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Making a difference - 25 years

25 years of making a difference

A quarter of a century sounds like a long time, but in reality, 25 years goes quickly.

So it’s remarkable that in such a short time Edith Cowan University has developed into an educational force to be reckoned with. Edith would be proud!

Already one of the world’s best young universities under 50 years old, we continue to grow and adapt to a fast-moving world. Our campuses are world-class and our achievements continue to benefit communities around us and afar.

We hope you can celebrate this milestone with us in 2016 and join us in making the next 25 years even better.

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A young university with a proud history

ECU’s first 25 years have been impressive and our achievements continue to benefit the community around us.

University of Perth?

Minister for Education, Geoff Gallop vetoes the suggestion that WA’s new university be named ‘University of Perth'. (1988)

O’Connor University?

State Cabinet considers an alternative name, O’Connor University, in honour of legendary engineer, C Y O’Connor. (1989)

Edith Cowan University?

New WA Premier, Carmen Lawrence proposes in parliament the university be named after Australia’s first female parliamentarian, Edith Cowan OBE. (1990)

Edith Cowan University opens

ECU is officially opened on 1 January 1991.

Vice-Chancellor Douglas Jecks

First Vice-Chancellor Douglas Jecks appointed. (1991)


WAAPA becomes part of ECU Mount Lawley. (1991)

Vice-Chancellor Roy Lourens

Vice-Chancellor Roy Lourens appointed. (1993)

Singapore Simulcast

WA’s first university simulcast lecture transmitted to Singapore. (1993)

First Malaysia graduation

First off-campus graduation ceremony held in Malaysia. (1994)

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman graduates from WAAPA. (1994)

Edith Cowan on AU$50

Edith Cowan OBE recognised with presence on Australia’s $50 note. (1995)

Edith Cowan House relocated

Edith Cowan House (Writers Centre) is relocated from West Perth to Joondalup Campus. (1996)

First ECU Website

The University’s first website is published. (1996)

Women in leadership

ECU’s introduces Women in Leadership public lectures. (1996)

Vice-Chancellor Millicent Poole

Vice-Chancellor Millicent Poole appointed. (1997)

First Screening at Joondalup

First screening of Perth International Arts Festival films at the Joondalup Pines outdoor cinema. (1998)

Science & Health building

Multi award-winning Science & Health Building opens at Joondalup. (2001)

WA’s first Sculpture Park

Joondalup Campus opens WA’s first Sculpture Park. (2002)

ECU HQ moves to Joondalup

ECU Headquarters moves from Churchlands to Joondalup. (2003)

New Bunbury accommodation

Student Accommodation opened at Bunbury Campus. (2003)

Chancellery Building opens

Multi award-winning Chancellery Building opens at Joondalup. (2003)

WA Screen Academy Opens

The WA Screen Academy, now a leading international training centre for screen production, opens at Mt Lawley Campus. (2005)

Kurongkurl Katitjin

Kurongkurl Katitjin, the Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research opens. (2005)

Vice-Chancellor Kerry Cox

Vice-Chancellor Kerry Cox appointed. (2006)

Library & ICT building opens

Award-winning Joondalup Library & ICT building opens. (2007)

Health & Wellness Institute

ECU’s Health & Wellness Institute (now Exercise Medicine Research Institute) officially opened at Joondalup. (2008)

Business school opens

Perth Graduate School of Business opens for students. (2008)

Churchlands Campus closes

Churchlands Campus closes down. (2008)

Largest citizenship ceremony

Joondalup Campus hosts Australia’s largest Australia Day citizenship ceremony. (2009)

WA Australian of the Year

Professor Ralph Martins named WA Australian of the Year. (2010)

Reconciliation Action Plan

ECU’s Reconciliation Action Plan for Indigenous Australians endorsed by Council. (2011)

New Mt Lawley accommodation

Student Accommodation opened at Mount Lawley Campus. (2011)

WA Australian of the Year

Professor Donna Cross named WA Australian of the Year. (2012)


ECU campuses become smoke-free. (2012)

Top young university

ECU named in world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old. (2013)

Jackman Furness Foundation

Establishment of the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. (2014)

ECU Health Centre opens

ECU Health Centre in Wanneroo, incorporating the GP Super Clinic opens to the public. (2014)

Ngoolark Building opens

Multi-award winning Ngoolark Building opens. (2015)

Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman

Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman appointed. (2015)

ECU 25 Year Blog

Stay up-to-date with anniversary happenings, community messages and the occasional piece of ECU trivia.

Dr Noel Nannup.

Five minutes with… Dr Noel Nannup

When Dr Noel Nannup was offered the role of ECU’s Elder in Residence, he wasn’t sure if he should take the job. He told David Gear how he got some…

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Churchlands Nursing Building

The making of a university

It was 1991 and bombs were falling on Iraq. Bob Hawke was in his final year as Prime Minister. The WA Inc Royal Commission was in full-swing. Sandgropers were advised to fill…

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New art space

A new art gallery built to house professional exhibitions of art and design is now open at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Gallery 25 is the second art space at the…

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