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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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The creation of something new involves not only creative leaps but also cognition, reasoning and expertise. Powderuns/Flickr

The creative process is more than one giant leap for humankind

Creativity is a concept we're all familiar with. But where does it come from? And do our intuitive understandings of creativity tally with what's really going on?
They came in like a wrecking ball… online firms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple have fundamentally changed the way we consume. But whose rights are protected? AAP Image/Julian Smith

Shift to online music underscores power of a handful of tech giants

The sheer market power concentrated in the hands of such few online companies represents a formidable hurdle to fair competition.

Newspoll and Ipsos have contradictory results

On Monday we had two polls from Ipsos and Newspoll that gave contradictory results. Previously Ipsos has been a Coalition-leaning pollster, so Labor’s 54-46 lead in this poll was a big surprise. However…

United Kingdom Election Preview

The United Kingdom election will be held on the 7 May. There are a total of 650 House of Commons seats, with members for each seat elected by the simple first past the post (FPTP) system, in which the…
Only a small proportion of Australians who use methamphetamines fall into a category of dependent users. Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Political fear-mongering just magnifies the harm ice can do

There is no doubt methamphetamine can cause harm. But when politicians hijack drug issues and overplay them for political purposes, that too can cause harm.
Ownership and location rules ensure that Australia’s pharmacy sector is protected from competition. Anders/Flickr

The right prescription: pharmacy sector in dire need of reform

Despite calls for reform to make the pharmacy sector more competitive, governments are loath to take on the quietly-powerful Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the professional body for pharmacists.
Pressuring kids to memorise obscure, low frequency words does not promote good learning. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Spelling bees don’t teach kids literacy, or much else

Channel Ten's newly announced show, The Great Australian Spelling Bee, may seem like a great platform for promoting literacy skills. But it is promoting the memorisation of pointless, low-frequency words rather than anything helpful.
The US proposes to meet its climate targets through regulation, including reducing carbon emissions from coal power plants by a third below 2005 levels. Cathy/Flickr

How the US’s post-2020 climate target could fit into a global deal

The United States' post-2020 climate target raises many questions for this year's global climate talks, and puts pressure on Australia to raise the stakes.
On many major issues, Labor’s Bill Shorten and the Liberals' Tony Abbott are essentially two wings of the same bird. AAP/Mick Tsikas

A challenged democracy: wicked problems and political failures

The crisis of public confidence in politics is not limited to Australia, but public disengagement, retail politics and lack of vision are crippling our ability to tackle long-term and wicked problems.
Whether the Harper Review might stoke competition in the retail grocery sector remains to be seen. AAP/Dan Peled

Harper Review: a mixed basket for Coles and Woolworths

Supermarket giants are predictably opposed to Harper Review's effects test, but the report is a mixed bag when it comes to other retail competition issues.
RSPCA inspectors seized these dogs from one of the puppy farms that meet much of the pet shop industry demand. AAP/RSPCA

War of words: how cute puppies become 250,000 abandoned dogs

The pet industry meets 'demand' driven by the 'right' to own a puppy. Animal welfare advocates respond with a 'vigil' to mark the 'shameful' fate of 250,000 dogs abandoned each year.

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