We have maintained a strong international perspective since inception, with an unwavering commitment to global citizenship, relevance, diversity, and an uncompromising belief that our students will connect the world for good.

Global foundations. Global perspective. Global presence. Global impact.

At Torrens University, being international is as much about being inclusive and enriched by international students as it is about having a global mindset.

It means integrating international and intercultural aspects into all aspects of a university – teaching, research, industry partnerships and academic exchanges.

It is about building social, developmental and economic capacity in developing countries.

Our global presence and impact is strengthened by our onshore and offshore international student enrolments, collaborations, partnerships, awards and recognition.

An international tapestry weaving onshore and offshore education

We now have over 11,000 international students, from 118 countries, enrolled in campuses across Australia, New Zealand and China. We also have students studying offshore and online in over 15 countries around the world. We can also boast 110 international staff, across 30 nationalities, located in 20 cities around the world.

Every learning experience is designed to ensure a strong mixture of nationalities and cultures coming together in the learning spaces of Torrens University.

Our partnerships with agent partners around the world, together with the growing influence and reputation of our students, graduates and alumni ensure our continued strength as Australia’s international university.

Today, we are the number one destination for students from Latin America with growing interest from other non-traditional markets such as Africa and the Pacific.

Our international partnerships

We now have over 11,000 international students, from 118 countries, enrolled in campuses across Australia, New Zealand and China. We also have students studying offshore and online in over 15 countries around the world. We can also boast 110 international staff, across 30 nationalities, located in 20 cities around the world.

In China, we have partnered with Sunlands Online Education Group in China, offering online Master of Education and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in Mandarin. This offshore online collaboration is just one example of how Torrens University recognises the specific needs of an international cohort of students seeking global standard qualifications tailored to career development, in their immediate professional context.

Additional academic collaborations across the globe include Ducere Global Business School, which spans Australia, Africa and the UK. We have also fostered multiple partnerships in industry that transgress international borders, including with major technology companies like IBM and Sony Playstation. Our education partnership with Spain’s Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea delivers sports management post graduate courses.

Our Suzhou (China) campus of Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University is over 20 years old and is one of the longest international educational joint ventures in China. Our new partnership with Arizona State University and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Madrid to build Shanghai’s first international university will be one of the newest international education joint ventures in China.

Our On-Demand Short Courses offering to the public is one such example of this. They are flexible and relevant learning tools for Australians and people around the world to upskill and expand their knowledge base. Click here to find out more about our On-Demand Short Courses.

Our global mindset

At Torrens University, being international is not simply about having a large cohort of overseas students. It is about having a global mindset – one which is ultimately about creating economic mobility for our students, our alumni and our communities.

Torrens University has always been part of global networks. When the University was established, it was part of Laureate International Universities, connected to institutions across the globe. Now a new chapter has commenced with Strategic Education Inc. and the global ties remain stronger than ever, with strong relationships in Brazil, Colombia, the United States and China – to name a few.

Internationalisation is as much about mental mobility as it is about physical movement of students, graduates and professionals. When we prepare our students for their careers, we ensure each student understands what is needed and what is expected beyond Australia and New Zealand.

An important part of this is recognising the value of sharing and debating ideas and concepts – as well as the diversity of perspectives an international cohort of student brings to the discussion.

This notion of the global mindset has been embedded into the heart of our curriculum. From the teaching and learning programs, right down to major capstone projects.

Student opportunities

Our students can study globally and across geographical boundaries – in and outside of Australia. Our sports management students have the opportunity to visit Spain during “White Week” in Madrid, as part of our partnership program with Real Madrid Graduate School.

Our students have also been participants in the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan, living, studying and working across the Indo-Pacific region. Three of our students received special New Colombo Plan scholarships in December 2020 which will see them travel to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul respectively.

Our On-Demand Short Courses offering to the public is one such example of this. They are flexible and relevant learning tools for Australians and people around the world to upskill and expand their knowledge base. Click here to find out more about our On-Demand Short Courses.

Our important new global alliance

In July, Torrens University Australia made an important announcement, that Strategic Education, Inc. will become its new owner. When finalised, this new alliance will create a global network of over 100,000 learners around the world.

Strategic Education is also a global company, based in USA, and with a strong foundation in innovation and economic mobility.

The new relationship was the focus of a special edition The Alliance on Sky New Australia.

Research with global relevance

At Torrens University, the improvement of society, the environment and the human condition is central to research across disciplines.

Distinctive, impactful research and research training with enduring global and national significance are the cornerstone of this commitment to finding and contributing to practical solutions valued by society.

Our researchers are collaborating with counterparts and communities in various countries including Malaysia, Africa, Nepal, Canada covering diverse areas ranging from community health and Artificial Intelligence to climate change and cultural practices.

Read more about the Torrens University Research that Matters framework here.

International awards and recognition

Over the years, international recognition through awards and rankings have reinforced Torrens University’s place and impact globally.

