Founded in 1853, The University of Melbourne (Unimelb) is the second oldest university in Australia and the oldest in Victoria, with main campus located in Parkville.  It is a member of the "Group of Eight" leading research institutions, the Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.

University of Melbourne is consistently placed among the world's top 100 institutions by major ranking publications such as the ARWU, THE-QS and HEEACT. It is the second-largest research organisation in Australia after the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Melbourne is recognized as Australia's Number One research university, according to key indicators used by the Australian Government to allocate competitive research funding.

Rankings:

- University of Melbourne is ranked 6th in the Asia-Pacific region and 73rd worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2008. It is placed 79th internationally in 2007.

- 36th globally in The Times Higher World University Rankings 2009. It is the only Australian university to rank in the top 30 in all five subject areas including Engineering & IT; Arts & Humanities; Natural Sciences; Life Sciences & Biomedicine; Social Sciences. In addition it is rated 6th in the world for the employability of its graduates.

- 1st in Australia, 4th in the Asia Pacific and 51st in the world, according to the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) university ranking 2009. It is placed 58th globally in 2008 and 64th in 2007.

- University of Melbourne is awarded the maximum five stars in the key areas of student demand, research grants, research intensivity, student-staff ratio, positive graduate outcomes, gender balance, non-government earnings (Good Universities Guide 2009).

- 3rd in the nation and 53rd in the world (Newsweek's top 100 global universities 2006).

- 3rd nationally in the Australia Teaching Performance Rankings published in the Australian newspaper (August 2005).

- University of Melbourne is tied for No. 1 with ANU in the ranking of international standing of Australian universities by The Melbourne Institute 2005.

- 2nd in the nation and 9th in Asia (Asia's Best Universities 2000).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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