Victoria University, Australia
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Peter Dawkins|
Victoria University (VU) is a multi-sector tertiary institution (higher education and TAFE) based in Melbourne, Australia. VU has various colleges; for example: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, Health and Biomedicine, Law and Justice, and Sport and Exercise Science. VU operates out of nine campuses in the Melbourne CBD and western regions. VU caters to more than 51,000 students in its campuses worldwide.
VU was founded in 1916 as Footscray Technical School. In 1990, it was established by the Victorian Parliament as the Victoria University of Technology. In 2005 it began to trade as Victoria University.
- 1 VU structure
- 2 Research
- 3 Campuses
- 4 Students
- 5 Student accommodation
- 6 History
- 7 Notable Alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
VU offers internationally recognised qualifications ranging from certificates and diplomas through to higher education degrees, postgraduate masters programs and doctoral research degrees (PhD).
Seven academic colleges focusing on a range of qualification levels in specific broad discipline area replaced the university's faculty system in 2013.
- The College of Arts offers a range of pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and conducts world-class research in arts, cultural studies, communication, community development, creative arts and industries, psychology, social science and social work.
- The College of Business has extensive networks of international partnerships making it one of the largest, prestigious and most progressive business schools in Australia. Training is provided across various areas including business, management, accounting, finance and human resources. It also has ties with professional organisations and conducts research at its associated centres: the Centre for Tourism and Services Research and the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies.
- The College of Engineering and Science offers architectural, building, civil, mechanical, electrical, and sports engineering courses, as well as courses in information technology, building surveying and science. Bachelor of Engineering students undertake at least three months practical training as part of their degree. Many VU engineering courses contain a team-based Problem-Based Learning approach that uses real-life problems for teaching and learning.
- The College of Education emphasises workplace learning in teacher and youth work education through its partnerships with schools, community organisations and industry, especially in Melbourne’s west. It is one of the few Australian universities to offer a Bachelor of Education (P-12) so graduates can teach at any level.
- The College of Health and Biomedicine provides hands-on learning, teaching and research in nursing and midwifery, dermal therapies, osteopathy, beauty therapy, nutrition and paramedics. Learning in simulation labs and training clinics and salons is a compulsory part of most courses.
- The College of Law and Justice provides education designed in consultation with legal professionals. The Victoria Law School operates from City Queen Campus in Melbourne’s legal district. Second and third-year students can participate in real cases at the Melbourne, Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates’ Courts.
- The College of Sport and Exercise Science offers courses in aspects of sport, physical education, recreation management, coaching, and exercise science. The courses are based mainly at Footscray Park, site of the University’s new sport and learning precinct and its Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL).
Victoria University also delivers trades training. Its Trades College offers pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships and traineeships in building and construction trades, engineering and machining, hospitality, hairdressing and make-up. Construction programs are based at VU's Sunshine Campus in an industry training facility opened in 2013.
- VU College provides a range of student support programs for local and international students across all University colleges, including assistance with English language, literacy and numeracy. It also delivers nationally-accredited and customised courses, and career development services.
Victoria University emphasises research that is of relevance to the community, industry and government – both nationally and internationally, but particularly in the western region of Melbourne. The VU Research Plan 2012-2016 supports multidisciplinary research in several target areas: applied informatics; creative arts and writing; diversity and wellbeing; education, diversity and lifelong learning; food and nutritional sciences; medical and health sciences; supply chain, logistics and transport; sport, exercise and active living; strategic economics; and sustainable environmental technologies.
Victoria University has various research institutes and centres.
- Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning
- Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
- Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL)
- Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
- Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)
- Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
- Applied Informatics Research Centre
- Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
- Work-based Education Research Centre (WERC)
- human movement and sport science, including elite athlete development and diabetes research
- electrical and electronic engineering, including research in control systems and signal and image processing
- pharmacology and pharmaceutical science, including cancer and gene therapy research
The University received an ERA rating of 4 (above world standard) in:
- applied mathematics
- medical physiology
and ratings of 3 (world standard) in:
- artificial intelligence and image processing
- distributed computing
- chemical engineering
- civil engineering
- food sciences
- social work
- performing arts and creative writing
- cultural studies
Victoria University's nine campuses are located across Melbourne's western suburbs and the city centre.
