About

The University of Melbourne

ABOUT

Established in 1853, The University of Melbourne is an international leader in research, learning and teaching – attracting students from more than 150 countries.

It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–2016).

Melbourne offers undergraduate degrees in nearly 100 major fields of study, as well as over 270 graduate courses available through our 18 graduate schools.

University of Melbourne teachers are renowned researchers and industry leaders recognised globally for their outstanding achievements.

Melbourne graduates are highly sought after by employers and industry across the world. Its graduates are academically excellent, knowledgeable across disciplines, fluent between cultures and active global citizens.

Employers know University of Melbourne graduates are highly skilled and job ready. Many of the world’s leading organisations personally visit Melbourne each year to recruit its students, many of whom secure their desired position within several months of completing their course. Or, even while they are still studying.

The University of Melbourne has a rich and fascinating past. Founded in 1853 two years after Victoria separated from New South Wales and the discovery of rich deposits of gold, the University was established to the north of Melbourne.

The University followed the ideals of mid-nineteenth century universities of secular education, with an emphasis on modern languages and literature, mathematics and natural science alongside classics and ancient history. From these foundations the University developed into new areas, offering Law from 1857, and Engineering and Medicine from 1852.

Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Nine Nobel Laureates have been students or academics, the most of any Australian university.

University of Melbourne researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications, climate change and medical research. Melbourne scholars of particular international renown include Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and alumna and Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.
The University has long been engaged in world-changing projects including the cochlear implant (or Bionic Ear) developed at the University’s Department of Otolaryngology.

Today, University researchers are intimately involved in the multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative efforts to develop the first Bionic Eye. Yielding impact through research partnerships, the University’s strong links with industry are epitomised by the co-location on campus of multinationals such as IBM and CSL.

The University also contributes to Australia’s cultural dynamism through programs such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and Asialink.

Contact: +(61 3) 9035 5511
Website: www.unimelb.edu.au


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