The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.
Founded in 1853 two years after Victoria separated from New South Wales and the discovery of rich deposits of gold, the University was established to the north of Melbourne. – CONTRACT
Research, the first strand of Growing Esteem’s triple helix, is essential to the University’s goal of becoming one of the finest universities in the world. The University of Melbourne is committed to being a comprehensive research-intensive university able to draw on cross-disciplinary excellence in response to major social, economic and environmental challenges.
To this end, the University has established a portfolio of Melbourne Research Institutes, drawing on the breadth of the University’s research activity. Each of the five Institutes addresses a complex societal challenge of strategic importance. The Institutes foster connections within and external to the University, provide leadership in the pursuit of important solutions, and showcase the diverse research programs taking place across the University. The Institutes program will continue to expand, made possible by the University’s great research strength and breath, as reflected annually in national research indicators.
In 2012, after an extensive process of consultation throughout the University, the document Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 was released, outlining the University’s research and research training strategy for the next 10-15 years. Research at Melbourne aspires to a significant advancement in the excellence and impact of our research outputs. The strategy recognises that as a public-spirited, research-intensive institution, our research must strive to make a tangible impact in Australia and the world.
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