Today's Victoria University is a direct descendant of Footscray Technical School (the School), which first opened its doors to students in February 1916. It was intended by local businesses and community to offer students an education that would fit them for a role in the skilled workforce and raise students out of the ranks of unskilled labourers. The School adopted the image of the 'Door of Opportunity' as a means of expressing to the entire community its purpose and reason for existence.
Our vision is to be open and excellent, creating exceptional value for any student from any background and uplifting the communities in which we operate, is based in strong foundations laid nearly a century ago.
At Victoria University we are taking the national agenda for STEM education forwards, by working to provide students and teachers with:
Our vocational education programs (often referred to as TAFE) produce industry-focused, work-ready graduates with a wide range of national vocational education and training qualifications.
Purpose-built diplomas are also offered that pathway directly into bachelor degrees.
Our undergraduate degrees prepare students for careers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors across a wide range of subject areas.
Industry-relevant postgraduate programs are designed to further careers by deepening or broadening areas of professional expertise.
Our research higher degree courses are seen as gateways to careers in research and development.
With 15 research disciplines ranked at or above world standard in the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) assessments, VU offers world-class research opportunities.
Our researchers work across multidisciplinary research focus areas to develop new technologies and solve real world problems. Research is supported by our partnerships with industry and our research institutes and centres to provide beneficial outcomes to organisations, governments and communities.
We offer our research students and staff many avenues for professional development.
Researchers are also supported through access to excellent facilities and a range of opportunities for sharing their research.
Our researchers have access to a wide range of specialist laboratories and research facilities that are ranked among the best in Australia and the world.
VU research students also have access to dedicated study and computing facilities in the form of a Research Student Lounge and Research Room located in two of our campus Libraries (Footscray Park and Werribee).
Being one of six universities in Australia to offer both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education, VU is able to provide attractive pathways from diplomas to degrees across a range of study areas.
Victoria University (VU) aims to enrich your social and learning opportunities both on and off campus.
Develop your personal and professional skills with our leadership and volunteering programs. Get the most out of your degree through placements or by studying overseas for a semester.
Our Careers team are also on hand to help you plan for life after university, with a range of face-to-face and online services available.
We have a range of services available to assist you throughout your studies and to help you get the most out of university life.
Student Advisors, located at VUHQ, are your first point of contact with VU. They provide personalised advice, and can connect you with the services below for further support.
For course-specific advice and administration, contact your Course and Unit Administrator.
You can find out more about increasing your employability through our careers service and our job-ready program, as well as other opportunities in your course, such as leadership and volunteering programs, placements or study abroad.
We also offer advice on staying safe in Melbourne, including emergency-services and campus-security contact details.
Victoria University has campuses across Melbourne's central and western suburbs.
Victoria University is pleased to offer guaranteed accommodation to new and continuing full-time domestic and international students in 2018. This offer is in partnership with UniLodge, our accommodation provider.
UniLodge @ VU offers new purpose-built student accommodation apartments in Footscray with excellent facilities and a community environment – all within a short walking distance to classes!
UniLodge offers accommodation in:
If UniLodge @ VU (Footscray) is full, the accommodation guarantee also applies to other UniLodge properties.
Our online resources are available 24 hours a day from wherever you are. You can also visit any of our seven campus libraries for help with your information needs, access to a PC or a quiet place to study.
The libraries enable access to quality information, provide excellent learning spaces and services, and support the University's research activities.
Victoria University has seven libraries across its campuses. The libraries offer a variety of facilities and services including:
We have a Health Advisor at VU who can provide advice, information and referrals.
We have compiled a list of wellbeing resources that are also available to help you find the assistance you need to stay physically and mentally healthy. We also have several health and personal service clinics where you can receive treatments such as osteopathy, massage, nutritional and dietary advice and psychology services.
VU offers convenient, safe and friendly university accommodation in fully furnished apartments.
If you are leaving home for the first time, or joining VU from interstate or overseas, staying in our student accommodation takes the stress out of finding a place to live.
Our student housing is in a convenient and friendly apartment block, less than 7km from the heart of Melbourne, close to public transport and Highpoint Shopping Centre. It's just a short walk to classes at our Footscray Park Campus giving you easy access to on-campus facilities and services including:
Victoria University (VU) has plenty of options for staff and students wanting to join a sporting club and play in local competitions.
Our sport and fitness centres provide a range of sporting facilities across five campuses, including an aquatic centre, five indoor sports courts, an athletics track and tennis courts.
We also offer world-class sports programs, from TAFE diplomas through to PhDs. Browse our sport and exercise courses.
Joining a club or student group is a great opportunity to make friends and meet other people studying your course or who share similar interests!
We have a large and diverse range of student-run clubs. If you are interested in joining, contact them on the details provided.
Many of our courses are developed with, and accredited by globally recognised industry bodies including:
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.