In 1971, Griffith was created to be a new kind of university—one that offered new degrees in progressive fields such as Asian studies and environmental science. At the time, these study areas were revolutionary—today, they're more important than ever. Since then, we’ve grown into a comprehensive, research-intensive university, ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide. Our teaching and research spans five campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 120,000 graduates extends around the world. Griffith continues the progressive traditions of its namesake, Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, who was twice the Premier of Queensland, the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and the principal author of the Australian Constitution. Set amongst native bushland and located just minutes from the pristine beaches of the famous Gold Coast, this comprehensive campus plays host to over 16,500 students from all over Australia and the world. Widely acknowledged for its strengths in Health, Griffith's Gold Coast Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the $136 million Griffith Health Centre, co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital. Students can relax at a campus cafe, and enjoy extensive sporting facilities, including an Olympic-standard athletics track, a gym and basketball and tennis courts. There are many handy services right on campus, such as banking, post, medical, welfare and student guild services. On-campus accommodation is available and assistance can be provided with finding off-campus accommodation.