About Victoria (VIC)
Victoria located in the south-eastern corner of Australia and is the smallest mainland state. The state is geographically compact and all regions are within easy reach, from sandy beaches, to sweeping rural countryside, snowfields and untouched native forests.
About 5 million people live in Victoria – the second largest population of any state in Australia. More than 70 percent of Victorians live in Melbourne, the state’s capital city.
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Founded in1835, this university is the second oldest in Australia and claims a leading position in Business, Education, Engineering, Law and Medicine. Melbourne University is the second largest research organisation after CSIRO. In 2008, it introduced a combination of practices from American and European universities aimed at consistency with the European Union’s Bologna Process and international relevance for its degrees.
Monash is Australia’s largest university with 52,000 students and eight campuses of which six are in Victoria and one each in Malaysia and South Africa. There is also a research training centre in Italy and a graduate research school in Mumbai, India. Monash is home to research facilities including Australian Synchotron and Australian Stem Cell Centre.
ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
RMIT, founded in1887, in the only Australian university to have received royal patronage. Among the top 100 universities for producing work- ready graduates, it also has an internationally recognised reputation for Art, Design, Engineering and Technology and is a founding member of the Australian Technology Network and the Global U8 Consortium.
SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Swinburne has six campuses in Victoria and one in Malaysia. The 2009 Good Universities Guide of Australia ranked Swinburne the best in Melbourne for teaching quality and awarded a 5-star ranking for cultural diversity. Swinburne is host university for Australia’s circus school, the National Institute of Circus Arts.
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
The multi-campus La Trobe offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across five Faculties covering leading areas of Education, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Law and Management, Technology and Engineering. La Trobe also a strong international reputation in Bio-medicine and Science.
Deakin was a single campus university for years until a series of amalgamations and developments created six campuses of which three are in Melbourne, two in Geelong and one at Warranambool. In 2008, a new Medical School was opened. Deakin is Australia’s fastest growing research university and in2008 was awarded 5 stars by the Graduate Management Association of Australia, thus placing it in the top rank of Australia’s MBA courses.
UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT
University of Ballarat is the result of a merger between Ballarat College of Advanced Education, the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries and the Wimmera Institute of TAFE. It is ranked in the top ten of Australian universities for its teaching performance in data from the Federal Dept. of Education, Science and Training in 2005. There is an active Research program and a Technology Park.
This is a tertiary education facility offering Higher Education and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) courses across 11 campuses. There are three Research Institutes and six Research Centres. In 2008, the University announced plans to open a Sport and Recreation Learning Centre with140 seat lecture theatre, classrooms and offices.