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Melbourne School of Land and Environment


Melbourne School of Land and Environment

The Melbourne School of Land and Environment (MSLE) was a faculty of the University of Melbourne and an important provider of Australian agricultural education, the largest of its type in that country.

The Institute of Land and Food Resources, as it was then known, was officially created on 1 July 1997 as a combination of most of the agricultural, forestry, horticulture and food science higher education sector in Victoria, Australia. Its founding brought together the Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture (Dookie, Longerenong, Burnley and Glenormiston Agricultural Colleges, Gilbert Chandler Food Technology College, McMillan Education Centre, the School of Forestry, Creswick) and the University of Melbourne's departments of Agriculture and Forestry.

In 2005, the University divested itself of the Longerenong, Glenormiston and McMillan sites. It also began to outsource much of the training provided at the other sites. Also in 2005, the Institute of Land and Food Resources was renamed to the Faculty of Land and Food Resources.

In 2008, after the introduction of the "Melbourne Model", the Faculty of Land and Food Resources was renamed Melbourne School of Land and Environment, providing "new generation degrees" Bachelor of Environments, while other undergraduate degrees formerly provided, including Bachelor of Food Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Natural Resource Management and Bachelor of Animal Science were merged into the Faculty of Science, although many of the subjects are still provided by MSLE. MSLE still provides a wide range of postgraduate degrees that were provided before as Institute of Land and Food Resources.

MSLE was disestablished in 2015. Its agriculture and food systems department moved alongside veterinary science to form the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, while other areas of study, including horticulture, forestry, geography and resource management, moved to the Faculty of Science.

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