University of Melbourne

Founded in 1855
7 Campuses
36,627 Students
6,170 Staff
Joined U21 in 1997

The University of Melbourne opened in 1855 as Victoria’s first university and Australia’s second. Now a multi-campus university of over 36,000 students its main campus is a focus of the City of Melbourne’s ‘Knowledge Precinct’ and the prestigious medical research precinct, the ‘Parkville Strip’. In 2003 the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its establishment with a program of events within Australia and overseas, under the themes of ‘A Sense of History’ and ‘Giving to Students and the Community.’

Today Melbourne is recognised internationally for its academic and research excellence and its leadership in linking with industry in research centres of strategic national importance —including partnerships in 22 Cooperative Research Centres and a founding partnership in Bio21, a major biotechnology precinct, supported by the Victorian Government.

The University maintains its position as Australia’s leading research university, based on all of the Australian Government’s four key indices of university research performance. Melbourne’s cultural connections include the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Alumni are leaders in politics and public service, major contributors to the arts, sciences and the professions, and winners of Nobel and Australia Prizes.

A commitment to internationalisation, and specifically to Universitas 21, is central to the University’s ‘Melbourne Agenda’ - a strategic vision that aims to position Melbourne internationally as a superb campus-based research and teaching university.

The University of Melbourne has 11 faculties offering a diversity of humanities, science and professional degrees, a School of Graduate Studies and the Melbourne Business School. It is home to over 8000 international students and many Melbourne students also choose to study overseas, earning credit towards their Melbourne degrees. Each year Melbourne Scholarships - many equity-based – provide study opportunities for around 3000 high-achieving students. A university of choice for high achieving students both within Australia and internationally, Melbourne places major emphasis on the quality of students’ ‘Melbourne Experience’. Melbourne seeks to provide a campus environment and a rewarding learning experience supported by a powerful mix of face-to-face teaching with newer online technologies and pedagogies, sophisticated multimedia learning tools and high-quality teaching and learning infrastructure. At the postgraduate level, the student experience is enhanced through Melbourne’s combination of a School of Graduate Studies and a Postgraduate Students’ Association working together in the dedicated Graduate Centre.

The University has successfully expanded its main campus, situated on the edge of Melbourne’s central business district, with the adjacent University Square development which includes a purpose-built Law School and ICT Building, and an award winning energy efficient building accommodating research and development related activities. Twelve University residential colleges and halls of residence are located close to the campus.

Carmel Murphy, Executive Director, International