Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

We partner with business, government, community and key stakeholders in our heartland, the west of Melbourne – and as far away as Timor-Leste – to develop opportunities for our students and expand the reach of innovative research. Our partnerships have a shared purpose and create mutually beneficial outcomes that have real, lasting impact in the communities we serve.

In 2021, a new network of research and innovation hubs connect research, education, government, industry partners and the community with the specific aim of creating a future that aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Partnerships also inform our teaching and learning, and we are dedicated to the idea of a 'flipped campus', with at least one industry partner based at each of our campuses.

Many developing countries are battling record inflation, rising interest rates and looming debt burdens, competing priorities, and limited fiscal space. A major surge in concerted action is needed to ensure developing countries have access to the financing and technologies needed to accelerate SDG implementation.
– United Nations

VU’s Research Strategy (PDF, 13.99 MB)is centred on planetary health as the central concept in VU’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the development of the strategy, the importance of place and co-design with partners in the community, industry and government was foregrounded to anchor VU’s research in solutions for sustainable development.

The strategic plan outlines our aim for campus precincts connected with ethical industry partners and meeting the challenges of surrounding communities, through embedding partners on campus.

Victoria University’s graduate capabilities aims to ensure that every student will contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world by developing:

The ability to work inclusively in settings of social and cultural diversity and to act responsibly as a worker, citizen and learner to build sustainable futures for self and others.

Sustainability on campus

This focus and commitment extends to a wider university endeavour for planetary health and sustainability in all our functions, in the development of the Sustainability Initiatives to ensure campus operations and investments are carbon neutral by 2025, and in the Campus Master Plan for campus precincts connected with ethical industry partners and meeting the challenges of surrounding communities.