Given that the multilateral and global partnerships were already challenged due to scarce financial resources, trade tensions, technological obstacles and lack of data, the pandemic has added an unprecedented shock to the global system.
– United Nations

We partner with business, government, community and key stakeholders in our heartland, the west of Melbourne – and as far away as Timor-Leste – to develop opportunities for our students and expand the reach of innovative research. Our partnerships have a shared purpose and create mutually beneficial outcomes that have real, lasting impact in the communities we serve.

In 2021, a new network of research and innovation hubs connect research, education, government, industry partners and the community with the specific aim of creating a future that aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Partnerships also inform our teaching and learning, and we are dedicated to the idea of a 'flipped campus', with at least one industry partner based at each of our campuses.

17 Partnerships for the goals (5 intersecting rings icon)

Research projects & engagement 2020-21

Professor Anthony Zulli was a co-first author together with Martin Caprnda of The therapeutic effect of B-type natriuretic peptides in acute decompensated heart failure, to review the clinical data on B-type natriuretic peptides (BNP) for the treatment of acute heart failure. Despite the potential for BNP to treat renal failure, several clinical trials of the treatment have failed to demonstrate beneficial outcomes. The review of the clinical data, funded by the Czech Science Foundation, was to establish a detailed understanding of the mechanism of BNP and a better integration of basic and clinical science, involved a team of seventeen researchers from: Slovakia, Australia, United Kingdom, Norway, Romania, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Canada.

The Mitchell Institute released the national policy blueprint Self-Care For Health. The policy blueprint presents nine priorities to support self-care and improve the underlying factors linked to disparate health outcomes for well resourced versus disadvantaged communities. The report launched by the Federal Minister for Health, Honourable Greg Hunt MP, was developed by seven expert working groups developed the blueprint, involving researchers and authorities from Australian and international universities and government and non-government health organisations, including the World Health Organization.

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos collaborated with an international team of researchers for The potential application of probiotics and prebiotics for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Professors Željko Pedišić and Stuart Biddle joined with five other researchers from five countries to review National physical activity and sedentary behaviour policies in 76 countries: availability, comprehensiveness, implementation, and effectiveness.

Closer to home, Professor Pedišić was a contributing author to the Getting Australia Active III policy report to the Australian Department of Health. The report was prepared by The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, a national collaboration of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are working together to identify new ways of understanding what works and what doesn’t to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems in Australia.

A team of seven researchers from IHES – Tawar Qaradakhi, Laura Kate Gadanec, Kristen Renee McSweeney, Alexander Tacey, Vasso Apostolopoulos, Itamar Levinger and Anthony Zulli – collaborated with researchers from Slovakia, Canada, Spain and the Czech Republic to establish the potential for the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2) activator diminazene aceturate (DIZE) in the treatment of cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

VU’s Research Strategy 2021–2025 is centred on planetary health and VU’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the development of the strategy, the importance of place and co-design with partners in the community, industry and government was foregrounded to anchor VU’s research in solutions for sustainable development.

This focus and commitments extended to a wider university endeavour for planetary health and sustainability in all our functions, in the development of the University Sustainability to ensure: campus operations and investments are carbon neutral by 2025; and the Campus Master Plan for campus precincts connected with ethical industry partners and meeting the challenges of surrounding communities.

VU Vollies Volunteering Program provides students with volunteering opportunities on campus and in the local community throughout the year. The Vollies assist in the delivery of various events in the local community such as West Projections, One Night in Footscray and AFL Clinics. During 2020 VU Vollies students shared their stories from lockdown to encourage, support and inspire each other through a long and challenging winter.

V4U Day is Victoria University’s biggest community volunteering event of the year, where staff, students and alumni take part in activities over a full day. In 2020 V4U Day was held remotely due to lockdowns with volunteers working in virtual groups to make, entertain, connect and plan to benefit community groups across Melbourne’s west.

V4U Day supports the local community.

Programs addressing Goal 17