The University of Melbourne is Australia’s second oldest university, established in 1853. It now has an enrolment of almost 45,000 students, of whom around 15,000 are postgraduates and just over 10,000 come from overseas. Melbourne is a highly ranked, research-intensive university with a strong international reputation through its world-wide alumni and a focused portfolio of bilateral partnerships with some of the world’s best universities.
The University’s main campus is situated in the suburb of Parkville, just north of Melbourne’s City Center, and houses twelve faculties as well as central administration, residential colleges, sporting facilities, museums and libraries. The campus is also located in the heart of one of the world’s most concentrated precincts of biomedical research with medical research institutes, hospitals and private sector knowledge-based industries. The University’s outstanding track record in research and development is exemplified in a number of internationally recognized successes.
In 2005, the University adopted a new and unique approach to learning and teaching, the Melbourne Model, drawing on a recognized need for breadth as well as depth in undergraduate education and establishing graduate schools in a number of subject areas to provide first-class professional and research higher degree education. The University of Melbourne is the only Australian university to adopt such a reform.