The University connects with the community through public debate, teaching programs, partnerships and exchange.
The University of Melbourne hosts hundreds of conferences, seminars, lectures and other community activties throughout the year. Each provides an important platform for the debate of major public issues and sharing of expertise with the wider community.
Our partnerships with a range of local and international communities provide a platform through which we can demonstrate the beneficial impact of our research and teaching programs and the mutual benefit derived from a free and open exchange of knowledge. The Melbourne Engagement and Partnerships Office (MEPO) brokers and manages university-wide partnerships between the University and organisations in the corporate, government and community sectors.
The University offers an extensive range of community programs to make a broader contribution to intellectual, social and economic life beyond campus. Public lectures, events and expert tuition through our Community Access Program provide opportunities for the public to engage in higher learning, while our campus facilities and services are available for hire by local and interest-based communities.
Ultimately, our contribution to the advancement of knowledge is made most explicit through the engagement of our leading academics in public discourse. Thought leaders with world class expertise contribute to debate through the media and our corpus of research expertise is available to communities, industries, media and governments through our Find an Expert online database.