The School for the Visitor Economy is a cross-university school providing the hospitality and tourism industries with qualified professionals to support rapid growth across the sector.

The school delivers industry-based programs across all qualification levels, from pre-vocational certificates through to PhDs.

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Successful students

The School for the Visitor Economy builds on VU’s long history of producing highly-qualified tourism and destination management graduates, locally and internationally. The school enables students to pathway seamlessly between vocational education courses at Victoria University Polytechnic and tertiary courses at VU. Students can re-enter education at any point in their career to top-up their skills or to qualify for promotion.

Key industry partnerships inform all courses. Students are provided with work integrated learning opportunities, which ensures our graduates are job-ready.

Hospitality students also have access to Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning 150-seat training restaurant where they practise their skills in a live environment, with paying customers.

The Todd Blake Student Award is a prestigious, industry-recognised honour granted annually open to all VU students in Hospitality, Tourism or Event Management programs.

Industry & employer partners

The visitor economy is Australia’s second largest export industry, generating an estimated 12% of all Australian jobs. It’s growing and will continue to grow.

A key challenge for the sector is attracting and keeping staff with the talent and capabilities necessary to service current demand and to drive growth into the future. Staff will need to have the diverse skill sets required to work in this customer-facing sector, including people, technical, digital and managerial skills.

VU’s School for the Visitor Economy is designed to work in partnership with the tourism, events and hospitality sectors to develop the capabilities and skills necessary to support a strong industry and its growth. We work closely with our industry partners to ensure graduates leave us with the capabilities and hands-on skills necessary to start adding value straight away.

VU also has strong research capabilities, with cross-disciplinary expertise able to respond to future industry challenges and development needs with evidence-based solutions.