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The University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne is an international, research-led university with more than 34,000 students, including some 9,000 postgraduates, 2500 research higher degree students, and 3400 international students from over 70 countries.

Victoria's first university, and Australia's second oldest university, Melbourne's tradition of excellence in research, teaching and learning, and service to the community dates back to 1855.

Australia's national benchmark of research performance, the National Composite Index, saw Melbourne again achieve the highest ranking among Australian universities for 2000.

The University is at the centre of the Parkville Triangle, Australia's most highly concentrated Knowledge Precinct of hospitals, university campuses, research institutes and private sector knowledge-based industries.

With campuses close to the Melbourne central business district and in regional Victoria, the University is engaged in a wide variety of partnerships with educational institutions, government and industry. It is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of 18 research-intensive universities in 10 countries, a leader in Bio21, a $400m initial stage program to establish Victoria as one of the world's leading biotechnology centres, a participant in 15 Cooperative Research Centres (CRC), and a partner in wide range of other collaborative research initiatives. Melbourne Enterprise International Ltd and Melbourne University Private Limited are two key vehicles for promoting partnerships in the delivery of high-quality educational services and commercial business development.

Melbourne welcomes the opportunity to engage with, support, and develop partnerships with small, medium and large public and private enterprises, for example, through contract research and development, development and commercialisation of new technologies, provision of expert advice, consultancies, graduate recruitment, student placement, staff secondment and exchanges, sponsorship of research and scholarships, and joint research projects.

For further information, including weekly news from the University, please see To discuss research opportunities, services and partnerships, please contact the Melbourne Research and Innovation Office -


Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Fuel ethanol production from lignocellulosic wastes using recombinant microorganisms
Chief Researcher: Pamment Assoc Prof NB
Sponsor: Energy Research and Development Corporation
Duration: 2000 - 2005
Research Field Classification:
290101 Fermentation, Biotechnology and Industrial Microbiology


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
International Development Technologies Centre

[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Solar heat pump water heater
Researcher: Chatchawan C (PhD)
Supervisors: Aye Dr L, Charters Prof W
Duration: 1999 - 2002
Descriptors: HEATING--SOLAR; --WATER
Research Field Classification:
290501 Mechanical Engineering


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