Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia’s east coast. We are proud of our reputation as a progressive institution, engaging with the regions we serve to create change that has impact around the world. Our identity is defined by our vision to be Australia’s Engaged University – with a proud Indigenous and international heritage that embraces the wider world and has an unwavering commitment to justice: social, environmental and Indigenous. The University is strongly connected to local Elders and First Peoples in the broad arc of our operations.
Our regional campuses are located at the southern Gold Coast within Gold Coast Airport precinct, and in New South Wales at Lismore and at Coffs Harbour, where the University’s National Marine Science Centre is also located. The University’s metropolitan campuses are located in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The regions we call home all have unique characteristics as study locations – from cosmopolitan cities, thriving industries and coastal lifestyles to living laboratories of great natural beauty and ecological diversity – all right next door to our campuses. Our locations have a profound influence on our teaching and academic programs, from business degrees that examine responsible investment and ecological tourism, to marine science that is helping to regenerate the reef, and engineering that is making our coastal environments smarter and more sustainable.
Our teaching and research is inspired by Southern Cross University’s theme for the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences: Transitioning towards a respectful custodianship of our oceans and coasts, locally and globally. Southern Cross delivers degrees on campus and online. A rich academic portfolio covers the environmental and marine sciences, arts and humanities, law and justice, social sciences, and health. Indigenous knowledge is a particular area of strong emphasis, and professional placements are a feature of most degrees.
Our research centres have deep connections to the communities we serve and the environment in which we live. Each are committed to producing impactful research with global relevance, be it in environmental and marine science, plant science or resilient communities. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of ‘at world standard’ or above in 23 research fields. In 14 research fields the University was evaluated at the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’.