Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia, Adelaide.

Torrens University Australia is a private university (part of the Laureate International Universities network) that opened in 2014. It offers mostly postgraduate degrees in business and management, education and public health. Torrens supports online study with the help of study centres in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. If you've studied with Torrens, feel free to post a review and let people know about your experiences.

Torrens Rating

User Rating 2.84 (146 votes)
Comments Rating 2.35 (20 reviews)

Student Reviews

41 Responses

  1. Leah Rudman
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    The amount of mistakes and inconsistencies in something that you are paying huge money for at a masters degree level is very disappointing. I would not reccomend this university to anyone.

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    • Red
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      Grading system is not really fair, if you passed all the assessment and you get fail in the final exam, then the grade will you get in mark is failed even though the total of your final grade is passed. It’s very disappointing and it’s not really fair.

  2. Marcelo Parisi
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    Great University experience

    Great University at reasonable price. I half way through my Dual Master of Business Adm + Master of Global Project Management. As an engineer this course is adding great content to my knowledge and the university has supported me to get into the job market through their professional network (this is priceless). I researched about other universities but found their fees an absurd. Torrens has scholarships that made it possible for me to study.

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  3. Paulina
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    DON'T EVEN...

    So many issues with this university, cero student support, toilets must be cleaned once a week if ever, facilities are pretty and it seems like a great place to study. However, forget about ever getting any support or response to any emails or even calls, no one in the staff cares about the students. The only emails you will ever get a response from are the ones involving money. I had technical issues with my username and that didn’t allow me to do online quizzes which cause me to fail the class, it’s been 3 months and my case is still in review. Last year I had an emergency and had to go back home, tried to defer one trimestre, end up deferring the whole years as a result of their lack of response and organized processes. I would NEVER RECOMMEND this university.

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  4. dee
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    Lacking proper support

    Torrens university communication is like snail mail. If you need help or support forget it. lectures changing and some fumbling through collaboration not answering questions properly. Hard to complete assessments when you haven’t got proper support to learn. Lectures often dismissing concerns or questions. Some lectures are friendly and responsive but mostly they take way to long to get back to you. They say they are not available weekends but its hard to get a response during the week. Student support is also the same story. It took the student support 1.5 weeks to respond to me. That’s hopeless if you only have a few weeks to complete an assessment. Course content is enjoyable.

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  5. Oli
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    Waste of time

    Shocking university (well the Adelaide one is not sure about the others). Dont go here. Worst lecturers who are recycled from other unis after being sacked probably. NO communication, no help, and no teaching skills whatsever. Lecturers also come late to class nearly every time, cut it short, and also have huge breaks in the middle, meaning students dont get what they paid for. Waste of time and money. Very disappointed with this place. Cya later Torrens Uni. Absolute Joke.

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  6. Bernice Michel
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    Current student warning!

    Proceed with caution! I am currently seeking outside advice from the ombudsman because I have had NO support for my learning disabilities since enrolling and am halfway through a degree that has been such a joke. I am literally teaching myself – all coursework is out of date and SO archaic in design. Most lecturers are rude or non-responsive and some are VERY hard to understand, with extremely thick accents. Once of my lecturers, this trimester asked me not to email her with “so many questions” (there were two…about assessment dates) because she was “extremely busy studying her degree also… Literally. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY on a degree from this uni. You have been warned.

  7. Carlos
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    Unprofessional lecturer

    The University is great but, the lecturers (not all), only a couple of bad apples that really need their integrity checked because this particular one for my Social Media Content Management subject, she was TERRIBLE, she was hardly online, I am online student for a reason, I work full time in Government so online works well for me, I’ve been doing this for quite some time and many of my subjects completed were pass, credit, distinctions and this time it was a fail. This lecturer has no understanding and empathy towards online students who work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and she schedules collaborations on a week day at 3pm, OMG! who does that and think there will be no impact on students who work during these hours??? She is constantly checking with another lecturer on assignments, is she a trainee lecturer?? Her collaboration videos are straight off the power point that we already use on blackboard and no sound, seriously.what kind of collaboration is that, so unprofessional.

