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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John Howard’s Coalition won the November 2001 election, but the September 11 attacks had more impact on that outcome than the Tampa crisis. AAP/Dean Lewins

2001 polls in review: September 11 influenced election outcome far more than Tampa incident

It is often thought that the Tampa incident won John Howard the 2001 election, but an analysis of polling from the time shows the September 11 attacks had a far bigger impact on voting intentions.
Women who have been victims of domestic abuse may experience depression, anxiety and substance abuse, among other psychological impacts. From shutterstock.com

How domestic violence affects women’s mental health

There is a clear link between women who have experienced domestic violence and mental illness. This link needs to be better addressed in mental health services.
Testosterone is primarily made in the testes, and creates many of the characteristics we see in adult men. from www.shutterstock.com

You need more than just testes to make a penis

Disorders affecting penis development are among the most common birth defects seen in humans, and rates are on the rise.
Treating somebody at risk of developing a mental health disorder may improve their outcomes later on. Jeremy Perkins/Unsplash

For people at risk of mental illness, having access to treatment early can help

Early intervention is a proven way to address the burden of mental ill health. We just need to better understand who is at risk of developing a mental disorder – and how best to treat them.
Residents evacuated from the Neo200 building in Melbourne were unaware of the fire risk posed by its cladding. Ellen Smith/AAP

Don’t overlook residents’ role in apartment building safety

As more and more Australians live and work in high-rise buildings, their responsibilities and roles in ensuring all occupants' safety must not be neglected.
An 1808 painting by Marie-Gabrielle Capet titled Atelier of Madame Vincent, showing Labille-Guiard at work (centre) as Capet fills her palette. Wikimedia Commons

Hidden women of history: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, prodigiously talented painter

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard was a supremely skilled artist. But like so many talented women before and since, she suffered from snide allegations that she could not be capable of such brilliance.
Victorian Governor Linda Dessau places a flower on a model of Victoria at a memorial service for the ten-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires. David Crosling/AAP

What has Australia learned from Black Saturday?

The Black Saturday fires transformed the way Australia responds to bushfires.
A still from Dennis O'Rourke’s 1988 documentary Cannibal Tours. O'Rourke was part of a surge in Australian documentary making during the 1980s and 90s. Institute of Papua New Guinea Studios

Where are the in-depth documentaries calling to account the institutions that are failing us?

At a time when formulaic factual 'content' reigns on our TV screens, a new essay on Australian documentary making is a rallying call for those who believe the genre can effect social change.
A supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, in August 2018. The prospect of prices doubling every hour encourages those who can afford it to horde. Hence the empty shelves and shortages. Miguel Gutiérrez/EPA

What caused hyperinflation in Venezuela: a rare blend of public ineptitude and private enterprise

Venezuela's political crisis is rooted in its unfolding economic disaster. It takes a special blend of public and private behaviour to create rampant hyperinflation.

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