Named after engineer, military leader and public administrator Sir John Monash, Monash University was established in Australia by an Act of Parliament in 1958. When our first students began their studies at our foundation campus in Clayton in 1961, we became the first university established in the state of Victoria in over 100 years.
The early vision was to create a research-focused tertiary institution with an emphasis on science and technology. The focus on research excellence remained, but what grew around it was a culture of creativity, innovation and irreverence. To underscore the reputation that the University had earned, in 1999 we were invited to be a founding member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia's most prestigious research-intensive universities.
Monash has been around for just four decades, and yet is demonstrably holding its own against universities that had had well over a century to establish themselves. From a single campus at Clayton with fewer than 400 students, Monash has grown into a network of campuses, education centres and partnerships spanning the globe. With approximately 60,000 students (and 250,000 almuni) from over 170 countries, Monash is today Australia's largest university.
The University now offers a broad selection of courses within 10 faculties: Art and Design; Arts; Business and Economic; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Science.
Monash seeks to achieve excellence in research and education through a cross-disciplinary, multi-campus, multi-nation approach. With national boundaries becoming less important, the University believes that its graduates need to understand different cultures, economies and working practices, and that the work of the university's researchers is advanced through collaborations with their counterparts around the world. Developing understanding of Europe, and close connections with its institutions, is an important part of this approach. Through its presence in Europe, Monash ensures these connections translate into initiatives that benefit students, researchers and the host countries.
The Monash University Prato Centre was officially opened on September 17, 2001 at Palazzo Vaj in the heart of Prato's Centro Storico (historical centre). Monash secured this location with support from the Region of Tuscany and the local government of Prato. The Centre's establishment was assisted by the generosity of Rino and Diana Grollo, for whom the Centre's major conference and performance room is named.
Being close to several of Europe's most significant cities and esteemed institutions, the Prato Centre seeks to:
Monash University Prato Centre
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