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  8. Sabrina
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    This university is my worst choice ever for my master degree. I even dont want to give one star.

    I highly recommended not taking any course from this university. The subject materials are poorly designed and inefficiency delivered to students. Also, when students complain the quality of the subject or inquire the explanation from the university, no one cares. Some of teachers are great but the rest of them are the worst. Unfairly marking on student papers. I have never got any fail subjects or low grade at UTS or even RMIT, but thanks to Torrens. I have no idea how they mark student’s paper but I believe that they just want to finish marking as soon as possible without carefully reading them. I am not regret after all to review bad about this university even I am still a student here.
    Future students need to be aware of this university and don’t be fool of its advertising.

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  9. Shwetali
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    Terrible Management team

    The University management is messed up. They took 3 months to reply to my application process. The University, Admission department and their representative all are disconnected from each other much to the disadvantage of the students.

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  10. rebecca Martin
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    Everything bad you imagine from a 'private university' only interested in $

    Rubbish- do not waste your time and money. A very bad experience on all levels in the past year.
    It was great when I first started with them on their inaugural year in 2015. They offered me a scholarship as I guess they wanted to get people on board, the lecturers were interesting and helpful.
    I had to defer my studies for pregnancy related condition, but started again 2018 and they have gone downhill dramatically with both the quality of the teaching, online learning experience and now they have enough people, couldn’t be bothered getting you back on board or trying to at least be helpful.
    Caroline from student enrolments needs to be replaced with someone maybe a bit more interested who can maybe replace ‘No we don’t don’t do that’ and then nothing else… with something like ‘let me get you someone who can help you’. TORRENS SUCKS!!!

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    • Luke Templeton
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      Dont judge a book by its cover

      As a non student looking for information I was greeted by Caroline on the phone. In all honesty I can say that although her course wasn’t the right fit for me, she did everything to make sure and guided my into the right options. That wasn’t my doing, that was hers. She asked questions, gave me advice and generally made me feel like this was possible. I feel at times that this whole applying is way over the top but Caroline was understanding and supportive. I think your assessment of her was maybe a tad unfair. I honestly thought she was kind and generous in her understanding. Everyone has a bad day, and you cant judge a book by its cover. As for the University, im still looking at applying and finding a fit that’s right for me. Your reviews are frightening and worth taking on board but your judgment of Caroline was unfair.

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  11. AAP
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    Ineffective Coursework for Design

    I have been studying Branded Fashion Design at TUA and would like others to know the significant issues in this course which make the course ineffective. The skills developed in this course are extremely limited and limiting.

    The issue is that assessment tasks, content delivery and course materials are not updated regularly. Assessment tasks don’t effectively address unit learning outcomes as they are extremely dated. Tutors and course administrators freely acknowledge that units are outdated and ineffective, but still students are forced to produce work that the tick boxes in the existing course structure. Elements in units that simply don’t work are run trimester after trimester. As a result, assignments are loaded with work for work’s sake. Unit outcomes are not met because significant portions of time is spent on work that ultimately does not produce effective, industry-ready skills. You sacrifice time on parts of the assessment that are important, that do meet learning outcomes, just to have something to hand in.

    We are literally taking 5+ years without a single significant alteration to course content.

    Because of this, units in this course are incredibly dense. The amount time time needed to complete all tasks in each assessment is excessive. Again, this is because assessment was written but not altered to remove some of this content or to address learning outcomes more efficiently. Each trimester, you need to study assessment criteria and weighted marks on each assignment to identify what tasks in an assignment to cut out. Each trimester, you need hand in incomplete work in order to meet deadlines making sure you minimise the resulting loss of marks. This, again, is because assessment tasks were never changed after they were conceived. Assignments are filled with work and a disproportionate amount of individual tasks that do not build skills.

