We have strong partnerships with international universities, research institutes and community organisations.

These partnerships are nurtured through specialised services, creating extensive networks for our students and researchers in Australia and overseas.

International research & community engagement

Victoria University strives for internationally-recognised research success, especially in quality research outcomes aligned with our key research themes.

We partner and collaborate with institutions, industry groups, and organisations across the globe, including the World Health Organization and our long-standing alliance with Timor-Leste.

Our collaborative and commercial research activities have real world applications and aim to find evidence based solutions to important contemporary challenges in Australia, Asia and globally.

At VU, we rate highly for our research excellence, performing strongly in the citations pillar of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings from 2023. In the 2024 University Rankings, we rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

Victoria University has provisioned education assistance to Timor-Leste through education and scholarship opportunities, a specialised training course delivered in-country, and joint conferences focussing on the development of the independent nation.

Many of these activities are the result of our association with institutions such as the Dili Institute of Technology and the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e.

In 2009, Victoria University admitted the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa to His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta, President of The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The award recognised his contribution to the establish the independence of Timor-Leste.

Dr José Ramos-Horta speaking at a VU seminar on preventing conflicts, ending wars and building peace in 2015.

We are a leader in sport education and research. Our Institute for Health & Sport (IHES) undertakes research activities in collaboration with Australian sporting bodies including the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport.

In April 2017, we became a signatory to the India-Australia Sport Partnership. We're sharing our sport expertise, research and experience with India as it establishes its first national sport university.

Our global approach to sports research (with IHES research programs) focuses on:

  • international sport policy and success
  • sporting excellence in India working with the Australia-India Council
  • Sports Tech Incubator (Start Up Village) India
  • socio-cultural and tourism dimensions of the Olympic Games.

In 2015 we received the highest ERA rating of 5 (well-above world standard) in human movement and sports science, and a rating of 4 (above world standard) in medical physiology.

In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), researchers from our Program of Applied Informatics recently developed the eSTEPS 2.0 software, a handheld computer-based data collection system.

The system aims to transform the paper-based STEPS questionnaire into an electronic form. eSTEPS can run from a PDA, incorporating automatic skips, valid range checks and automatic assigning of ID numbers, and other functions for data collections.

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International education agents

Education agents with VU agreements can submit applications on behalf of students. We are not seeking new education agents.

To discuss an education agent agreement, contact our international office.

International students

Contact VU International for help with international student course applications and visa enquiries.

Or meet a representative in your home country to discuss study options in person.

Partnership enquiries

Submit an enquiry about working collaboratively to deliver education overseas or undertaking joint research activities.

We can also provide information on exchange opportunities for students and staff.