University of Melbourne

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Group.png University of Melbourne  
University of Melbourne coat of arms.png
MottoPostera Crescam Laude
HeadquartersMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
A large number of Australian leaders have studied here

The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria.[1] Its main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of Melbourne's central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.

Since 1872 various residential colleges have become affiliated with the university, offering accommodation for students and faculty, and academic, sporting and cultural programs. There are ten colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs.

The university comprises ten separate academic units and is associated with numerous institutes and research centres, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Grattan Institute.[2][3][4]


Old Quad, the original building of the University of Melbourne

Foundations of the university

The original University of Melbourne building, 1857, Victoria Illustrated collection, State Library Victoria.

The University of Melbourne was established following a proposal by Hugh Childers, the Auditor-General and Finance Minister, in his first Budget Speech on 4 November 1852, who set aside a sum of £10,000 for the establishment of a university.[5] The university was established by Act of Incorporation on 22 January 1853, with power to confer degrees in arts, medicine, laws and music. The act provided for an annual endowment of £9,000, while a special grant of £20,000 was made for buildings that year.[6]

The first chancellor, Redmond Barry (later Sir Redmond), held the position until his death in 1880. The inauguration of the university was made possible by the wealth resulting from Victoria's gold rush. The institution was designed to be a "civilising influence" at a time of rapid settlement and commercial growth.

The view of the Melbourne Law School, Business and Economics, The Spot and Alan Gilbert Building.

1980s – present

Expansion of the university increased significantly during the 1980s and 1990s, as the university amalgamated with a number of tertiary colleges. During this period, more students than ever had before attended the university. The university had expanded its student population to beyond 35,000 students.

In 2001, the Melbourne School of Population Health was established, the first of its kind in Australia, and continued the growth of the university. Work at the centre involved contributions from many disciplines, ranging from the social sciences to epidemiology. Health fields such as Indigenous, women's, mental, sexual, and rural health have all been researched at the centre.

A significant change in curriculum was established in 2008. The newly created model for education was developed, known at the university as The Melbourne Model. In this curriculum model, students firstly undertake a general bachelor's degree before specialising in either a professional or research graduate course.

Today over 8900 academic and professional staff work with the more than 52,000 students. The student population consists of more than 13,000 international students, from more than 130 countries.

In 2020, on-campus teaching was limited to selected placements as a result of social distancing restrictions imposed by the Victorian State Government as part of Covid-19. The majority of teaching was moved online during the first semester.[7]


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