    I would not recommend this design course for this reason and one other.

    The course emphasises technical documentation for outsourced sampling rather than hands-on garment construction as this is how industry operates. However, moving into industry, I have had SIGNIFICANT problems due to a lack of hands-on garment construction knowledge. At the simplest level, you are not taught to sew more above two basic, token subjects. In entering industry I’ve been expected to alter outsourced samples using complex sewing techniques. To assist in product development, I have had to research and seek outside help to gain the knowledge I did not get in this course. I was an extremely high achieving student in this course and I left without the skills to pattern, cut or sew a basic t-shirt.

    If you are considering this course, please look more closely at it than I did. Older courses from more reputable institutions with a history of delivering fashion courses are far more effective at building the skills you need to succeed.

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  12. Shey
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    Masters of Hospitality Management.. can someone pls help.

    Hi, Thank you all for this pros and Cons about Torrens University. I am going to study Masters in Hospitality Management. Can someone please tell if you have studied here how is the experience of their hospitality sector. It will be very helpful for me as i am an International Student who values the money as they charge very high fees from us.

  13. Kasia Truong
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    Ask for master of business information system at Torrens University

    Hi there,
    My husband intend to apply for Master of Business Information System at Torrens Sydney campus. I read all the reviews above and saw both of negative and positive comments. If you guys experienced the master course at Torrens, Please give me some advices.
    Thank you a lot.

  14. Satish prasad poudel
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    Master of design ( advanced )

    Absolte “ No “ to international students . A university who enroll international students should be able enough to provide service so that no one have to face visa issues . The university should be supportive enough because it is also a pathway for so many international students to gain post study work visa . And i wish nobody has to go through what i went through at this university .

    I already hold a master of Design degree from this university and was doing my master of design advanced . I had to extend my visa to do so . But the university took forever to enroll me . I needed additional letter specifying i was enrolled and paid my fees but i never got it before my visa expired so i had to apply for my extended visa with only COE.

    I was only enrolled into my subject after 4 week of course commencement . And blackboard access only on week 6 . This meant i had to finish 12 week project in 7 week as i got tangled with the enrollment thing . I went to classes despite not getting enrolled but was hard to concentrate and study well . I couldnot even take extensions because my visa thing wasnot sorted . Despite all the struggle and panstacking studying load i delivered a high level of final output taking help from whereever possible so that i will pass the subject .

    But at last i was marked failed reasoning that i had gap in my 12 week progress and didnot have enough evidence to support the high quality work submitted .

    I was left stunned when i got the result . Disappointed , frustrated , angry .Choosing torrens university was my biggest mistake because now without passing that subject my all pathways are closed to get post study work visa and gain few years experience here in australia .

    Currently i have done a formal complaint about my result and hoping for a positive result out of it .

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    • Aman
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      Hello satish, I applied for this uni for the same course but your Comment made me change my mind, Thank you but please clear the doubts if the uni is still in the same way or is it changed?

  15. John Haddow
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    Very Good

    I’m undertaking the MBA (Technology Management) at TUA and have completed 11/12 subjects. Like anything an life (and tertiary education is no different) you get out of it what you put in. This is not going to be presented to you on a plate. This will take considable personal time and effort – which to me was the entire point – and yes there will be bumps in the road but you work through them.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything. All support staff were fantastic and subject facilitators extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

    So all in all a very satisfactory experience.

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  16. Cecilia
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    I am enrolled at Torrens University. I am completely annoyed and frustrated with this school as very irresponsible and inefficient. I gave them an original copy of my transcript of records a month ago and they have told me several times that they have posted it and after 2 weeks found out they never posted it. Its been 2 weeks again and it usually takes 3 days to send it thru post. They have continuously been lying to me. How can you trust this university when they cannot even be honest about simple things. The transcript of records is very important as that is my only origin al copy and that is from overseas. VERY IRRESPONSIBLE SO PLEASE AVOID THIS UNIVERSITY

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  17. Louise
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    very happy so far

    I personally really like this uni and have had a great experience so far. Torrens is very different to traditional universities. If you’re looking for an ‘old school’ tertiary experience, Torrens is not for you and it would probably leave you feeling disappointed. It’s a new university so I was unsure about it’s reputation- so far, so good!

