Southern Cross University is a young and innovative multi-campus university with three main campuses located on Australia’s east coast at the Gold Coast in Queensland and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. It operates The Hotel School in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hayman Island in partnership with Mulpha Australia.

Southern Cross University has risen more than 50 places in the internationally renowned Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2024, placing in the top 660 institutions for the first time.

The University welcomes students from more than 50 countries and provides an inspiring and supportive learning environment for more than 20,000 students. Work placements and developing practical, industry-specific skills are a feature of the degrees it offers, as is hands-on learning in laboratories, field trips or through real-world projects.

A strong focus on industry and community collaboration produces engaged teaching and research outcomes across a broad range of disciplines. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are available in study areas that include science and health disciplines, law, engineering, education, humanities, creative arts, business and information technology. Specialist degrees in Indigenous knowledge, marine science, osteopathy, midwifery, speech pathology, naturopathy, pedorthics, podiatry and psychology, as well as a suite of double degrees, round out a rich academic portfolio.

The University is home to ten research centres, all with deep connections to the communities they serve and a commitment to research output that has global relevance, be it marine ecology, organic agriculture, plant and geoscience, adolescent development or flood mitigation. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding results with 23 research fields judged at or above world standard.


A few words from the Vice Chancellor of Southern Cross University

When Southern Cross University partnered with Mulpha Australia more than 30 years ago to launch The Hotel School, our vision was clear: to deliver world-class management training for the leaders of the hotel and hospitality industry.

Today, the drive and purpose of that vision has produced a network of influential alumni who lead hotel, travel and leisure enterprises across the globe.

Our academic programs are developed in collaboration with industry leaders. Practical training in hotels and tourism structures with mentorship from experienced management professionals forms a fundamental part of your course. This means you are not only well-prepared for the demands of this dynamic sector once you graduate, you already have professional networks in place and a robust foundation for your career success.

We are ranked in the world’s top 75 hospitality and tourism management universities by the prestigious Academic Rankings of World Universities. As a Southern Cross University student at The Hotel School, you will not only join a globally ranked university – you’ll be part of a brand that is synonymous with excellence in hotel and hospitality management around the world.

We invite you to build your future with us.

Professor Tyrone Carlin
Vice Chancellor
Southern Cross University