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Monday, June 26th, 2017

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

A new institute that brings together biomedical engineers, clinical researchers and industry partners to develop real-world solutions for public health has been launched.

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

Study at the University of Melbourne

Located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GCI) will be a hub for University of Melbourne researchers and industry partners to collaborate on developing new bionic devices, implants, drug treatments and assistive technologies like prosthetics, as well as diagnostics.

The institute is named after Professor Graeme Clark AC who invented the bionic ear along with his University of Melbourne colleagues, the first prototype multiple electrode implant device that successfully improved the ability of deaf people to understand speech.

The inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, Professor Mark Cook, says the Institute will link clinical and engineering fields in the pursuit of new solutions to public health.

“It’s fair to say that no biomedical engineering institutes, either in Australia or the wider world, have the scope and scale of the Graeme Clark Institute,” says Professor Cook.

“The Institute is in a unique position to capitalise on multi-partner collaborations that are critical to innovation and commercialisation. The novelty of the solutions we will develop comes through the direct interaction of the Melbourne School of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.”

GCI’s success will be measured in the impact of clinically driven research that solves clinical needs and engagement with industry to translate that research into clinical practice.

GCI researcher and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor David Grayden, says the university’s position as one of the top centres for biomedical engineering research in the world means it is well-placed to make significant contributions to the field.

“Projects will include modelling the human body in 3D to virtually assess and insert implants for joint replacements, testing the university’s world-first stentrode device in human trials, and building on its position as the top university for mechano-pharmacology, where tissues cells are mechanically measured to develop effective drug therapies,” adds Professor Grayden.


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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Recently, more than 1,200 medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, audiology, biomedical, science, speech pathology and social work students from the University of Melbourne ran a Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Students aimed to reduce children’s fears associated with medical environments, procedures and professionals by familiarising them with health care in a fun, relaxed and interactive manner.

These interactions give future young doctors and health care professionals an excellent opportunity to further develop the specific communication and engagement skills required to successfully interact with children.

The students offered Teddy medical consultations to more than 5,000 children, making TBH the largest student volunteer event run by the University of Melbourne.

Professor Cheryl Jones, Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Head of the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School said students learn so much more when working as a team.

“The Teddy Professors from the university’s Department of Paediatrics who oversee this student-led program, are amazed at the passion and creativity of the students as they work together to create the toy machines and instruments for the day, and plan and execute this major event,” she said. “Apart from the fun and fundraising, our students learn more about each other’s multidisciplinary roles and provide practical advice to children and families about how to keep healthy and reduce children’s anxiety about medical environments, procedures and professionals.

“We are very proud to watch this group of students as they are our future health leaders of tomorrow,” Professor Jones said.

Children are asked to bring in a “sick” teddy bear or other toy for treatment at the “hospital.” There are many stations, including teddy triage, teddy doctor consultation, radiology, surgery, and anatomy. There are dedicated student volunteers to design and build the activities and equipment that are used inside the hospital.

Medical student coordinator Elliott Cope believes taking part in the TBH has improved his communication skills, leadership and confidence in interacting with children.

“One of the most memorable interactions was with a four-year-old boy who bought in his dragon teddy bear. The complaint: his dragon had stopped breathing fire,” he said.

Not having much experience with dragon medicine, Elliott was a little stumped, but after a look in the dragon’s throat and a feel of the neck, he diagnosed a dragon cold. After a good night’s sleep and lots of rest, the dragon was back to breathing fire and feeling much better.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 22, 2017

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the university’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!


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Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

University of Melbourne paces Australia in latest rankings

The University of Melbourne has 40 subject areas ranked in the top 50 in the world, more than any other Australian university, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

University of Melbourne paces Australia in latest QS Subject Rankings

Melbourne is # in Australia for teacher education

Melbourne also received a top five global ranking for education, moving up two spots on its 2016 ranking.

The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects.

