University of Melbourne

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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Director James Cameron at the launch of the 3D version of Titanic. EPA/Franck Robichon

OMG Titanic was like for realz #wtf

Trending on Twitter this week has been Gen Y shock and awe that Titanic isn’t just the name of a film. Apparently someone has accidentally stumbled onto the fact that the Titanic story was a tad more than…
Universities are centres of research… but what kind of research? flickr/pcgn

A question universities need to answer: why do we research?

Fundamentally, there are two big motives for research. On the on hand there is intellectual ambition: the desire to know and understand the word, to appreciate the best that has been said and thought on…
Shamed senior police officer Mark Standen is lead away from King St Supreme Court after being found guilty of attempting to import a massive haul of pseudoephedrine. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Good cop, bad cop: how corrupt police work with drug dealers

The Australia21 report on illicit drugs draws much-needed attention to many serious issues, including the major role played by corrupt police in drug distribution networks. The role played by drugs in…
A strong health system can balance public and private care – just look at Australia. AAP

Private sector reforms don’t spell the end of the NHS

After a long, painful political and legislative process, the United Kingdom’s Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition government has finally been given the green light to proceed with its National Health…
Aung San Suu Kyi has called her party’s landslide victory in Burma’s recent elections, a “triumph of the people.” EPA/Barbara Walton

Burma after Aung San Suu Kyi’s election victory

The by-elections held throughout Burma/Myanmar on 1 April initially look to have produced a stunning result for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It was stunning…
A food system designed for profits still works well when people go hungry. We need a different system. AAP

Food fight: the battle for justice from paddock to plate

Recent reports of a “salt-tolerant” wheat claimed the plant would “help tackle food shortages due to soil salinity”. Saline soils, and other types of land degradation, are indubitably a problem across…
Almost 90% of the world now has access to drinking water, but there is still a long way to go. barefoot photographers of tilonia/flickr

Is this progress? Watering down the Millennium Development Goals

Did you hear about the latest success for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? Don’t be ashamed to say no – most of the world missed it with you. So what happened? You’ll remember that the MDGs are…
Researchers have found that rare mutations in XRCC2 increase the risk of breast cancer. Robert S Donovan

Revealed: another piece of the breast cancer gene puzzle

You’ve probably heard of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – the genes that, when mutated, markedly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. We’ve also known for a while that a handful of other genes also increase…
New therapies that haven’t yet been clinically proven may still be used ethically under certain circumstances. Juraj Kubica

Eminence or evidence? The ethics of using untested treatments

TRANSPARENCY AND MEDICINE – A series examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health…
Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organisation Director-General, will need to closely observe China’s export policy on rare earths. AAP

The WTO, China and rare earths: where to from here?

Recent complaints to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the US, EU and Japanese governments against China have highlighted once again the difficulties facing the largest trading partners in the global…
Do confusing videogame controllers prevent you from gaming? They shouldn’t. Jeff the Trojan

Everyone’s invited … so why aren’t more of us gaming?

To the uninitiated, videogames have a bit of a reputation for being a difficult media form. A control pad, for such people, can be a cold and grey device covered with alien buttons, intimidating and unwelcoming…
Former ALP Minister Barry Jones says the party needs significant reform. AAP

The decay of the political process

Queensland has developed a tradition of political swings that are far greater than the national average. Labor held only one Queensland House of Representatives seat in 1975 and in 1996 only two. The major…
Arsenic in contaminated soil can be absorbed and have long-term health consequences. hoyasmeg

Soil arsenic from mining waste poses long-term health threats

Exposure to arsenic in soil and gold mining waste may have contributed to a slight increase in past cancer risk in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in the Goldfields region of Victoria, according…

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