University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3010 , Australia
University of Melbourne
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University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3010 , Australia

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The University of Melbourne has a rich and fascinating past. Every building, every department, and every period of time has its own story. While some of these stories have been recounted many times over, a great number remain yet unwritten.

The University of Melbourne has a rich and fascinating past. Every building, every department, and every period of time has its own story. While some of these stories have been recounted many times over, a great number remain yet unwritten.

Founded in 1853 two years after Victoria separated from New South Wales and the discovery of rich deposits of gold, the University was established to the north of Melbourne. - CONTRACT

The University followed the ideals of mid-nineteenth century universities of secular education, and with an emphasis on modern languages and literature, mathematics and natural science alongside classics and ancient history.

From these foundations the University developed, not always smoothly, into new areas, offering Law from 1857, Engineering and Medicine from 1852. The University admitted women in 1881, and Julia ‘Bella’ Guerin became the first woman to graduate from an Australian university (BA, 1883) . Early debates about the proper role of the university learning, and the degree to which it should be shielded from commercial and practical issues gave way slowly to a university that by World War Two saw itself as integral to the nation building through its capacity for research in the social, natural and medical sciences. The University also awarded the first Australian PhD in 1947.

During this period, the body of students expanded from an initial 16 students, to 2,000 by the end of World War I, to 6,000 by the end of World War II, and with the increasing weight of numbers brought an increasing influence over public debates, exploring public questions and hosting critical political and social debates. The Australian academic community has been enriched in the past fifty years with the addition of new universities, an international community of students, and increasing partnerships with and engagement with the wider local, national and internal communities.

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