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Victoria University Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Peter Dawkins
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Campus locations

  • City Flinders
  • City Flinders Lane
  • City King
  • City Queen
  • Footscray Nicholson
  • Footscray Park
  • St Albans
  • Sunshine
  • Werribee
  • Sydney

A champion of diversity, Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne is recognised for its world-class teaching, research and international outlook, ranking in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016/17), and firmly positioned in the QS World University Rankings (2016/17). 

Delivering both higher education and vocational education and training, (via its TAFE division, Victoria Polytechnic), VU offers flexible pathways across certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees, as well as masters and PhDs.

VU has recently modernised its course entry requirements to include a broader range of selection criteria, providing greater accessibility and opportunity for students pursuing higher education.

With strong industry and community connections informing courses, VU graduates are provided practical learning that aligns with current and future industry needs. With an emphasis on career development, employability, entrepreneurship, and leadership capability for a global context, graduates are job-ready and highly regarded by prospective employers.

With its excellent research profile, VU provides quality research and research training which emphasises applied and translational research in the areas of Sport, Health and Active Living, and Sustainable, Liveable, Creative and Smart Cities.

VU is also one of the leading sports universities in the Southern Hemisphere, with several elite sport-related industry partnerships including an extremely successful 20 year partnership with the Western Bulldogs AFL team. 

VU creates opportunity and success for more than 40,000 students every year. This includes 5,500 international students studying in Melbourne from over 100 countries, and another 8,500 students at VU’s partner institutions in the People’s Republic of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Many of VU’s courses are developed with, and accredited by, globally recognised industry bodies, including Engineers Australia, Certified Practising Accountants Australia, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia, and the Australian Computer Society. 

In 2016, VU celebrated 100 years since the establishment of its founding institution, the Footscray Technical School, and concurrently its 25th anniversary as a university.

Today, VU continues to shape its future as a university that is accessible, flexible, internationally engaged, and strongly connected to local industry and community, truly making it the University of Opportunity and Success.