VU has targeted community engagement with flagship projects in Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Wyndham and the Melbourne CBD.
Our international engagement is made via a distinctive contribution to the Asian Century through key partnerships.
The University has strong regional partnerships, reputation and expertise that span learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange in particular, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore as well as Timor Leste.
Indigenous community engagement
We value the contribution made by Indigenous members of society and recognise the need to enhance the level of opportunity available to them. VU has established to assist Indigenous Australians wanting to and students attending VU.
- Gamadji (Grow) – to grow the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in tertiary education
- Dambunmon (Share) – to share, acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal culture, knowledge and history
- Jerrboongun (Connect) – to connect the university cultural and physical environment to Aboriginal culture in a meaningful way.
The Strategy commits VU to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities, particularly in Melbourne’s west, to address issues that may affect their social, health and economic wellbeing.
Engaging with our heartland, the west of Melbourne
VU was born in, and proudly remains part of, the west of Melbourne. While our reach and our aspirations are now global – we remain focused on our vision – to uplift the communities where we operate.
We have a particular focus on engaging with industries and communities which live and operate in Melbourne’s west. For VU, an institution that is deeply connected with our region, fostering interdisciplinary problem solving is a distinctive feature of our approach to learning and teaching, and research and translation.
We ensure our graduates are prepared to address contemporary and emerging challenges. We give them skills that can be used in their future workplaces in the west and beyond.
Our research, leveraging from its local context, is known for generating outcomes of national and global significance.
West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA)
Focused on strengthening economic development in the west, is a collaboration between Victoria University, State Government and key stakeholders in the west of Melbourne, including local government and the business community.
Footscray University Town
is a bold and innovative partnership between Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council to revitalise Footscray as a hub of knowledge, learning, creativity and opportunity, with benefits for the whole community.