    The course in Aesthetics places emphasis on industry connectedness and provides a really fantastic learning platform. Lecturers are really knowledgeable and helpful, and the culture is really great at the Brisbane campus and there are always lots of great events to attend

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  18. Rachel Doig
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    Diploma of nutrition..

    I’m studying a diploma a nutrition with Torrens and they have been really good my lecturer for human nutrition one really wants us to pass having posted extra collaborative sessions on how to pass and what to do in report writing ect so some are very helpful.. great content very interesting and have no regrets about signing up for this course..

    • Kaitlyn
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      Hey Rachel, I am interested in doing this diploma and was wondering if I could ask you some questions about it! 🙂

  19. Hari Mishra
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    Good experience so far

    I am studying Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance) since September 2015 and its been a good learning experience so far. I am studying at the Rocks Campus and I am happy with the lecturers and the course materials. Yes, the library is preety smaller as compared to other unis, smaller Cafeteria, no ECAs like sports or music but you get what you pay for. I have friends at other UNIs and I have compared my course materials with them. Overall, I am satisfied weighing quality and cost of the course.

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  20. Patricia
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    If you have money don't waste it here

    The price is why everyone goes to this uni, I just want to let you know that on the Master Degree in Professional Accounting (Advanced), my classmates and myself raised our voice with lots and lots of complains to the director and guess what, she accused us of being the ones who are lazy, instead of taking our complains about how bad were the lecturers. Just to let you guys thinking when I asked the lecturer of Financial Accounting theory and practice: “would you please tell me when are we covering the topic Impairment of Assets, that this module is saying we’re covering?” she answered “don’t worry if you know depreciation you will be fine”, as a professional in accounting I just wanted to cry, how could a professional on accounting like that be teaching. Agree with all the comments, so far I can’t even remember how many times I’ve had to submit complains or fight for my grades, because now the lecturers and coordinators have a mission, make us fail so we get unfair grades, they’re making the assessments hard to do and they don’t follow the rubrics to mark your assessment, it’s just horrible, If I just had more money to change of uni I would have done it long ago. But we all know what being an international student in this country means, getting exploit at work, trying to make a minimum standards living.

    • Addie Girixx
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      Hey!I was thinking of applying in this uni for MPA aswell.What would you recommend me?

      • Karuna
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        I’m also planning to apply for MPA but now I’m confused what to do🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

        • Scott
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          Real University

          Torrens University is not a real university. It is a scheme to fool international students and take their money. Avoid at all cost. Go to an established Australian university.

  21. Jeff
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    Online MBA course review

    I am reading both positive and poor comments about this university with interest, I then read a number of other major university reviews to see if there were many positive or negative reviews. To my surprise, most were negative reviews for most institutions. My review is based on my personal experience and isn’t influenced by other reviews but I do want to address a number of issues.

    I undertook an online Master of Business Administration after completing a Bachelor of Training and Development at the University of New England. I was pretty happy with this university but didn’t want to just take the next step without due diligence. I researched a number of business schools to see what they were willing to offer and some were arrogant in their attitude and some were willing to negotiate. As a new university, Torrens were willing to discuss credits and they had the scholarship options. I only wanted online as I am employed full time and not willing to forsake employment for education at my age.

    Whilst a risk existed with a new university, I believed the benefits of credits and scholarship discounts outweighed the negatives. This is yet to be proven as Torrens University has no track record and future employers may shun graduates if they feel their training isn’t up to the required standard. My online experiences over the journey were mostly positive, as an online student I didn’t attend lectures and didn’t have the issues regarding lectures that I have read about in other reviews.

