees combine practical and technical courses that provide students with the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in their careers.

By design, our innovative course curriculum provides a firm foundation in theory, with a focus on skills that will advance management practice, policy and decision-making.

Our curriculum includes challenging courses designed to develop student potential for innovation. Students customise their degree by selecting from a variety of course electives, projects and independent study.

Experiential learning is provided through internships and team and individual projects. The combination of an American degree and studying in Australia provides students with a unique skill-set and international perspective. Graduates become sought-after individuals offering unique, immediate and measurable benefits to future employers as sophisticated analysts and effective executives.

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  • No. 22 - Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2015-2016
  • No. 62 - QS World University Rankings World University Rankings, 2015-2016
  • No. 61 - Academic Ranking of World Universities By Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University is home to 

  • 19 Nobel Laureates
  • 12 Turing Award Winners
  • 53 National Academy of Engineering members
  • 15 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 41 Tony Awards 
  • 114 Emmy Awards
  • 7 Academy Awards

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The Adelaide campus of Carnegie Mellon University Australia, was established in 2006 following the South Australian Government’s invitation to CMU to open a campus in Adelaide at the International University Precinct.

The precinct is situated in the heritage-listed Torrens Building at Victoria Square in the heart of Adelaide’s central business district. Carnegie Mellon University was the first international university to establish in Australia, and is now collated with University College London, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Torrens Resilience Institute.

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Carnegie Mellon University Australia is proud of its high standards and the recognition that our programs merit.

Degrees are granted by Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon and all of its degree programs, including those offered in Australia, are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the United States. The degree of Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration is also accredited in the United States by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

As well as accreditation through the American system, degrees awarded at Carnegie Mellon University Australia are fully accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).  Programs delivered in Australia all meet the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework. In addition to this, all programs delivered at CMUA are listed on the  CRICOS Register of providers of Educational Services for Overseas students (CRICOS Provider 02696B).

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