“As a university community, we are delighted with this recognition for our academics, a recognition that does much to highlight not just their hard work across multiple specialist fields but the quality of their research and teaching output as well,” commented Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis.

“This is not just about the institution but the work of a fine academy, and we congratulate them today for their contribution to this result.”

Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Professor Field Rickards welcomed the high ranking for Education.

“Our consistent placement among the top ten in the world confirms the impact and excellence of our dedicated and talented staff, as well as the quality of our graduates,” Professor Rickards said.

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

Since 2008, Melbourne’s Master of Teaching has played a significant role in reshaping education through the clinical teaching approach. This is a major departure from traditional teacher education programs and connects university theory, professional knowledge and classroom experience.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education!


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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The University of Melbourne would like to meet you at their virtual fair!

Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne?

The University of Melbourne would like to meet you at their virtual fair!

Don’t miss the Melbourne virtual fair for international students March 22

Prospective international students and their parents are invited to join the university for an exciting online event to learn more about the University of Melbourne and their programs. If you haven’t applied to the university yet, and are just starting to consider your study options, this “virtual fair” is for you!

Event Details

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (EDT)
Register: http://tiny.cc/melb_virtual_fair_2017

Chat with staff from Melbourne’s faculties and graduate schools to explore your study options and find out what makes the university consistently ranked one of the top 35 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016), located in the world’s most livable city (The Economist 2016). You’ll have the chance to chat online with Melbourne’s friendly staff and students and find out all you need to know about degrees available, entry requirements, scholarships available, and much more!

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Melbourne’s popular schools:


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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Melbourne says emissions reduction, curriculum changes central to new Sustainability Plan

The University of Melbourne will be carbon neutral before 2030, achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2021 and will now report annually on the institution’s sustainability impact and performance.

Melbourne says emissions reduction, curriculum changes central to new Sustainability Plan

Melbourne launches Sustainability Plan 2017–2020

That’s according to the university’s first institution-wide Sustainability Plan 2017–2020, an ambitious four-year strategy that will position Melbourne as a sector-leader in sustainability according to Vice-Principal Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Allan Tait.

The Plan also pushes for sustainability to become a more prominent part of all undergraduate curriculum, as well as outlining the university’s response to calls to divest from fossil fuel-intensive companies.

“The university has a responsibility to lead strongly and act decisively in addressing global societal challenges, such as building a more sustainable world.”

“This Sustainability Plan clearly outlines the university’s commitment to this important task and highlights how Melbourne is acting on this front across all areas of the institution, with holistic actions and targets that will assist in tackling the impacts of climate change.”

On divestment, the university recognises that climate change impacts result in increased risk and potential opportunities for its investments, and that it must act to mitigate this risk. It therefore plans to establish within a year a sustainable investment framework for evaluating and managing material climate change risk, and which will set out the criteria for divestment from and investment in listed equities.

This framework will as far as possible cover factors such as a company’s emissions intensity, emissions reduction plans, alignment to the outcomes of global climate change agreements and investment in and transition to renewable energy.

“Within four years, the university will be divested from, or in the process of divesting from, any material holdings that don’t satisfy the requirements of this framework,” said Mr Tait. “This approach, and that of all of the commitments in this plan, reflects the consolidated efforts and collective will of the university community.”

The Sustainability Plan is the result of a more than 12 months of public consultation process that commenced in late 2015 with the development of the university’s Sustainability Charter. This process saw nearly 500 attendees across two events as well as hundreds of email submissions into the development of both the plan and the charter.

While the charter establishes the high-level principles and values the university wishes to adopt when it came to sustainability, the plan sets out a range of clear targets and priority actions for how the institutions will meet these principles.

Other key aims for the plan:

  • Reduce emissions by 20,000 tonnes of carbon per year by 2020 through on-campus energy projects such as solar, wind and geothermal.
  • Increase the number of University of Melbourne graduates who can demonstrate a specialization in environment and sustainability.
  • Replace 10% of university car parking spaces with bicycle parking by 2018.
  • Publish a university-wide Biodiversity Management Plan.
  • Develop industry partnerships that emphasize the university’s resources for sustainability research.

