University of Melbourne  [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

University of Melbourne [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

October 10, 2019 15 By Stanley Isaacs

– G’day and welcome to
A Life That Travels. I’m Rob Malicki and today I’m at the University of
Melbourne and oh my God, this place is amazing! As always with university
reviews this is like a no BS, no propaganda look around. Let’s go and have a
look around the campus, talk to some students and
check out what this place is all about. I can tell you what though, to start with, I like what I see. (cheerful music) (soaring music) While the University of Melbourne is one of the group of eight
universities in Australia, basically the grouping of Australia’s top eight research institutes and they’re sometimes called the sandstones and I can tell you what there’s a heck of a lot of
sandstones in this place. So the thing I find is
quite surprising is just the amount of open space
that the university has. These little nooks and
crannies, open areas with plenty of little
places for students to get together, study and just make the most of the incredible history
and ambience of a place like the University of Melbourne. It’s truly impressive. The university ranks
incredibly well typically between like the 30th and
40th in the whole world. I think one of the most
important metrics is the facts that it ranks
number seven in the world for graduate employability which means when you come and study here, you’re going to get a job at the end and that’s obviously extremely valuable. Also important in terms
of rankings is talking about student satisfaction
and the Uni of Melbourne actually ranks very close to the average or even slightly below the
average depending on disciplinary of course for student satisfaction and I think one of the reasons for that is because it’s a huge university, 48,000 students so you know
some of the other universities that I’ve visited you have have students
talking about how close the community is, how
they really personally known by their lectures and academics and perhaps at some of
these bigger universities they may be struggle with that as an issue in terms of making students feel really connected. This university is incredibly connected. The alumni of the University
of Melbourne are very well looked after both domestically
and internationally. I highly recommend that you
look at the quality indicators of learning and teaching websites, the QILT website by the
Australian government because what that does is actually break down what students say studying at various universities is like including the Uni of Melbourne. So you can actually break that down by not only this institution but also the area that you study in and you can point out
things like how students satisfied with their various courses. There are plenty of
other good data out there which help you make a good decision about a university’s right for you. – Just how multicultural diverse it is that turned out to be true and it’s great. And also how kind of how
artsy Melbourne can be. – So I’m very happy with the teachers and the friends I’ve made
here and the different culture and representing French Club here although I’m not French
and you know it’s one of the things about representation. – It’s kind of having access to like other people and other minds that are really passionate
about what they do. That know and love about what they do and have like experience and expertise but at the same time like these minds can be hard to find you
know because the university can be so big and so alienating, yeah. – Yeah, I think what surprised me was how much is available
to students, like there are so many clubs, so
many societies but yeah it’s not always presented to you I think. You know you have to
do the looking yourself like there are you know book clubs, board game clubs, all sorts of stuff. – [Rob Malicki] Everything? – Yeah because there are
so many students here yeah I think what most
students have in common is that they want to learn. – It’s hard to say, I
thinks I was actually surprised in a very good
way in the amount of as Alex was saying like study groups passion projects and stuff
that appear around the uni. I think I’ve like learned
even more from stuff that’s kind of peripheral to my classes than I have from my classes in some ways. And I was like really, really taken aback and really happy to find that there are other people out there who are passionate about things whether it’s
learning, whether it’s like extending studies further, making podcast or like being involved in
environmental projects. – Wow, I’m loving this lobby space. Like a good mixture of
collaborative spaces people chatting to each
other working on projects and quiet little nooks and crannies. They’ve done a really good job here. Very, very student friendly. Lizzy and Zarin were just
telling me that every Tuesday there are bands
playing and free barbecue. That’s pretty seriously awesome! Free food! The University of Melbourne has got one of the most active and successful global learning programmes in Australia. Thousands and thousands
of students from here every year are able to
undertake international study experiences like
exchanges, study tours. They call them UMOS,
University of Melbourne Overseas Study subjects,
internships, volunteer all sorts of different things. So many extracurricular opportunities that allow you to study and travel at the same time. Definitely an advantage if you can take part in that and the university invests millions of dollars in
scholarships to support to have those kinds of experiences. There are specific discipline
areas that you know other universities have a
specific area of expertise you could actually end up with better classes somewhere else
but if Uni of Melbourne ease up the top of your list of choices it’s a pretty fantastic place, pretty exceptional
institution, amazing resources and that’s obviously one
of the advantages of being one of the oldest most
prestigious and I think personally one of the best organised and have great leadership,
all these things count to contributing to being
exceptional institution it’s not just luck. I’ve loved my time here
at Uni of Melbourne such an incredible campus
all the nooks and crannies amazing places to hang
out, sports facilities unlimited places to get
food and most importantly for people like me coffee. But most importantly it
seems like people really enjoy the university. So much to see and do and I’ve just loved all the
different spaces and courtyards. All the history and the culture and the architecture and one of the things that’s really struck me
is this great atmosphere and vibe and then I think
this will make a pretty incredible place to study. I think this place is alright. Number one uni in Australia,
how do you rank it? On a slide, it ranks
pretty freaking high on the A Life That Travels scale. Anyway, whatever you’re
getting up to today I hope it’s a good one, I’m Rob Milecki. I’ll see you next time
on the Life That Travels. See ya later (calm music).