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Top 4 Rivalries in Melbourne

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I am a fun-seeking writer living in Melbourne. I have been actively looking for fun and most importantly, free, events and/or activities. I will try my best to keep you, the readers, informed of the most exciting stuff in Melbourne!
Published June 10th 2012
Top 4 Rivalries in Melbourne

Disclaimer: I, the writer, strongly state that my review does not intentionally include any negative view towards anyone and/or anything. This is completely based on my, and only my, observations. It may or may not be true, however, it serves as a tool for pure entertainment. I have tried my best to provide the readers with the most objective writing I can. I also hid the examples through which my points can be demonstrated, in order to prevent the involvement of other people.

Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0"

After "stalking" the internet, I found that there were many rivalries that were exciting to notice around the world. For example, do you know that USA's Harvard and Yale university hold a strong "grudge" against each other? Those in one school will even say that only people who got rejected at their school study at the other school, and vice versa. If we give it a thought, we can see that the rivalry is justifiable, since both are two of the oldest universities in the world, and both usually appear in the world's top 10 universities ranking.

That's why I thought "Hey, perhaps I can just find some similar rivalries in Melbourne, and show them to other people so that we all can get a laugh!". And here it is, the 4 interesting rivalries that I have noticed so far. I hope you could enjoy this as much as I did.

4th Rank - Melbourne University vs Monash University

I bet that most of you have heard about Melbourne University and Monash University. They are the 2 members of Group of Eight (Go8), the collection of the eight finest universities in Australia. Both of them have a strong academic background, as well as many industry connections. One can say that both universities are almost equal.

So,", you can say, "what's the point?". Well, only after attending either school can we say there is a rivalry, which is invisible to "outsiders". I am studying at Monash University now, and I can tell you that I have been through many situations in which the rivalry becomes clearer than ever!

I have also attended a seminar given by the admission representatives of Melbourne Uni, and I can say exactly the same.

So why is that? I mean, why does the rivalry exist? In my humble opinion, there are 3 reasons: Firstly, they are both members of Go8 in the same city (this only happens in Victoria and New South Wales). Secondly, Melbourne Uni is the pioneer in applying the Bologna Process, which is called Melbourne Model. Under the reform, Melbourne Uni will offer an integrated degree of 3 years of undergraduate (a bachelor's degree) plus 2 years of postgraduate (a master's degree). The process has also been followed by the University of Western Australia, another member of Go8. Finally, they are equally good in every aspect, so the competition to "Who's the king" is more "brutal" than ever, I may say.

Monash University, Clayton campus

3th Rank - Monash University vs RMIT

Another universities's rivalry! Well, what can I say, interesting rivalries usually hide behind universities.

So this time, we will talk about a more specific field: technology and science (or engineering and science, whichever way you like). After the Melbourne Model reform, many people argue that the winning place in technology and science field has fallen to Monash Uni. And they have a point. The academic reputation, the facilities and the research influence of Monash are undoubtedly becoming more and more impressive. To demonstrate it, the faculty of engineering at Monash has the most modern computer lab in the whole Clayton campus, as well as the biggest wind tunnel in the Southern hemisphere! That is not to mention the Australia Synchrotron.

However, the people mentioned early didn't take into account the fact that RMIT is overwhelmingly famous for its practicality in the curricula, especially engineering. RMIT is doing a very good job to provide its students the most opportunities to work in the industry. As you may already know, the vital point for an engineer is the real world experiences. If you want to know more, you can read about the practical aspect of RMIT at this link.

RMIT in the CBD

As a result, a question that every potential engineering student has to ask is "Do I prefer the prestige, the international reputation, the ranking? Or do I would rather choose practical experience?"

2nd Rank - Eastern Suburbs vs Western Suburbs

Image by Tomwood0 (Wikimedia Commons)

So now we move to another, arguably more interesting, rivalry: between the suburbs to the East and the West of Melbourne city.

So why East vs West, not East vs North or West vs South? The question is simpler than you might think: these two parts are far from each other enough for differences to appear, yet the number of suburbs in each part is equal. I can't list all of the factors in this rivalry, but I will give you the one which I think to be the most "visible": the real estate and the food.

Yup, the properties in the Eastern are considered boring, isolated, cheap by the Westerners. On the other hand, those in the West are viewed as noisy, overcrowded and cheap (well, the cheap opinion here is unavoidable when talking about real estate, is it?). I am sure that you can find many other "opinions" when talking to people from both places.

What about the food? Well, to tell you the truth, both parts have equally extremely delicious food. But residents, at least those I have talked, tend to be bias about their own restaurants. For instance, one I know in the Eastern said that the food in the West was "expensive and tasteless, much worse than our food". Another one in the West told me the food in the West "have much more to offer, with a wide range of finest food in Melbourne, unlike the restaurants in the East".

1st Rank - Melbourne vs Sydney

Here is our winner: Melbourne vs Sydney rivalry. Any list about famous rivalries (in the world, I would say) is uncompleted without mentioning Melbourne and Sydney.

So we, Melbourne lovers, all know about it. But I will try to be as objective as I can (it will be very tough though, if you know what I mean)

When it comes to Australia, 45% of foreigners will think about Melbourne, another 45% will do so with Sydney, the last 10% is scattered around other metropolitans. It's not a surprise, since Melbourne and Sydney are the two biggest and most developed cities in Australia.

The Yarra River in Melbourne
Glen Allison—Photodisc Green/Getty Images

The industries in both cities are so strong that they help the economy as much as the mining boom helps Queensland and Western Australia. The education quality is, needless to say, the best in Australia. For example, both Melbourne and Sydney have 2 universities in Go8 (remember the Group of Eight I mentioned earlier?)

Now, here is our evidence of the winning place in the race against Sydney: Melbourne is ranked as the best city in the world to live in, according to an survey from Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011. Here's the link to the survey.

So that concludes my writing. Did you enjoy reading it? I hope you can find it entertaining as I did when I first found out these rivalries!
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