Protecting Country: A driver of our strategy

Progressive inclusivity
Indigenous achievement
Student-centric values
Philanthropy goals
Sustainability practice

We have a responsibility to respect and listen to Indigenous voices and standpoints and, in all that we do, improve the health and wellbeing of the planet we share. We are committed to protecting Country, and developing Indigenous-led cultural, social and climate solutions.

At every opportunity we will address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our sustainability approach

Achieving the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global goals is critical for protecting the future health and wellbeing of humanity and the planet that we share. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are focusing worldwide efforts to address extreme poverty, heal our degraded planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

The global goals are an urgent call for action. Through our collective efforts, we are making a difference.

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The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings measure the impact universities across the globe are having on society, through the lens of the SDGs.

In 2022, VU was ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide and ranked 13th for Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6); 32nd for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16); 41st for Quality Education (SDG4); and 65th for Partnership for the Goals (SDG17).

Moondani Balluk

Moondani Balluk means ‘embrace people’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people. Our vision for the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit is to create and foster a culturally sensitive environment that welcomes, nurtures and recreates community, based on relationship to land, culture, law and elders.

We share Aboriginal knowledge and strive to integrate Aboriginal practices into our curricula, research and work. We work towards creating a respectful community for all people through mutually engaged relationships, while pursuing political and social justice, equity, and access to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.