Professor Duncan Maskell
The University of Melbourne is the leading centre of higher education and research in Australia. Founded in 1853, it’s situated in the heart of the world’s most liveable city and part of the largest biomedical precinct in the southern hemisphere.
With a strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching, and intellectual and social capital, the University is consistently positioned with the world’s leading universities and currently ranked number one in Australia and number 32 in the world. (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017/Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
The University’s Melbourne Model is a globally competitive curriculum coupling broad undergraduate studies with postgraduate specialisation. With a growing tendency for graduates to explore multiple career paths, this innovative study experience provides students with a wider understanding of the world beyond their degree. Equipped with a breadth and depth of knowledge, Melbourne alumni are flexible, adaptable and ready for any future, with 97 per cent of undergraduate and 98 per cent of postgraduates employed three to five years after graduating.
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 microbiologist and immunologist Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, and molecular biologist Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.
The University has long been engaged in world-changing projects including the cochlear implant (or Bionic Ear) and, today, is involved in multi-disciplinary and collaborative efforts to develop the first Bionic Eye. The University’s strong links with industry are epitomised by its co-location in Melbourne’s vibrant biomedical and innovation precincts, home to some of the world’s most dynamic and forward-thinking local and international organisations including Bio21, Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, CSIRO, Defence Science Institute, Peter Doherty Institute, Engineers Australia, Florey Institute, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Save the Children, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre – to name but a few.
Inspiring arts and culture
The University of Melbourne boasts an impressive host of museums and galleries, exploring everything from contemporary art, classics and archaeology, medical and dental history, to music and the sciences.