President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Melbourne during his official visit to Australia in October 2017 in recognition of his significant role in advancing the arts, humanities and education in Ireland and beyond.
At a meeting last week, the Academic Board of the University of Melbourne passed a motion to support marriage equality. This was based on the values of the University that include upholding fundamental human rights and respecting the freedoms and rights of all members of the University community.
The University of Melbourne moves into the ranks of the top ten best universities in the world for employability outcomes for its graduates, according the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. It now sits at seventh in the world, moving up from 11th the previous year.
More than 300 students at the University of Melbourne will receive financial support to undertake part of their studies elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region, thanks to the 2018 round of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants. These grants wre announced on Friday 25 August by The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.