We have an enduring commitment to public contribution and actively seek to create social, economic, cultural and intellectual value with and for the communities we serve.

We’re committed to research excellence with impact, preparing graduates for lives of professional contribution and active citizenship, investing in industry and international partnerships, and creating public value through strong cultural and community partnerships and leadership of public policy conversations.

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Strategic priorities

Public engagement

We’re actively leading public policy conversations, developing community partnerships that deliver social, cultural and economic value, contributing to the cultural life of Melbourne and our regions through the establishment of new cultural initiatives and partnerships with leading cultural institutions, and demonstrating the value and impact of research through innovative communication activities.

Industry engagement

We’re implementing an academic staff employment framework supporting and encouraging industry engagement, and providing pathways for students to work with industry, researchers to engage with peers and companies to acquire new ideas.

International engagement

We’re increasing our capacity to engage on an international scale with governments, industry and other universities, and to partner with various institutions to deliver world-class education and research.

Alumni and supporters

We’re expanding our program for alumni and supporters, offering valuable and enriching experiences, enhancing student scholarships and forging new avenues to engage alumni in the life of the University.

Key facts and figures

(Based on 31 December 2016 data)

Believe: The campaign for the University of Melbourne

$628.1 million



new professorship chairs


new scholarships

16 523

first-time donors

US$50 million

grant from the US-based Atlantic Philanthropies

drives the launch of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Program, led by the University of Melbourne

Melbourne Accelerator Program

10 startups

received funding

11 000+ people


through developmental events and support

62 million people

reached over social media

1.2+ million people

participated in Vote Compass,

a joint ABC and University of Melbourne initiative in the lead up to the 2016 federal election, making it Australia’s largest social survey outside of the national census

25 people

were part of the first cohort to complete Pathways to Politics for Women

Made Possible by Melbourne

bringing the University’s research to life and turning the entire city into an immersive experience – a free exhibition of world-changing research

16 million

digital impressions

1.5 million

online engagements

Awarded 3 silver Lions

at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

CASE Global Platinum Award

for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing

1 million views

of Pursuit in its first year, 2016

Pursuit is our unique digital journal providing the latest in cutting-edge research and commentary by world-leading experts

21 Enterprise Professors

appointed over 7 faculties

bringing deep practitioner skills to the University