Down
Think Young is a state of mind. It's not about age, it's an openness to challenge convention, test limits, explore the new. Because open minds open infinite possibilities.

Why follow paths when you can forge them?

Explore your unique thinking style

Do you think young?

Take the quiz

Challenge the expected in
search of the exceptional

Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

Justine Flynn Upturning traditional business models

When Deakin Bachelor of Management alumnus Justine Flynn co-founded social enterprise Thankyou, she had very different goals to most entrepreneurs. Turning the tables on the traditional business model, Thankyou sells products from muesli to soap, and funnels 100% of profits into helping communities in need. Justine's team have up-ended the conventional for-profit approach, and in the process raised in excess of $3.7 million to fight global poverty.

Learn more
placeholder
Shannon Gove Finding the right career path through work experience

"People in the sports industry wrote us off because we were young, but when we started an events company we saw the need to develop software to scale our business. Without the power of thinking young, things would have been next to impossible. Today we have great contracts in major events like the Superbowl, using this software to manage entire workforces around the world."

Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

placeholder
Candice McKenzie Campaigning for Indigenous health education

Candice gained qualifications in education while raising a foster child when she was just 18. She is now the Coordinator of Indigenous Medical Education at Deakin University. Using her perspective as an Indigenous Australian and her education experience, Candice aims to not only help people understand aboriginal culture and health, but create a culture of inclusivity and build a better future for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Learn more
placeholder
Shannon Gove Finding the right career path through work experience

"People in the sports industry wrote us off because we were young, but when we started an events company we saw the need to develop software to scale our business. Without the power of thinking young, things would have been next to impossible. Today we have great contracts in major events like the Superbowl, using this software to manage entire workforces around the world."

placeholder
Troy Townsend Moving into unknown tech territory

Deakin commerce graduate Troy Townsend founded social media marketing start-up Tiger Pistol five years ago. Despite struggling for early investors, Troy convinced critics that his new digital marketing initiative would be key to the future success of small businesses. After forging ahead into unknown territory, Tiger Pistol is now a preferred Facebook marketing partner, with thousands of customers around the world.

Learn more
placeholder
Alex Bachelor of Laws/International Studies student

"Combining fields like technology and international studies can help us to solve old problems in new ways. We need an innovative mindset to tackle global issues as this will enable us to both face existing problems, and take action to minimise issues in the future."

Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

placeholder
Jess Holsman Reshaping the way students think about study

Most people associate study with hard work and high pressure. But Deakin psychology graduate Jess Holsman thinks about study differently. Through her YouTube channel ‘Study with Jess', she encourages students globally to rethink their attitude to learning, stay positive and focus on big-picture goals instead of just the next assignment. With more than one million YouTube views in her first six months, it seems Jess' mission to challenge our perception of education is working.

Learn more
placeholder
Alex Bachelor of Laws/International Studies student

"Combining fields like technology and international studies can help us to solve old problems in new ways. We need an innovative mindset to tackle global issues as this will enable us to both face existing problems, and take action to minimise issues in the future."

Elliot Costello Taking a stand against violence

Elliot Costello, co-founder of social enterprise YGAP, is determined to end violence against children. Through YGAP, the Deakin Bachelor of Arts/Commerce graduate challenges men to paint one fingernail to raise funds for change – symbolising the one in five children suffering abuse globally. Given men are more likely to commit violent offences than women, Elliot's unique approach makes men part of the solution, rather than the problem.

Learn more
placeholder
Brydee Grace Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) graduate

"Being able to include the study of contemporary dance in my drama degree helped me evolve the way I move, how others move, and how I direct people moving on stage and in film. It brings an awareness to your body that's really essential in my field and in my career."

Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

placeholder
Professor David Cross Breeding innovation through creative practice

Artist Professor David Cross challenges his students and audiences to re-evaluate the way they look at the world. He communicates his unique way of thinking as Head of Arts and Performance at Deakin, encouraging young creatives to question conformity and be more adventurous. Fittingly, Prof. Cross' artwork embodies his belief in boldly questioning the status quo. His creations often draw onlookers in to play and interact, only to suddenly surprise a person and challenge their perspective.

Learn more
placeholder
Brydee Grace Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) graduate

"Being able to include the study of contemporary dance in my drama degree helped me evolve the way I move, how others move, and how I direct people moving on stage and in film. It brings an awareness to your body that's really essential in my field and in my career."

The university where new thinking never gets old

Our commitment to drive higher education's digital frontier manifests in many ways, from world-class facilities to our experiential learning approach.

placeholder
World-class School of Medicine

Study with Deakin's School of Medicine, ranked in the top 150 in the world according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities. Access quality medicine teaching and research alongside high-performing students.

Learn more
placeholder
Best online MBA in Australia

Deakin's online MBA program is ranked among the top 20 in the world – and the best in Australia – by prestigious university rankings Quacquarelli Symonds. Study with a business school renowned for its flexibility and real-world connections.

Learn more
placeholder
Study with a global reach

Wherever you are in the world, you can study or collaborate with Deakin. Deakin's global network offers personal relationships that support student learning, an enriching student experience and future-focused research and industry collaborations.

Learn more
placeholder
IBM Watson's machine intelligence

We were the first university in the world to partner with IBM's groundbreaking machine learning and intelligence program, Watson, which helps our students find information about courses, campuses and more.

Learn more
placeholder
Virtual Reality Lab

Walk through virtual reality representations of products and scenarios that are yet to be realised, see lifelike 3D projections and experience sensory feedback in the first university lab of its kind in the world.

Learn more
placeholder
Online learning revolution

Join the thousands of students currently studying online via Deakin's Cloud Campus. Online students access the same academics and resources as on-campus students, and enjoy the ultimate flexibility to study anywhere anytime.