The university is home to approximately 1,300 researchers who apply their expertise in fields relevant to sustainability and resilience said Mr Tait, and in partnership with industry, government and communities, this will support the transition to a more sustainable future.

“The plan is more than just a public statement of our commitment to sustainability. It sets out an ambitious path towards new modes of governance and operations in a warming world, and reiterates our desire to work with industry to support and assist the transition to a lower emissions future.”


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Friday, November 18th, 2016

Melbourne’s booming Airbnb market

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Airbnb property market in Melbourne, showing the number of monthly bookings has rocketed by 600 percent in the last two years.

Melbourne's booming Airbnb market

Melbourne Airbnb property market has boomed in the last 2 years

At the same time, the total number of Airbnb houses, apartments, bed-and-breakfast units and private rooms has grown steadily from fewer than 5,000 in October 2014, to approximately 17,500 listings in metropolitan Melbourne today.

The research, conducted by Dr Gideon Aschwanden and Dr Andy Krause from the Melbourne School of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, also found that the market grew most quickly over the summer months from December 2015 to February 2016.

“Over the summer period, around $12 to $14 million a month, or $500,000 a night, was spent on Airbnb in Melbourne,” they said. “This compares to $A2 million a month, or $65,000 every night in October 2014.”

While market growth predictably slowed over winter (occupancy rates are lower), monthly revenues in 2016 are still more than double what they were in the same month last year and they look set to rise again over spring.

“It will be interesting to see if a similar seasonal market increase occurs again this coming summer of if we witness ‘peak’ Airbnb.”

The research report includes detailed information on each property—such as location, number of rooms, and advertisement dates. It also includes information about the daily booking status and price of each property for each day since October 2014.

Dr Aschwanden and Dr Krause also identified the hotspots for Airbnb accommodation in Melbourne.

The greatest concentration of Airbnb properties is in the CBD near Southern Cross Station. Other clusters are on the northern end of Chapel Street in South Yarra, St Kilda, the Carlton/Fitzroy/Collingwood area and the southern end of Bay Street in Port Melbourne.

Overall, nearly all Airbnb units in Melbourne as located within 5 to 7 km of the CBD. Entire homes and apartments have the highest occupancy rates compared with private rooms.


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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

University of Melbourne ahead again in world rankings

The University of Melbourne has recorded a significant achievement by moving up one place to 31 in the 2016 Performance of Scientific Papers for World Universities released Oct. 11 by National Taiwan University (NTU).

University of Melbourne ahead again in world rankings

Study at the University of Melbourne

Once again, the University of Melbourne is also the highest-placed Australian university in the rankings of nearly 500 universities worldwide.

Formerly known as the HEEACT Ranking, the program provides annual performance rankings of universities around the world based on their production and impact of scientific papers.

The rankings reflect three major research performance criteria: productivity, impact and excellence.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis welcomed the NTU rankings as “pleasing” especially since they came after a number of positive rankings for the University internationally in 2016.

“That the result also show a noticeable improvement in ten of our disciplines that are captured in these rankings is also good news, and a testament to the breadth and depth of our research and teaching commitments at Melbourne.”


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Monday, September 26th, 2016

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia’s best

Australia has 35 universities in the Times’ world top 800, making it the number five nation.

Overall, the top 20 in this year’s THE list is very similar to 2015, with the top 20 mainly coming from the US, followed by the UK, with one European inclusion, ETH Zurich, in ninth place.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia's best

Meet Australian university representatives at the Study in Australia Fairs this week!

Key performance indicators for THE Rankings

THE rankings performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

  1. Teaching (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio, and institutional income
  2. Research (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures research income and research productivity
  3. Research citations (30%)
  4. International outlook (7.5%) – measures international-to-domestic-student ratio, international-to-domestic-staff ratio, and international collaboration
  5. Industry income (2.5%) – measures how much research income an institution earns from industry against the number of academic staff it employs.