    I supplemented the readings and course work with a library of reference books I purchased and borrowed from the library to support my learning so I had multiple sources of content. The units covered the core material of university textbooks, the online discussions were a form of learning and collaboration so I’m reasonably happy the course content was to MBA standard. A number of the case studies were sourced from Harvard University so one expects this to be pretty much the standard for case studies.

    I found the facilitators with the exception of only one to be knowledgeable, helpful and reliable. Such facilitators enhance the learning experience although it appears the facilitators don’t have the ability to update the content on Blackboard. I did have a number of issues with content from former trimesters not being updated, the dates sometimes didn’t match up either and I got behind a couple of times and raced ahead too.

    We started with Vitalshelf Bookshop and whilst I would prefer hard copy reference books, I understand people younger than myself were happy with eBooks. In some units we had trouble accessing online eBooks after Vitalshelf Books were no longer used and I searched for online pdf versions of the required text and printed to hard copy. This issue really needs to be addressed and although it didn’t affect me, I could understand other people being disadvantaged.

    In reflection, I was happy with the course that was delivered online and I felt the course content met the required standards. As stated, the reputation of the university isn’t established so I don’t know if the qualification is accepted in mainstream business at time of writing. I did take a risk undertaking study at an unknown institution but with the credits and scholarship savings I received a reasonable online course at pretty good value for money as compared to the cost other institutions were offering.

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  22. Leila
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    Very disappointed

    Absolutely terrible. Lectures are short (15 min – 1 hour), teachers read lectures without explanation. Many links to youTube and other sources with the repetitive information, instead of quality lectures. Wasting of time. Information in the course is not related to my carrera path – they just filling content to make up subjects. Very very disappointed.

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    • Ozbloke36
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      Sorry but you were not very specific as lectures being 15 min – 1 hour are not short. 15 min videos for example are ideal as beyond this people start to lose focus, however do you mean if you go into the university they are so short in total for the week or what do you mean?

      My course on nutrition had the same links, however I find the youtube people able to explain things much better than most lecturers. (However I am not disagreeing with you on this as the universities lecturers should be able to do the same, just looking for clarification) .

      Our lecturer for example had so many spelling mistakes and such a heavy accent we couldn’t understand him in his videos so we read the text instead. His feedback had many many spelling mistakes and then had the hide to attempt to mark us down for some that were not even there.

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  23. Withheld
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    Investigations should be done for legitimacy of university.

    Terrible uni no one seems to know who the lecturers are how to contact people doesn’t seem a legit university.

  24. Amanda Ward
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    More reviews requested

    These reviews are either absolutely wonderful or absolutely terrible. Can anyone give me a possible explanation for the discrepancy? Is there the possibility that the good reviews are planted by the business owners? Or are the bad reviews just the typical whingers? I would be very grateful to find out what staff and students make of these polar opposite assessments.

    • Carlos Ortiz
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      Hi Amanda,
      I had same concerns just like you. I’m currently studying there (I’m an international student, doing an MBA) but, apparently comments depend on the course. I found that most of the comments linked to the MBA course are good and, apparently, were made for people who did study there and have interesting professional profiles. You can have a look at their LinkedIn profiles. (Chris Nicholls, Sigrid Frede)

      At this moment and as a personal opinion, I just finished my first trimester, everything went well, lecturers have Doc degrees, most of the material is interesting, so far I think it has a reasonable quality based on what you pay.

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  25. Neleh
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    I enrolled in the Diploma of Beauty and Spa practice course this year being delivered via correspondance – at first I thought this was great. Beauty treatments are taught through youtube video clips and you are meant to be ‘industry ready’ with 3 days practical training/assessment. The online sessions went from being very thorough in weeks 1 & 2 (about an hour) to sometimes only 15 minutes of rushed presentation. The course itself incorporates many of the aesthetics subjects in an attempt to get one to sign on to complete their bachelor of health science aesthetics degree afterward. If you want to be industry ready for a career as a beauty Therapist or Aesthetician – then I would not recommend this course at all. Highly disappointing.