Learn more
placeholder
CADET: NEXT-GENERATION DESIGN

Explore design possibilities in our cutting-edge Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), prototyping your ideas with computer modelling, virtual reality environments, 3D printing, the high-voltage lab and more.

Learn more
placeholder
Motion.Lab

Study motion capture and interactive performance in the first movement development lab of its kind in an Australian university. Our Motion.Lab merges movement, art and technology to produce cutting-edge creative work.

Learn more
placeholder
Telstra Trading Room

Gain first-hand experience in a state-of-the-art trading room that functions like an interbank FX trading floor. Deakin is one of the only universities in Australia to offer trading curriculum in a high-tech experiential learning space.

Learn more
placeholder
Future-ready graduates

We give all graduates the tools to succeed in the real-world. See what it takes to be an entrepreneur in one of our Spark programs, develop your personal brand through DeakinTalent, and gain essential skills for the professional world.

Learn more
placeholder
3D Gait Lab

Work with the latest movement analysis technology in our Gait Lab. Produce a 3D assessment of a person's biomechanics, recording movement patterns while they walk, and see how the pattern compares in the world's largest gait database.

Learn more

Don't just study history,
start creating it

Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

placeholder
Professor Ying (Ian) Chen A new approach to clean up oil spills

Deakin scientists have manufactured a super-absorbent material called boron nitride nanosheet, described as the most exciting advancement in oil spill clean-up technology in decades. Conventional clean-up methods such as skimming and burning oil are inefficient and cause environmental damage, so a research team led by Professor Chen cast aside these methods and approached the problem in a new way, creating a highly porous nanosheet, which floats on top of the spill absorbing oil and repelling clean water.

Learn more
Associate Professor Felice Jacka A different perspective on mental health

With soaring suicide numbers and one of the highest rates of antidepressant use in the world, Australia is searching for mental health solutions. Instead of focusing solely on her field of psychology, Deakin's Associate Professor Felice Jacka turned to look at nutrition in her research into depression. Her groundbreaking research has found that poor diet increases likelihood of mental health conditions, and eating well may help boost mood and ward off depression.

Learn more

Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

placeholder
Dr Sophie Goldingay Rehabilitation through play, not punishment

Rather than seeking to punish criminals, Dr Sophie Goldingay believes play therapy could be key to rehabilitating them. Working in Deakin's School of Health and Social Development, Dr Goldingay helped develop an innovative 'play therapy' program to reshape mindsets, increase empathy and develop new cognitive abilities through play. Dr Goldingay's research is looking beyond the tradition of penalty and imprisonment, taking a creative new approach to criminal rehabilitation.

Learn more
placeholder
Dr Mazher Mohammed A high-tech solution 55 years in the making

Deakin University researcher Dr Mazher Mohammed has helped to make a dream come true for an Australian woman who lost her left ear in a car crash 55 years ago. Through a mixture of art, science and innovation Dr Mohammed and his team 3D printed a near-perfect silicon reproduction of patient Claire Murray's ear, which was then attached to tiny titanium rods implanted in her skull. This is just one of a growing number of medical milestones for 3D printing around the world.

Learn more
placeholder
Dr Ben Horan Tapping into the potential of virtual reality

Director of Deakin's Virtual Reality Lab Dr Ben Horan is using virtual reality to reimagine educational experiences. Working with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Horan helped develop 'Trinity', a virtual pregnant woman. Now midwifery students can learn by doing, supporting Trinity through a virtual delivery complete with sight, touch and sound. Combining traditional medical skills with cutting-edge technology, Dr Horan's unconventional approach is helping prepare top midwives for the future.

Learn more

Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

DR JORDAN VINCENT Communicating creativity through dance and robotics

As a researcher in Deakin's cutting-edge Motion.Lab, Dr Jordan Vincent takes her background in dance and merges it with technology in creative new ways. Researchers in her field often have trouble presenting their academic work, because it's performance based, rather than text based. Dr Vincent is part of a team addressing this issue, creating a new way to communicate performance-based research through Pinoke, an artificially intelligent robot that communicates with humans through movement.

Learn more
Professor Yong Xiang Future-focused wildlife conservation

A Deakin research team led by Professor Yong Xiang from the School of Information Technology is developing a revolutionary artificial intelligence system to track animals across Victoria's national parks. Tracking animal numbers is key to understanding a park's ecosystem, but notoriously patchy and time consuming. Prof. Xiang's new system will utilise machine learning and pattern recognition to detect animals within sensor camera images, gathering highly accurate data that has never before been available in such detail.

Learn more
Dr Edward Podolski Sunshine and happiness in the workplace

Deakin Business School's Dr Edward Podolski is interested in how human mood influences the workplace and greater economy. But instead of looking at mood boosters and busters such as workplace culture or office perks, Dr Podolski turned to look at the weather in his research. He has discovered the best ideas often happen when we're feeling optimistic, and the weather has a subtle but real effect on optimism, and therefore productivity and the economy.

Learn more

Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

Dr Jane Dai A creative take on creating liquid plasma

Deakin scientist Dr Jane Dai has developed a ground-breaking new technique for creating liquid plasma. This world-first could transform fields from agriculture to biomedicine and nanoscience, which rely on the use of plasma. Until now scientists have found generating plasma in liquid difficult and energy inefficient. Dr Dai's creative new approach to create liquid plasma is more efficient and cheaper, plus it's founded on a truly simple idea – blowing bubbles in liquid with a straw.

Learn more

Victoria's
#1 university under
50 years old*

Explore our courses deakin

Get in touch