Over the course of its history, the University has undergone profound changes, which have affected not only its internal structure, but also its physical, intellectual and cultural landscapes.
Melbourne is now a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching, research achievements and its social and economic contributions to the city of Melbourne and to the state of Victoria.
Today it has 6500 full and part-time staff and a student body of more than 47,000, including more than 11,800 international students from over 120 countries.
The influence of the University reaches into every aspect of the city of Melbourne's life through its students and staff, teaching hospitals, affiliated institutions, residential colleges and halls of residence, the Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne University Publishing, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and its research centres. Not to mention providing film set locations for a range of televisions programs and movies including Mad Max, Love and other Catastrophes, and Knowing.