The long-announced move by the University of Melbourne into a more graduate-oriented institution is one of the most interesting in recent Australian university history. Its endorsement by Education Minister Bishop guarantees the move will go though.
The university will offer six general education degrees (including arts, science and commerce) and follow that up with specialist professional graduate programs.
This is something like the 'liberal arts' approach in many US universities which is now also being pursued in Europe. Generally I think it is a sensible move for higher education in Australia and probably good for my own university.
Melbourne will cut its undergraduate intake by 10,000 over the next decade.
I am very interested in reader views on this move.