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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

Victoria University (VU) is a dual-sector university based in Melbourne. As the University of Opportunity and Success, it is our mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities to students from diverse countries, cultures, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds to help them grow their capabilities and transform their lives. Our students are known for their entrepreneurial mindset, employability and contributions to industry and community.

We are one of the few Australian universities that provide both higher education and vocational education and training in the form of certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs. VU offers unique educational opportunities through our distinctive model of tertiary education, offering flexible pathways across the whole spectrum of tertiary studies. We have a reputation for outstanding use-inspired and impactful research and authentic engagement with industry and community and a commitment to transforming communities, especially our heartland, the West of Melbourne. 

In 2015, we had over 40,000 students, including approximately 11,000 international students, with over half studying VU courses at one of our partner institutions in Asia.

We have seven academic colleges: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, Health and Biomedicine, Law and Justice and Sport and Exercise Science. We also have a standalone TAFE Division, Victoria Polytechnic, delivering National Training Package qualifications through high quality, industry-focused blended learning. Our VU College delivers pathway programs and coordinates our transnational education.

Our research institutes and centres conduct research that informs our learning and teaching, and provides transformative benefits to industry and community through collaborative partnerships. Our areas of research focus are built around three themes of Sport, Health and Active Living; Education, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development and Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, each of which contributes to a fourth Public Policy Theme. These themes reflect our desire to engage and provide evidence-based solutions to contemporary social, environmental and economic problems. Our research strength is evident at the highest levels, with the Australian Government’s Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA 2015) initiative rating the University at world standard or above in 15 disciplines.

Over the past 12 years the University has become firmly established as a leader in transnational education and international engagement through our synergistic partnerships, especially in Asia. We are a university of choice for Asian students.

As the only university based in the West of Melbourne, we champion the communities in this region and seek transformative education and research-based partnerships with industry and community.  Footscray University Town, our collaboration with local government, community organisations and industry partners, anchors our presence in the West.

In 2016 we will celebrate a Centenary of Opportunity - 100 years of Victoria University and its predecessor institutions offering outstanding educational opportunities to students. In this time, Victoria University has had a transformational impact on thousands of students from diverse backgrounds, in the West of Melbourne and beyond.