Dean's letter: End of Semester 2

Dear students,

I trust this has been a productive and enjoyable semester of learning for you all as we near the end of the university year for 2023.

We have now entered the Study Without Teaching Vacation (SWOT Vac) period before the examination period. While it’s important to study for your exams, you should also find time to wind down and look after your mental health and well-being. The University has resources for dealing with study-related stress and there are other wellness resources including details of how to reach out for more help.

Over my three-month sabbatical, I was able to reconnect with international alumni and was delighted to see where they have gone post-graduation and how they have applied what they learnt at the University of Melbourne.

For our soon-to-be graduates, you will join a distinguished and generous alumni community of more than 475,000 people across the globe. We hope you take pride in the hard work you have done to complete your degree – well done.

With a foundation grounded in research excellence, the university offers lifelong learning opportunities and many different avenues for further study. For those of you planning to pursue continuing education and study, it will be a pleasure to welcome you back to campus in the new year.

As your 2023 studies conclude, I encourage you to look ahead to the future. Even if you are not at the end of your studies, it’s never too early to prepare for entering the job market after graduation. The University offers support and resources that will aid you in putting your best foot forward and landing an ideal job. For those continuing their studies next year, there are internship opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce and MBS students.

There is also a fantastic array of student exchange opportunities available with over 200 partner universities for a unique co-curricular experience. Applications for Semester Two, 2024, close November 24 so get your application in before the deadline closes.

I wish all of you the very best for the final months of 2023.


Paul Kofman
Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics