From The Vice-Chancellor | Trinity College

From the Vice-Chancellor

For around 130 years, the intellectual and cultural activities at Trinity College have enriched the life of the University of Melbourne.

 Today, in seeking to become ‘one of the finest universities in the world’, the University deeply values the many contributions—academic and strategic—made by Trinity, which has been a College ‘of and within the University of Melbourne’ since 1876. Trinity College enhances the University education of its resident and non-resident undergraduate and postgraduate students with academic, extra-curricular, and pastoral programs of high quality. The potentially life-transforming nature of this ‘large and liberal‘ education helps draw outstanding students from all parts of Australia and from overseas to the University of Melbourne.

Trinity’s provision of a welcome and stimulating collegiate base within the University also assists in attracting the participation of internationally acclaimed academics—including Miegunyah Fellows and Nobel Laureates—in University and College programs.

Trinity College sets a fine example in putting the principles of equity and diversity into practice. This is demonstrated in the College’s generous support for the Melbourne Access Program (MAP), for students from schools that are under-represented at the University, with free ‘Spring School’ accommodation and the provision of residential scholarships for former MAP participants. An inspiring tradition of philanthropy enables the College to also offer numerous other scholarships to help highly talented students, including Indigenous scholars, to obtain the very best education they can at the University of Melbourne.

Trinity’s many distinguished alumni that includes 36 Rhodes Scholars, have made exceptional contributions to business, the professions, academia, governments, and communities around the world. This record of achievement has established Trinity College as one of Australia's pre-eminent tertiary institutions for nurturing academic excellence, leadership and community service.

Introduced in 1990, Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) provides a vitally important pathway for international students seeking entry to the University. It is an outstanding program. Working closely with Trinity’s first-rate teaching staff, the University of Melbourne oversees the curriculum and on average, offers places at the University to more than 85 percent of TCFS graduates. In recent years, almost 30 percent of all our undergraduate overseas students are TCFS graduates.

Students undertaking the Trinity program, with its high academic standards, extensive student support services, and focus on teaching critical and creative thinking, are certainly well prepared for success at University. Indeed, I believe TCFS is the envy of every other Australian university. It is no wonder that Trinity College won the nation-wide IDP Education Australia 2003 Award for Excellence and Innovation in International Education.

The academic staff of Trinity College assist various departments of the University by developing and delivering a number of bridging and other short courses. They also share their extensive expertise in managing cultural diversity and the teaching of international students with their University colleagues, and make a valuable contribution to the preparation of post-graduate international and local students.

First held at Trinity in 2002, the University of Melbourne Science Summer School at Trinity College continues to grow and expand as a result of the successful partnership between the College and the Faculty of Science. Both the Science Summer School and the Trinity College Creative Thinking Summer School offer exceptional opportunities for secondary students to be inspired and challenged by leading academics and researchers. As a result of this experience, Summer School students often choose to return to Melbourne in later years to pursue their TCFS and undergraduate studies.

The University of Melbourne greatly appreciates the support and assistance that Trinity College provides in pursuit of our shared aspiration to deliver a world-class education.

It is with much pleasure that I encourage you to consider the many outstanding educational opportunities that Trinity College in the University of Melbourne offers you.

Professor Glyn Davis, AC
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne