Melbourne – An Education City

Melbourne is a city that is very proud of its educational institutions, especially its universities. At the forefront of research and teaching, Melbourne’s universities draw students and academics from all over the world. Here we look at the city’s best.

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is one of Australia’s most prestigious educational institutions. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university and is regularly ranked as the best in Australia.
It widespread acclaim stems from its combination of intensive research in areas such as human rights law, climate change, telecommunications, bioengineering, and medical research with a strong tradition of teaching excellence.
The University of Melbourne 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. Amongst Melbourne’s 15 graduate schools the Melbourne Business School, the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Medical School are particularly well regarded.
According to The Times Higher Education Unit, The University of Melbourne currently ranks as the 33rd best university in the world.


Monash University

Monash University is one of Melbourne’s largest and most esteemed public research universities. Founded in 1958 with just 400 students today it is Australia’s largest university with over 50, 000 from 170 countries. The university operates internationally with a campus in Malaysia as well as research and teaching schools in Italy, India and China.

The University also has a strong record of innovation through collaboration and engagement with industry, especially through its major research facilities, which include the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Science Technology Research and Innovation Precinct, the Australian Stem Cell Centre.

According to The Times Higher Education Unit, Monash currently ranks as the 73rd best university in the world and in 2016 ranks:
• Top 20% in teaching
• Top 10% in international outlook
• Top 10% in industry income
• Top 10% in research



RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) is a university focused on technology and design. In 2015 it was ranked 20th in the world for art and design by the QS World University Rankings and enjoys a worldwide reputation for its professional and practical education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry.
According to The Times Higher Education Unit, RMIT ranks in the top 20% for international outlook for 2016.

Deakin University

Established in 1974, Deakin was Victoria’s fourth university. It has four campuses throughout Victoria and markets itself as a strong performer that creates graduates ready for the global workplace. The University is highly ranked internationally, including being at No. 45 on the Times Higher Education Unit’s list of 100 Universities under 50 years of age.
Deakin offers hundreds of degree programs across four faculties, 17 schools and a range of research institutes and strategic centres. A variety of courses are offered in numerous disciplines ranging from Science to Arts and Business to Health.
The Times Higher Education Unit ranks Deakin University 301-350 in its list of the best universities in the world.


La Trobe University

Established in 1964, La Trobe University enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence and innovative research across science, health, engineering, arts, social science, commerce and law. La Trobe hosts more than 20,000 students, including more than 6,000 international students from more than 100 countries. The university states its focus is on high quality learning, teaching and student experience, and a commitment to employment outcomes.
The Times Higher Education Unit ranks La Trobe University 351-400 in its list of the best universities in the world.


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