The university remains at number 33 in the world, marking the seventh straight year it has been among the top 40 universities globally and acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil celebrated the announcement.

“These results stem from the hard work of academic staff in producing outstanding research and providing a world-class education for our students.”

For the University of Sydney, the rankings validate the strength of the university’s research citations, particularly in the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Economics, Education and Social Work, and Agriculture and the Environment.

The University of Sydney has been ranked at #60, cementing their place as one of the world’s best research and teaching institutions.

Like Sydney, the University of Queensland has confirmed its status as one of the world’s top universities, also placing 60th internationally and 3rd in Australia in a prestigious global ranking.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s consistent high ranking reflected the hard work of the university’s researchers, professional staff, academics, students and industry partners.

“UQ continues to place well among the more than 10,000 universities worldwide, demonstrating our staff and student’s dedication to excellence,” he said. “It’s especially gratifying to see UQ maintain its placing at sixtieth for the second year running.”

With these rankings, it means that Melbourne, UQ and Sydney are well within the top one percent of higher education institutions in the world.


Discover more about the programs available at Australian universities!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Join the next Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne? Not many of us in North America can hop on a plane to visit Melbourne’s beautiful campus to find out more about their programs, so they are bringing the information to you!

Prospective international students (and their parents and friends) are invited to join Melbourne for an exciting online event to learn more about the university.

Join the next Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Don’t miss the Melbourne Virtual Fair Sept. 27!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. (EST)

The Virtual Fair is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Australia’s number one university*. You’ll have the chance to chat online with Melbourne‘s friendly staff and students and find out all you need to know about courses, entry requirements and how to apply.

Register your interest and then log on to the Virtual Fair on Sept. 27 and find out more about the Melbourne experience!

How do I register?

Prospective students and their parents can register now at http://tiny.cc/melbourneVF.

What’s it all about?

The Virtual Fair is just like attending an expo on your computer! Registered participants will be able to

  • get information about the University of Melbourne, their courses and admission requirements;
  • get information about Melbourne—the world’s most liveable city—as well as accommodation options, and student support;
  • chat online with Melbourne staff and current international students to really get an understanding of what it’s like to study in Melbourne; and
  • see and hear video presentations from leading academics and current international students.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Melbourne‘s popular schools:

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016


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Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Canadian scholar addresses disorders and addictions at University of Melbourne workshop

Disorders and addictions such as anorexia nervosa, problem gambling and substance abuse should be viewed as “passions” in order to be properly treated, according to a Canadian scholar visiting the University of Melbourne this month.

Study psychology at the University of Melbourne

Study at the University of Melbourne

Philosopher and health care ethicist, Professor Louis Charland from Western University, Ontario, said a grand scale of reform was needed to better understand and treat sufferers of such conditions.

“Disorders such as anorexia nervosa can’t be easily cured with cognitive-based therapies,” said Professor Charland, a partner investigator with Australia’s renowned Centre for the History of Emotions of which the University of Melbourne is a node.

“The difference between the historical concept of passions and the newer idea of emotions could be crucial in improving clinical treatments,” he said.

“Passions can begin innocently enough, providing a person with meaningful activity and purpose, but when they become extreme they can suck a person into a powerful downward spiral where they’ve effectively lost control.

“It is new, alternate passions that can often reverse, block or divert the unhealthy ones,” he said.

Professor Charland hosted a free workshop,”Passions – Healthy or Unhealthy?”at the University of Melbourne on July 19, which explored the significance of “the passions” for contemporary psychology and psychiatry.

Attendees were invited to share their own examples of what they consider to be passions, and how these might be judged to be healthy or unhealthy.

A partner of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is a world-leader in driving research and debate in the study of emotions and has links across the globe with leading thinkers and academics in this growing discipline.


Find out more about studying psychology at an Australian university!