Professor Glyn Davis AC
Located in Parkville on the fringe of Melbourne's central business district, the University of Melbourne has been a leading centre of higher education and research in Australia for 160 years.
The University's high rankings in independent international surveys reflect its strong research performance, excellence in learning and teaching and the intellectual and social capital. In the prestigious 2012 Times Higher Education rankings of the world's top 200 universities, Melbourne jumped nine places to be ranked in the top 30 universities in the world and number one in Australia.
Melbourne is also the leading Australian university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan rankings.
The University has about 49,000 students, including 12,600 international students from 129 countries, and 7,000 staff. It also has a culturally-diverse global community of more than 200,000 alumni of whom some 35,000 live overseas in more than 140 countries.
Melbourne's researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications and medical research. Melbourne scholars of particular international renown include Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and alumna and recent Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.
Researchers have long been engaged in world-changing research projects including the cochlear implant, or Bionic Ear, developed at the University's department of Otolaryngology. The University's research performance has also contributed to it being the home of an IBM Research and Development Centre and Stem Cells Australia (SCA). Today, University specialists are involved in the development of the first Bionic Eye.
Located within the prestigious medical research `Parkville Precinct', the University is affiliated with more than 120 discipline-specific research centres covering research fields as diverse as Public Policy and Asian Law through to Medical research centres focused on diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer.
Melbourne has one of the largest cohorts of graduate researchers in Australia with more than 4,800 PhD, research doctorate and masters by research candidates.
In 2008, the University made significant curriculum reforms, aligning its programs with the best European and North American models. Students now complete a broad undergraduate qualification which includes deep study in their field coupled with subjects from outside their faculty, giving them the chance to explore a broad range of subjects and opportunities. Students then go on to complete a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or enter the job market.
The University also contributes to Australia's cultural dynamism through programs such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Asialink.