The University of Melbourne’s enduring purpose is to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research.

Advancing Melbourne will enable the University to contribute to advancing the state and national interest and make vital contributions to Australia’s standing on the world stage. We seek to be a leading force in advancing Australia as an ambitious, forward-thinking country while increasing its reputation and influence globally.

Advancing Melbourne covers five key focus areas – Place, Community, Education, Discovery and Global – and was developed after extensive consultation with our staff, students, alumni and key stakeholders.

As demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Melbourne will continue to do what it does best: educating students to an extremely high standard, in the context of outstanding research across a wide range of disciplines, and partnering with industry and the community to deliver tangible benefits for society.

In these extraordinary times, the University’s purpose – to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research – is more important than ever.

By 2030:

  • We will offer students a distinctive and outstanding education and experience, preparing them for success as leaders, change agents and global citizens.
  • We will be recognised locally and globally for our leadership on matters of national and global importance, through outstanding research and scholarship and a commitment to collaboration.
  • We will be empowered by our sense of place and connections with communities. We will take opportunities to advance both the University and the city of Melbourne in close collaboration and synergy.
  • We will deliver this through building a brilliant, diverse and vibrant University community, with strong connections to those we serve.

Advancing Melbourne is structured according to five intersecting themes which represent our key focus areas over the next decade: place, community, education, discovery and global.

Advancing Melbourne

The following strategies and plans continue to support the delivery of Advancing Melbourne.

The mission of the Enterprise Strategy is to enrich our discovery and teaching environments by weaving relationships with business, industry and government into the fabric of our institution to address the major challenges of our time.

The University of Melbourne People Strategy 2015–2020 outlines how we leverage the talents and ambitions of our people to realise our strategic ambitions and remain home to some of the best thinkers and talent in the world.

At its heart, the University of Melbourne is a global institution. The International Strategy 2017–2020 builds on commitments outlined in Growing Esteem and articulates the strategic framework and actions needed for the University to fully realise our international aspirations.

The Scholarly Information Futures Strategy articulates how emergent thinking in the development of next generation scholarship can support the University’s commitment to excellence in research, learning and teaching.

Excellence in research is core to the University’s mission. We are a globally-engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive university with the capacity to make significant contributions to global social, economic and environmental challenges.

Sustainability embraces, and goes beyond, a commitment to carefully consider our physical environment. It serves as an organising principle for decisions about the future of our University.

Our engagement strategy guides our contributions to intellectual, cultural, social and economic life, fuels our interactions with our alumni and supporters locally, nationally and internationally, and deepens the relevance and impact of our academic mission.