Monash University is the largest university in Australia, ranked in the world’s top 100 and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. Monash University is named after Sir John Monash, who sought to create a place for students to gain a greater sense of purpose and acquire the skills and confidence to create positive change. In under 60 years, Monash has grown from a single campus into an education and research powerhouse with a presence on four continents, committed to the challenges of change.
Monash strives to make an impact all over the world, from bringing clean water to villages in Africa to creating new life-saving medicines. With four Australian campuses, one in Malaysia, and over 100 international partners, Monash is making a difference on a global scale.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO,
President & Vice-Chancellor
Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014. Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner served as Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. Professor Gardner has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, she was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1988, studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Gardner is Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). She was recently made a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee.
Professor Gardner has previously been chair of Museum Victoria and chaired the Strategic Advisory Committee and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She has also served as a member of various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.
In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.