University of Adelaide to open new campus in Melbourne

Melbourne campus

Students interested in studying in Melbourne will now have the opportunity to receive a quality University of Adelaide education by studying at the University’s newest campus.

The University of Adelaide will open a new Melbourne campus in time for Trimester 2, July 2020, with both undergraduate and postgraduate programs on offer – in fields such as IT, commerce, accounting, and finance.

To be based in the Kaplan building at Docklands, and operated by Kaplan in partnership with the University, the campus is expected to attract several hundred new students over the coming years and will initially be open to international students.

This is the first time in its 146-year history that the University of Adelaide has opened another campus in Australia outside of its home state.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said the new Melbourne campus would open up the University of Adelaide’s world-class education to more students.

“Our new presence in Melbourne supports the University of Adelaide’s strategic direction to provide an innovative, 21st century education to a growing community of learners,” Professor Rathjen said.

“While modest in size compared to our existing campuses, the new Melbourne campus will broaden the reach of a University of Adelaide education in areas in which we excel. It will further position our University as a leader in modern learning, and provide us with an entry point into the eastern states.

“It will augment our current programs and distinctive campus-based student experience, which remain central to our institutional identity.

“The campus will also have the capacity to expand its offerings in the future to showcase our areas of specialist knowledge, including wine and artificial intelligence.

“We believe students will be attracted by our international reputation, seeking access to the specialised knowledge we offer and the opportunities our University opens for them,” Professor Rathjen says.

“The new Melbourne campus will broaden the reach of a University of Adelaide education in areas in which we excel.”Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor

The University of Adelaide’s academic programs will be designed by the University and taught by Kaplan academic staff, with the University collaborating on quality assurance and assessment.

Rob Regan, Managing Director of Kaplan Australia, says: “Kaplan is excited to work with the University of Adelaide to establish its new Melbourne campus.

“Kaplan has operated a pathway college to the University of Adelaide since 2007 and became the Preferred Pathway Provider in 2016.

“The new campus consolidates and extends the long-term partnership between our two educational institutions.

“At every step, both Kaplan and the University are focused on providing a quality education and student experience,” Mr Regan says.

Enrolment is now open for 11 degree programs at the University of Adelaide’s Melbourne campus: Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Accounting and Corporate Finance, Bachelor of Corporate Finance, Master of Accounting, and Master of Finance, Master of Finance, Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Computing and Innovation. More information about the programs can be found at:

The University of Adelaide’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester, says: “As we move towards our 150th year in 2024, the University of Adelaide is working to attract new students who otherwise might not have been able to study with us.

“Our strategic plan, Future Making, sets an ambitious agenda to grow and diversify the University’s student cohorts. We aspire to attract more students from interstate, more mature-age students, and more online students. Our move into Melbourne is part of this strategy.

“We are confident that the quality of education from the University of Adelaide will translate well into our Melbourne campus. This is based on Kaplan’s already strong foundations which aim to assure academic standards, and their commitment to providing students with a high-quality education experience,” Professor Quester says.

Find out more about study at the University of Adelaide’s Melbourne campus:

About Kaplan Australia
As one of the world’s leading providers of lifelong education, Kaplan helps over one million students achieve their educational and career goals each year. Kaplan, through the University of Adelaide College, are the Preferred Pathway Provider to the University of Adelaide. Kaplan has operated a pathway college to the University of Adelaide since 2007 and became the Preferred Pathway Provider in 2016. Kaplan International, with its global head office in London, is part of Kaplan, Inc. Kaplan International is firmly committed to university partnership activities, and it is an area of strategic importance for the company. 

About the University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide is a world-class research and teaching institution, centred on discovering new knowledge, pursuing innovation and preparing the educated leaders of tomorrow. Proudly ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, the University of Adelaide has over 100 Rhodes Scholars among its distinguished alumni and is associated with five Nobel Laureates. The University of Adelaide attracts academic staff who are global leaders in their fields, along with the best and brightest students.

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