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West of Melbourne Charter

The New Way to Do Uni

Victoria University

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Gaye Hamilton
VU Council member, Chancellor 2020

Melbourne's west has been the home of Victoria University for over a century. The West of Melbourne Charter formalises the bond VU has with our heartland and publicly commits to a set of core commitments.

It will inform and continue VU's work with the seven local government areas along with key industry and community partners. Through the charter VU is forging a future pathway with a renewed focus and commitment to Melbourne's west.

We are creating true value and opportunities for our local communities as an innovative leading education provider that collaborates with local communities to create true value and opportunity and we look forward to further strengthening our connection to Melbourne's west.

I'm pleased to officially launch the West of Melbourne Charter and I would like to introduce Peter Dawkins, Liz Beattie and Jim Williamson who will be talking about the Charter’s important commitment.

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Victoria University acknowledges, recognises and respects the Boonwurrung, Waddawurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional owners of University land in Victoria.

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Strengthening Social & Economic Wellbeing

Jim Williamson
Chair of LeadWest

The west has grown from a community of around three or four hundred thousand up to around a million and it is a very diverse community, but it's also a very young one, and this social element has been a really key aspect of Vic Uni and making sure it provides courses and programs that are geared there.

Liz Beattie
Chair of the West of Melbourne Advisory Committee (WoMAC)

I think there's no doubt, Peter, that the west is going to be the real powerhouse of Victoria. We see the big projects happening in Victoria and VU is well placed to provide students for all those big projects.

Professor Peter Dawkins AO
Vice-Chancellor and President of VU

Absolutely, and one of the other great things about the west of Melbourne is that the state government has designated a number of priority precincts and we have Footscray, we have Sunshine, we have Werribee, hopefully in due course Melton. And Victoria University is present - we see ourselves playing an important leadership and partnership role in fostering these exciting innovation, employment and cultural precincts.

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Diversity is our strength

Professor Peter Dawkins AO

So cultural diversity is really at the essence of the new Australia isn't it, and VU epitomises that more than any other university that I've ever been at and those sort of cross-cultural skills that people will need for the future.

I think VU is a great place to foster those skills and that cross-cultural understanding with our Indigenous community, with all of those many cultures. International students add a dimension but they're not as conspicuous as they are in many other universities because of the huge cultural diversity of the whole student population and that's just such an exciting and vibrant place to be.

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The VU Way

Through The VU Way we've transformed our teaching and learning at Victoria University through the block model, through modern teaching and learning in the polytechnic which means that students from the west of Melbourne get an outstanding education - either vocational education or higher education. More and more students are choosing to come to Victoria University. That's going to be great for the west and for our reputation of having a great university and producing outstanding graduates.

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Growing access & participation

In a way that's accessible to the whole population. Any student from any background we cater for through our full array of tertiary education to foster those skills for the for the 21st century and prepare students to be work ready, tech ready and life ready.

Liz Beattie

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Connecting with People & Place

Victoria University has a range of campuses right across the west of Melbourne and those campuses just aren't learning spaces they’re community spaces and they’re community destinations.

Professor Peter Dawkins AO

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Planetary Health (Creating a healthy & sustainable future)

We need the west of Melbourne to be liveable, sustainable, we need a healthy population - all of that is embedded in planetary health and our research institutes and our teaching programs are trying to work together in a multi-disciplinary way to ensure place-based planetary health across our whole region and that really adds to the moral purpose of Victoria University.

Jim Williamson

Thank you, Victoria University, for your contribution and commitment to the west of Melbourne for more than 100 years.

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A preview of the West of Melbourne Charter, which can be viewed in full at www.vu.edu.au/university-of-the-west.

In launching this West of Melbourne Charter, you are placing the university at the heart of Melbourne's west and also renewing your commitment to work with the communities and industries that ensure the west of Melbourne students are fully equipped with the knowledge skills and capabilities to be the creators of a sustainable and vibrant future for Melbourne's west.

Jim Williamson

And we have shown in the west that when we work together, we are successful together and we can make great things happen. I am very excited and delighted about the future of the west of Melbourne.

Thank you for watching.

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To listen to the whole conversation, head to:

https://youtu.be/6CjsaSlm5s

To read the Charter, follow vu.edu.au/university-of-the-west, or scan here:

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