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The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised, research-intensive university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement spanning more than 160 years.

Its outstanding performance in international rankings puts the University of Melbourne at the forefront of higher education globally. It is ranked number 1 in Australia by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 28th worldwide. Melbourne’s position as Australia’s top University has also been reaffirmed in the 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings, in which it has moved up three places from last year, to equal 54th in the world and third in the Asia-Pacific.

The University is uniquely located on the fringe of the city of Melbourne’s central business district. It serves as a hub for the Parkville research precinct – one of the world’s leading centres of medical and biotechnological research – and is a vital part of surrounding neighbourhoods such as cosmopolitan Carlton.

About 50,000 of the best and brightest students from around the globe come to study at the University of Melbourne.


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General relativity isn’t only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there’s a beauty in its elegance.

The art and beauty of general relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity is a triumph of reason and imagination, of art and science, with a profound beauty of its own.
The government has agreed to a push from Professor Ian Harper for a new competition policy body. AAP/Lukas Coch

Turf wars loom over new competition policy body

The federal government will implement Harper's much-pushed for recommendation for a new competition policy body - but how its fits with other regulators is uncertain.
Intergenerational mentoring benefits both older and younger colleagues, as well as their employers. Marcin Balcerzak/from

Tackling hidden issues for older workers delivers wide-ranging returns

Many hidden obstacles confront Australia's older workers, so what workplace changes can be made to maximise the benefits and reduce the problems of an ageing population?

A plain-language guide to the UN climate talks

What’s happening? Every year the United Nations holds a climate change summit. This year’s summit is in Paris from November 30 to December 11. The summit is supposed to clinch a new deal to address climate…
Publishers need to stop indulging in apocalyptic fantasies of doom and destruction. Kevin O'Mara

Parallel importation and Australian book publishing: here we go again

The Australian government yesterday announced it intends to repeal parallel importation restrictions on books, which has again caused concern in the publishing industry. But, really, what's the problem?
Small solar panel installations can provide electricity and jobs, while not adding to emissions. Manukrishna CK/Praveen R/Wikimedia Commons

India is focused on energy and poverty, but it can still sign a global climate deal

Much of India's huge population is still without electricity, perhaps making climate action a tough sell. But India's vision for green development chimes well with the world's climate agenda.
The rapid rise of connectivity is transforming the interactions between people and all the elements that make up a city. Rae Allen/flickr

A city thrives on connectedness but access all hours makes privacy a problem

City dwellers have better access to more information about the people and places around them than ever before, but it has never been more difficult to preserve privacy as a result.
Australia’s current housing options are not future-proofed for its ageing population. shutterstock

How can we best design housing for Australia’s ageing population?

With a booming life expectancy, there is a need for collective, intergenerational discussion and ideas around how to better design housing in Australia’s communities and cities.
Social technologies could provide valuable opportunities for isolated older persons to stay connected to the world. shutterstock

Connecting online can help prevent social isolation in older people

Social isolation in old age is a significant social concern. It is linked to a range of health problems and, in extreme cases, it can lead to people growing old and dying alone.

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