We have a rich and fascinating past spanning 160 years.

Every building, every department and every period of time has its own story. While some of these stories have been recounted many times over, countless remain to be written.

Beginning as a cluster of buildings set in a large park on the fringe of the city with four professors and 16 students, the University now sits at the heart of a thriving international city.

Today, nearly 10,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of more than 54,000, including more than 20,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world.

Past achievements – contributing to a brighter tomorrow


Julia ‘Bella’ Guerin graduates from the University of Melbourne – the first woman to graduate from an Australian university.


Professor Graeme Clark developed and later conducted the first multi-channel commercial cochlear implant, engineering the first bionic ear.


The Melbourne Model is introduced, reflecting the global trend towards broad and liberal undergraduate education leading into specialised, professional graduate study and research degrees.