What does it mean to study a progressive degree at an innovative university? Here at Flinders, we place as much focus on the student university experience as we do on formal qualifications and learnings. It includes a focus on embedding personal enterprise skills across both the curriculum and the workforce to create career-ready graduates.
Our fundamental pillars are integrity, courage, innovation, excellence and above all – student centred. Read on to discover how you will benefit from studying at progressive university like Flinders.
Innovation and enterprise
Keeping innovation at the forefront is a must for a progressive university. Developing our students capacity to leverage disruption, creativity and innovation is at the core of all our bachelor degrees. If not already included in your undergraduate degree, topics can be taken as electives, regardless of discipline.
For example, if you’re studying humanities, education, law or social and behavioural sciences, you’re encouraged to enrol in Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities. If you’re studying medicine, nursing, health sciences, science or engineering, we encourage you to enrol in Agile Innovation for STEM: User Centred Design and Development.
Our high teaching standards are backed by investment in student resources, and a progressive college structure. By providing the facilities and teaching staff who embody these principles, we ensure our students reap the rewards.
Collaboration with business and industry
Our $120 million Tonsley innovation centre is a place where our students interact with business, and where business interacts with our researchers. Tonsley centrally locates computer science, engineering and mathematics at Flinders University, with the Medical Device Research Institute and Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology, alongside some of Adelaide’s biggest businesses and industries.
Awarded five stars for student:teacher ratio and learning resources The Good Universities Guide 2020 (undergraduate)
Additionally, Tonsley hosts the New Venture Institute, an entrepreneurial incubator that has launched over 325 start ups, and won the Top Challenger: Asia-Pacific award (UBI Global World Ranking Report 17/18). Discover how the New Venture institute has benefited MBA student Sai Manoj, below, and read his story.
We support a diverse learning environment – focused on collaboration with fellow students, academics and industry. Our Work Integrated Learning programme (WIL), adds immense value to the student journey. Through collaborations with business, industry and entrepreneurs, students are able to learn on the job. Allowing for a competitive edge in the post-grad job market.
No.1 SA university for teaching quality, student support, student:teacher ratio, student retention and starting salary The Good Universities Guide 2020 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only
Research-led teaching excellence
Research is a fundamental cornerstone of our mission as a University. Through research, and research-led teaching, we build and develop the knowledge and capabilities that improve lives and enhance society as a whole. We aim to embed research and critical thinking as core skills for every Flinders graduate. We back this up with our statistics too – with 90% of assessed research at or above world standard (Excellence in Research for Australia Rankings 2015).
Our research areas of specialisation include:
- engineering and technology
- health and medical
- people and society
- science, environment and natural resources
- emerging research: defence
Focus on student success
Moving away from the hallowed halls of university and into the real world is a must for the modern student. At Flinders University we aim to deliver a richly interactive and personalised approach to learning. 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. As a graduate of Flinders you will gain lifelong membership to our alumni network of over 100,000 enterprising, innovative and curious thought leaders in over 120 countries around the world.
Nurturing emotional intelligence
The environment of the modern workplace makes it crucial that we offer more than just an academic experience. Our teaching embeds research opportunities that nurture creativity and critical thinking. Skills that will be determinants of success in an information-rich world. With a focus on emotional intelligence and intercultural competence, we aim to equip our students to make a difference in the world as respectful and ethical citizens.
No. 1 SA university for full-time employment The Good Universities Guide 2020 (postgraduate), public SA-founded universities only
A diverse, collaborative, creative and innovation focused outlook is at the core of everything we do. Our progressive learning techniques and career focused outcomes ensure that our degrees are designed to take you from learning to earning. To quote our founding Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Karmel, our mission is to “experiment and experiment bravely.”