Flinders University was created in 1966, at a time when new universities were being established across Australia as part of a major expansion of university education. This gave opportunities for access to people from a broader range of backgrounds than had attended universities in the past. It also helped to meet Australia’s need for an increasing number of highly trained and skilled personnel in a period of industrial development and economic growth.
Flinders has built a strong reputation for quality and innovation in its courses and in its teaching. It was the first university in the world to have a bachelor course in nanotechnology, and the first in Australia to offer a graduate entry medical course. Flinders staff have received a number of national awards for teaching excellence.
Flinders University enjoys a well justified reputation for its excellence in teaching and research. It has a longstanding commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for all and a proud record of community engagement.
Since being established in 1966, Flinders has achieved much of which we can be very proud—in innovative research, in high quality teaching and in community engagement.
Flinders University has led the way in providing access to higher education for individuals who did not traditionally aspire to University education.
Attracting students from over 100 countries many alumni have built careers and lives that enrich communities across Australia and throughout the world.
Flinders' achievements are underpinned by the network of strong external links that have been developed with stakeholders and with the communities it serves. Flinders commits to being a university that is outwardly engaged, continuing to build the supportive and valued relationships which will be vital for the future.