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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 revolution of the past three decades has not been kind to the people who have experienced the destruction of their industries, jobs and communities. AAP/Jessica Evans

The unmaking of the Australian working class – and their right to resist

Something similar to E.P. Thompson’s story of England in the first three decades of the 1800s has happened in Australia between the mid-1980s and today.
Rain approaching the Pinnacles in Western Australia – how best to understand what past climate change has had on the region? Flickr/Matt Brand

Digging deep into the past to see the future of climate change

Scientists are about to embark on a two month mission to find out how Australia and its reefs coped with climate change in the past, and therefore how it should cope with any future change.
Bright students might enjoy MOOC content, but do they deserve credits from their high school? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Should MOOCs be used as credit for high school?

While MOOCs can provide some great content, the teaching and assessment methods probably aren't appropriate for high school students.
In our era – like others – outrage and hyperbole seem to be par for the course. jenny downing

Moral panic is sown to make us scaredy-cats – that’s nothing new

In our era of 24-hour news, outrage and hyperbole seem to be par for the course. But as Sr John Madden's 1909 "gravest peril" speech illustrates, overblown moral panic, to fit an agenda, is nothing new.
The ALP’s national conference, held in Melbourne over the weekend, was Bill Shorten’s first as Labor leader. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

ALP national conference: experts respond

The Conversation’s experts respond to the ALP national conference on matters of asylum seekers, health, education, party reform and more.

TURC, Choppergate roughly cancel out in polls

The last two weeks have featured Bill Shorten’s appearance at the Trade Union Royal Commission (TURC), the government instructing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) not to invest in wind power…
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage. from www.shutterstock.com

Who’s on the outer? Uncovering poverty’s many faces

Measures of household wealth don't go far enough in identifying those most at risk of being excluded from society, or in explaining the level of exclusion they face.
A leader’s retreat between state premiers and prime minister Tony Abbott will centre around the GST. AAP/David Moir

Leaders debate the GST: what you need to know

Who supports increasing the GST and who is against it? What does 'regressive tax' mean? And who will be worse off? Our experts give the answers.

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