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. Its main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of Melbourne's central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.
Incorporated in the 19th century by the colony of Victoria, the University of Melbourne is a member of the G8, Universitas 21, Washington University's McDonnell International Scholars Academy, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Since 1872, many residential colleges have become affiliated with the university, providing accommodation for students and faculty, and academic, sporting and cultural programs. There are 10 colleges located on the main campus and in nearby suburbs.
The university comprises 10 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. The university has 15 graduate schools, including the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School.
While the University of Melbourne has extensive library resources and modern tuition spaces, it also offers students over 100 research centres, galleries, museums, performance and exhibition spaces, creative studios, a 3D printing lab, a fully functioning veterinary clinic and even a vineyard. Best of all, students will learn and be inspired by true global leaders who write the textbooks and not just teach from them.
Times Higher Education ranked the University of Melbourne first in Australia and 34th globally in 2023, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities places it 35th in the world. In the QS World University Rankings 2022, the university ranks 8th for graduate employability and 2nd in Australia, behind the University of Sydney. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne. Eight Nobel Laureates have taught, studied and researched at the University of Melbourne, the most of any Australian university. Melbourne is the second largest university research institution after CSIRO. In 2010, the university spent $767.5 million on research and has consistently been ranked first or second on national research indexes.