Monash University: The First Ten Years

Monash University: The First Ten Years

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By Robert Blackwood

The story of Monash University is an epic of creative achievement. Starting from nothing in 1958 it commenced teaching in 1961, graduated its first students in 1964, established all under graduate courses by 1967 and was fast approaching its designed capacity of 12,000 under graduate students by 1968.

No other university has developed as fast or achieved so much in as short a time. To have reached substantial maturity in the space of but ten years is a considerable accomplishment.

This book discusses the critical post-war situation in tertiary education which led to the creation of Monash University, the location and design of the University, its establishment, academic development and growth in capacity and stature over the first ten years of its existence. It is a factual record by one who has been associated with it first as Chairman of the Interim Council charged with its initiation, and subsequently as Chancellor. It is a fascinating story that will interest a wide variety of readers.