VU Academy for Social Change & Leadership enables students to learn leadership skills and achieve success, while making a positive impact on society and the environment.

At VU, we believe in providing an educational experience that prepares students for life, helping them to make a real impact by creating and working on real-world social and environmental projects. These opportunities allow students to develop leadership, entrepreneurship and 21st-century skills that will aid them in their future careers and day-to-day lives. 

The Academy is a place for students to explore and create ideas that can make the world a better place. 

Social impact programs

There has never been more of a need for good in the world. VU students are invited to activate their social conscience by taking part in our social-impact programs.

This stream of programs has been designed especially for VU students who are socially aware and want to make a difference. They include the international university program Enactus, and VU Space School.

By participating in a VU Academy social-impact program, students will have an opportunity to develop skills in areas such as:

  • entrepreneurship
  • sustainability
  • teamwork
  • innovation
  • community building
  • design
  • engineering
  • business and marketing
  • technology.

Check out the programs below for more information, or propose your own idea.

EnactusVU supports student-led projects that create solutions for social and environmental problems in our communities. EnactusVU is the Victoria University branch of Enactus, an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.

Working as a team to tackle global issues - as defined by the United Nations Global Goals - students will be mentored by educators and business-people. This collaborative work aims to positively transform the lives of people in their community and around the world, by developing and implementing solutions to real-world problems.

As a member of EnactusVU you will:

  • be challenged and stimulated with hands-on experiential learning to develop the attributes and characteristics of a leader
  • build key skills that include inspiring and leading, building teams, critical thinking, effective communications and sustainability - skills that will increase your employability and 'future-proof' your career
  • build confidence and enhance your problem-solving skills through real-world challenges
  • increase your social awareness as a citizen of the world
  • gain new perspectives
  • make a genuine contribution and a positive difference to the lives of people in communities that you will work in.

Each year, Enactus university teams across Australia compete for the ‘Best Social Enterprise Project’ award. The winning team has the opportunity to compete internationally against other Enactus teams, in the Enactus World Cup.

If you have a desire to make a difference, to use entrepreneurial action to empower people and improve their livelihood in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way, then the EnactusVU program is for you.

Time commitment for this program is approximately 2 -5 hours per week.

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Register your interest

Register your interest in one or more of the social impact programs or professional development programs at VU Academy.

Register your interest

Contact us

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 3 9919 4281