Community activities, resources and programs
As a public-spirited institution, Melbourne will ensure that its research, student learning and knowledge transfer programs help improve public policy and build a stronger and more tolerant community.
Universities have a responsibility to be a public good, with community expectations of a broader contribution to intellectual and economic life.
Knowledge transfer forms the primary intellectual conduit between the University’s academia and over 1200 non-university partners.
Potentially, knowledge transfer covers a wide spectrum of dealings between the University and other spheres such as:
- the way public intellectuals use media platforms to generate national debates
- policy work with governments, industry bodies or community agencies
- contract research and education services
- business ventures that distribute new technology
- artistic projects and cultural exhibitions that change community consciousness by reflecting contemporary culture.
As one of the world’s finest universities, Melbourne will remain grounded in one place, but with many points of entry to a world of ideas, expertise and possibilities
Whether we address a local community issue or a global problem, excellence and highest quality should mark our contribution. In addition, we recognise our need for the knowledge from the broader community to inform and build our own research, teaching, and education capabilities, to ensure we are one of the finest universities in the world and a valued contributor to society.
[This is an edited extract from Growing Esteem, the University's 10-year development strategy.]