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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The Portal uses individual stories of meditative transformation to suggest a bigger change is possible. Supplied

The Portal review: can meditation change the world?

A new film contends that meditation can transform us from individuals in chaos to calm beings - and in turn change the world.
Women’s perceptions of ‘gender linked fate’ were contingent on two dimensions: their race and their marital status. Shutterstock

Why white married women are more likely to vote for conservative parties

Women are swinging elections in the US and Australia in ways analysts have struggled to predict. Two recent studies can help explain.
Thousands of students staged protests across the country against proposed changes to the criminal code and a new law that weakened the country’s anti-corruption commission. EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji

A requiem for Reformasi as Joko Widodo unravels Indonesia’s democratic legacy

Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs may have to take notice of their workers’ complaints. Aaron Schwarz / Shutterstock

Revenge of the moderators: Facebook’s online workers are sick of being treated like bots

Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.
While hepatitis B can’t be cured in the same way hepatitis C can, effective treatment is available. From shutterstock.com

In contrast to Australia’s success with hepatitis C, our response to hepatitis B is lagging

Curing thousands of Australians with hepatitis C is one of the public health success stories of recent years. We can take lessons from this as we continue in the fight against hepatitis B.
The Chinese-Australian artist Guan Wei is on display in a new exhibition at the MCA. The centre piece of the exhibition is the 18x6m mural Feng Shui (2004). Guan Wei, Feng Shui, 2004, acrylic on composite board. Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Cromwell Diversified Property Trust, 2017. Image courtesy and © the artist

Guan Wei review: feng shui for a vision of a world in harmony

Guan Wei's art, now on display at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, crosses both Chinese and Australian cultures, working together in harmony, best described as an aspect of feng shui.
Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry. Dave Hunt/AAP

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use it

Labor will not win an election by cozying up to coal or weakening its climate target. Instead, it must find the common ground uniting workers in the cities and the regions - job insecurity.
The Australian Ballet, here performing Monument, is one of the 29 Major Performing Arts companies whose funding is guaranteed. Artists are calling for these 29 organisations to lose their special status. Lukas Coch/AAP

Just 29 companies receive 59% of Australia Council funding. Artists are calling for a change

Among growing feelings of despair in the Australian arts sector, more than 700 leading artists and arts-workers have signed a petition calling for the Major Performing Arts framework to be abolished.
The evidence shows permanent housing, like the Fitzroy housing estate, is the best and most cost-effective way to reduce homelessness. Kate Shaw

Shh! Don’t mention the public housing shortage. But no serious action on homelessness can ignore it

It's time to tackle the shortage of public housing head-on, rather than skirt around the problem. Public housing is the single most cost-effective way to turn around the rise in homelessness.
Sea Line Park, one of the shortlisted entries in the competition to design a new park for the Melbourne of 2050. Future Park Design Ideas Competition

Why we need ‘crazy’ ideas for new city parks

Some might scoff at the free-ranging ideas sparked by a competition to design future parks for Melbourne. But the legacy of a radical idea to green a CBD street in 1985 shows why we need such thinking.
The itchiness of hives or urticaria can severely affect people’s quality of life, particularly if symptoms last or antihistamines don’t work. from www.shutterstock.com

What are hives, the common skin condition that gives you itchy, red bumps?

Hives are incredibly common and most people find antihistamines help relieve this itchy skin rash. But for some, hives persist, so they have to try other treatments.

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