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 2017 data)


collaborative agreements and MoUs

forged with corporate, government and community research partners


Pathway to Politics participants

pre-selected to run for elected office across 4 parties

Believe: The campaign for the University of Melbourne

$746.7 million

raised since Campaign launch


scholarships and awards funded


new alumni-student mentoring relationships

Atlantic fellows for social equity logo


Fellows from Australia and New Zealand

in the inaugural cohort

$1.5 million

in scholarships to support Indigenous-led social change

Talent for every possible future logo

Showcasing the value of our world-leading curriculum and outstanding graduates to industry

12 million

digital impressions



agreed the campaign increased their understanding of the Melbourne Model

Blood: Attract & repel exhibition logo


engaged with BLOOD: Attract and Repel

the first exhibition of Science Gallery Melbourne