University of the west

Victoria University (VU) has been providing tertiary education opportunities to students from the west and beyond for over a hundred years.

We have also been working closely with industry and community partners to support economic growth and build a healthier, smarter and more sustainable west.

We are the west of Melbourne's university.

Our commitment to the west

Today's VU is a direct descendant of Footscray Technical School, which opened in 1916.

Leveraging on our history and longstanding tradition of high quality education, our vision is to build a strong and vibrant university with inseparable ties to the west of Melbourne.

Our commitment to the west extends to the VU Values. VU is ‘always west’: welcoming, ethical, shaping the future, together. This is also symbolic of place.

As the University of Opportunity and Success, we are committed to being inclusive rather than exclusive, providing learning experiences and research collaborations that meet the needs of our local communities.

Our vision incorporates our aspiration to uplift communities across Melbourne's west. We are proud of the impact we've had on the region in our twenty-six year history as a university, and over a hundred years of educational contribution through our predecessor institutions. But there is much more to do.

Our ongoing commitment is to deliver immeasurable impact for both VU and the entire region, driving economic prosperity and meeting the health, education and community service needs of the west's diverse and rapidly growing population.

West of Melbourne charter

All of these sentiments are captured in the new West of Melbourne Charter – a document that formalises the bond VU has with our heartland and publicly commits to a set of core commitments:

  • The VU Way
  • Connecting with people and place
  • Strengthening social and economic wellbeing
  • Diversity is our strength
  • Growing access and participation
  • Creating a healthy and sustainable future.

The Charter will inform and continue VU’s work with the seven Local Government Areas outlined in the VU Act (2010), along with key industry and community partners.

Read the full West of Melbourne Charter.

Positioned for success

VU's iconic presence in the western and central districts of Melbourne closely connects us with industry and community across four major precincts - Footscray, Sunshine/St Albans, Werribee, and Queen Street.

Our presence is anchored by state-of-the-art facilities, and our campuses supplemented with industry- and community-integrated learning sites such as Victoria University Whitten Oval and Sunshine Hospital.

Our ability to effectively meet the needs of our heartland will play a leading role in contributing to the economic and social prosperity of the region, which is economically important to the future of the State of Victoria.

Indigenous opportunity & success

The Victoria University Bathelmun Yalingwa Strategy 2017-2020 outlines our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ opportunity and success, particularly in our heartland, the west of Melbourne.

This commitment not only encompasses the success of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, but also the role we play as a regional leader in raising awareness and addressing challenges.

Building healthier, smarter & more sustainable communities

VU is a research powerhouse.

Through our two key interdisciplinary themes, Health, Sport and Active Living and Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, we are undertaking high-quality and innovative applied and translational research in areas of critical importance to the contemporary world, in particular the west of Melbourne.

Chronic disease such as diabetes and mental health problems are increasingly prevalent. This is particularly the case for the west of Melbourne, affecting some parts, such as Brimbank, more than others. Through the Health, Sport and Active Living focus we are taking a strategic evidence based approach to addressing key challenges in health, sport and active living.

Sustainability, liveability and industry restructuring are key issues in contemporary Australia, nowhere more so than in the west of Melbourne. Melbourne's west faces a number of challenges in adapting to rapid population growth and a transitioning economy, and Victoria University is uniquely placed to meet those challenges through our Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities theme.

World-class university, world-class opportunity

Our reputation as an education and research powerhouse, ranked firmly in the top 2% of the world’s best universities, positions Victoria University as the premier university for Melbourne's west.

We are very proud to be world class in the west.

While we are strongly anchored in the west through our campuses in Footscray, Sunshine, St Albans and Werribee, we are a university with a global outlook.

VU has delivered qualifications in Asia for more than 20 years. In 2015, VU provided courses to more than 8,500 students in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore at universities including Liaoning University, Hanoi University and Sunway College.

VU also attracts a large number of international students with over 5,000 international onshore students. Many of these students study and reside in the West, contributing to the cultural diversity of the region and further influencing VU’s economic impact on the west of Melbourne.