This includes:

CEO Magazine’s Top 20
The entry of Torrens University in CEO Magazine’s Top 20 online global MBA Rankings in 2020
Cumulus Green 2020
Recognition of our students’ achievements at the renowned global design competition, Cumulus Green.
Winning New Blood Pencil
Two Billy Blue College of Design graduates Luke Taylor and Michelle Mondel winning awards in New Blood Pencil – a global design competition
Highly Cited Researchers for 2019
The inclusion of Torrens University Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation, Associate Professor Seyedali (Ali) Mirjalili on the annual global list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 by the Web of Science Group.

Our globally minded staff and students

Studying amongst our 19,000 students and a strength of 117 nationalities sets our students up with a global mindset from the start. Connections built in our classrooms create endless opportunities which last lifetimes.

We stand firmly by the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The education we provide is relevant, built on change making and we proudly champion global causes including climate change awareness raising and contributing to the resolution of development issues. Our credible industry-immersive connections with influential brands across the globe prepare our students to thrive as the next generation of global leaders.

  • Luis Bispo tackles climate change at the United Nations
    Determined to make a difference: Luis Bispo’s childhood sparked a passion for environmental action and led him on his academic path and forged his commitment for climate advocacy. From his early life adopted at a young age from the slums of São Paulo to speaking at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations in 2019 he has a story to tell. Watch Love Your Story, Love Our Story to hear more. Find out more
  • James Calvert uses Virtual Reality for research that really matters
    We do research projects that really matter: James Calvert is a Torrens University lecturer and the writer and director of Thin Ice, a world-first virtual reality project revealing climate change impacts in Antarctica over the last 100 years. This project places the viewer on the ice in Antarctica and shows firsthand, the magnitude of global warming - quite simply Antarctica is disappearing. James is passionate about the potential for virtual reality to be prolific in the realms of tackling climate change by educating and shift perspectives. Watch the video
  • New Colombo Plan opens doors in the Indo-Pacific region
    Opening doors in the Indo-Pacific Region : Since 2017 over 30 students have taken advantage of the New Colombo Plan. It’s an exciting global education immersion experience allowing students to step out of their comfort zone, build on cross-cultural knowledge and make lifelong connections. The Australian Government initiative provides support for students to study and undertake internships in Indo-Pacific countries. . Three of our students received special New Colombo Plan scholarships in December 2020 which will see them travel to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul respectively.Check out previous recipients stories here: Chloe VanderWaal, Sarah Bagala and Maddie Browne. Find out more
  • Media Design School – a long history of global success

    A long history of global success : Media Design School is ranked #1 Animation School in NZ and #2 in Australasia by the Animation Career Review and proudly our alumni work in creative and tech sectors at leading names around the globe, from Weta Digital in New Zealand, to LucasFilm in Singapore and Blizzard Entertainment in the USA. Of the 185 colleges in the Animation Career Review Global category, MDS was named 9th best Animation School in the World.

    Founded in 1998, Media Design School became a part of Laureate International Universities, now Torrens Global Education Services, in 2011. The School enjoys ongoing partnerships with esteemed institutions around the world, including the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, Italy, and the Jilin Animation Institute (JAI) in Changchun, China.

  • Kanae Kono brings Japanese naturopathy delegation to Australia
    Sharing a love for naturopathy back home in Japan: 2016 Torrens University Bachelor of Health Science graduate, Kanae Kono, organised a special visit for senior members of the Japan Medical Herb Association to our Southern School Natural Therapies in Melbourne. The professional practice of natural medicine is not common in Japan so Kanae was thrilled the delegates could enjoy insightful tours and practical lectures during their visit. Watch this video to learn of Kanae’s passion for naturopathy and why her bond with Australia remains so strong. Find out more
  • Joshua Robinson’s international premiere for “Home”
    New Zealand filmmaker shares his struggle at Indigenous Film Festival: Media Design School 3D Animation and Visual Effects Bachelor of Art & Design student Joshua Robinson’s film “Home” packs a punch. His insightful and moving animated film was inspired by his personal childhood experience - highlighting family violence, mental health, and poverty. Home was awarded Best Editor & People's Choice at the E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Awards at Maoriland Film Festival and went on to show at ImagineNATIVE at the world’s largest Indigenous film festival, in Toronto. Hear all about his experience, networking with likeminded filmmakers and familiar cultural encounters far from home. Find out more

We followed in the footsteps of impactful changemakers

At a time of political unrest, environmental uncertainty, and lingering inequalities, young social change-makers lead the way countering today’s challenges. In March 2020 we released Voices for Social Change, a free Massive Online Open Course aimed at those aspiring to make an impactful change through social enterprise.

Melanie Tran - Bachelor of UX and Web Design student testimonial
Melanie Tran
Student, Faculty of Business
This course is perfect for people who want to make an impact and create social change but need help with where to begin or are facing stumbling blocks. I have been fortunate to have like-minded people support and nurture my ideas and vision. We hope that through this online course, future social entrepreneurs can acquire the fundamental skills to become their own community changemaker,

Through the course students were able to learn from the wins and losses of the 8 experienced facilitators from around the globe with the hope to convert their idea into real-world change.

Our very own Australian social entrepreneur Melanie Tran is one of the 8 course facilitators.

Check out our incredible Melanie Tran here and meet all of our changemaking course facilitators and learn of their projects here:

Become a changemaker

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