    • Kim
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      I find it interesting you say that. I completed the diploma in 2016 and am currently enrolled in the bachelor (which has been great so far). Everyone in my graduating diploma class found work within 12 months of graduating, and many had jobs while we were still studying.

  26. Sergio
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    I guess theMBA course is good and in my view same to other major unies such as RMIT, Deakin, Swinburne. I found the experience quite rewarding and the knowledge i have received easily applicable in my business life. Many good lecturers with great research background and doctoral qualifications
    Overall, good!

  27. Jeremiah
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    A frustratingly poor university. I completed my undergrad at USyd and began my MBA with Torrens. They aren’t a university. They are basically a TAFE. Ostensibly, the courses are watered down and each and every moment seems to be targeting the final assessment. From the very first moment all one hears about is the assignment coming up, all of the readings are explicitly about the assignments and we are encouraged not to look at anything else as ‘The course material is sufficient for the assessment’; in other words, just summarise what you have been given. Torrens really does seems to be just a TAFE targeting international students. Far too much of my time was spent listening to words being translated from English into a multiplicity of other languages. I would avoid. There are far easier ways to get a piece of paper if you don’t want the knowledge that comes with it.

    • Question
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      What is the easier method of getting the piece of paper? I genuinely want to know (not that I’d take the route), but I’m interested now due to the fact you have stated as such.

  28. Sigrid Frede
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    The MBA at Torrens has a focus on complex decision making in global markets which is directly relevant for me with my role at the South Australian Tourism Commission. All staff and facilitators are extremely helpful and go out of their way to provide the students with the individual support they require. With Torrens being recognised globally through the Laureate group this not only provides me with access to world class global resources and research but will also help me to progress my career back in Europe, if so desired. I particularly enjoy the flexibility provided from a hybrid model. This unique combination and ability to interact with students online and face to face enabled me to build valuable new networks and has made my learning experience very rewarding so far. I was also very honoured to have been chosen for the World Business Forum ambassadorship program and represent Torrens University at a world leading conference. This was a unique opportunity to learn and network not only with TUA staff and students but also hear first hand from the most brilliant minds in strategy, marketing, innovation and leadership. And now on Thursday 24th July 2014 I will be able to attend Bill Clinton’s official launch of Torrens University in Adelaide and hear him speak about global education. In my mind, no doubt the university lives up to its values and commitments of providing hands on world class education.

  29. Darren
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    I’m one of the inaugural students enrolled in the HDR program and so far the experience has been great. There were a few delays in the startup phase of the University but it is well and truly rolling along now. This is one to watch- I think it’s going to make it’s mark very quickly.

  30. Chris Nicholls
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    I commenced with Torrens University Australia (TUA) in Jan 2014 having transferred from RMIT in Melbourne where I originally commenced my MBA Course. The decision was an excellent one and I have no regrets to date.

    For an MBA student, I have found that TUA offers a more disciplined and focused approach to business learnings and not simply academic learnings as is the case with so many other universities.

    A prime example is TUA’s exclusive access to the World Business Forum 2014 recently held in Sydney where selected students were given an opportunity to act as Ambassadors to the various key-note speakers.

    I was privileged to be assigned to Harvard Business School’s, Professor Michael Porter, as his Speaker’s Assistant coordinating his Australian itinerary, key note address, media requirements and meetings with Australian industry leaders.

    It is not often university students are given such access to such global industry representatives and learn first-hand how they operate. This experience alone has been the highlight of my studies and one I will never forget.

    TUA’s subject material is well designed and the delivery of the lectures has been positively received by students as well.

    I can strongly recommend TUA as an option for those considering external and on-campus tertiary studies.

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