The Footscray Park Campus on Ballarat Road, Footscray is the University's primary campus. It occupies a seven-hectare site overlooking Flemington Racecourse and the Maribyrnong River. A $68.5 million sport and learning precinct, including sport and exercise science research labs, was completed in early 2011. The Campus also has a 25-metre swimming pool and childcare centre.
The St Albans Campus on McKecknie Street St Albans is the University's health and education hub, with focus on psychology, nursing, arts, paramedic and biomedical science. It is set on 32 hectares of native grasslands and sugar gums. The new St Albans Health & Fitness Centre was opened in 2013.
The Footscray Nicholson Campus, is in central Footscray, on the corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets. It delivers TAFE, VCE and short courses. It has a new learning commons offering a conglomeration of educational services.
City Flinders, is situated in two buildings at 300 Flinders Street and 301 Flinders Lane in central Melbourne. The Flinders Lane building focuses on osteopathy and English language training. The 19-storey Flinders Street building overlooks Melbourne's historic Flinders Street Station, the Yarra River and the Southbank precinct. Many of VU's courses in graphic design, visual art, multimedia, and postgraduate business courses are taught at this campus. The Flinders Street building also contains convention facilities.
The City King campus is located in a high-rise building close to Southern Cross Station. This campus provides health and beauty courses, and includes a hair and beauty salon that is open to the public.
The City Queen Campus occupies two heritage buildings in the heart of Melbourne's legal precinct.
295 Queen Street houses the University's College of Law and Justice, the Law Library and The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. The building also contains two moot courts, computer laboratories, lecture theatres and seminar rooms. 283 Queen Street houses some of the University's Business and Law activities, including postgraduate business programs, undergraduate law, and continuing legal education.
The Werribee Campus is located in the Werribee agricultural research/tertiary education precinct in two diagonally adjacent sections spread over 16 hectares. It includes trades training, facilities for water, food and fire safety research, and an animal care and breeding facility.
The Melton campus offers a range of TAFE and community courses at its Rees Road, Melton South site. Many programs are taught in partnerships with secondary schools in the region, including the university's new diploma-into-degree programs.
The Sunshine Campus is located on Ballarat Road, Sunshine and offers TAFE courses, focusing mainly on business and construction. The $44 million Sunshine Construction Futures building was opened in 2013 for building and construction training. The campus also contains a Convention Centre with a 200-seat auditorium.
In late 2010 the VU opened an $8 million Sport and Recreation Learning Centre in partnership with the Western Bulldogs Football Club at Whitten Oval in West Footscray. It contains massage therapy clinics open to the public as well as a 140-seat lecture theatre, a library, classrooms and offices.
Victoria University delivers a number of courses to international students only at its campus in Sydney, operated in partnership with the Education Centre of Australia (ECA).
In 2012, VU had 51,642 enrolled students divided nearly equally between higher education degree programs and TAFE training courses. Nearly 15,000 of these were international students studying VU programs onshore at one of its Melbourne or Sydney campuses, or offshore at one of its partner organisations located mainly in Asia. 
VU owns and operates a range of student accommodations for university students, staff and guests.
The Student Village is a university-owned residential complex on Williamson Road, Maribyrnong. The Village provides accommodation for 510 students near Highpoint Shopping Centre. Priority is given to students from VU, but when vacancies exist, accommodation is available to students from other universities.
Victoria Place is a three-storey apartment complex at 117–119 Ballarat Road, Footscray, a five-minute walk from Footscray Park Campus. It has fully furnished and self-contained apartments, as well as three-bedroom units with en suite and disability access.
Victoria University's housing support programs provide free advice and assistance to current students.
VU was launched in 1916 as Footscray Technical School. Since then, it has undergone several name changes through a series of amalgamations with institutions across the west of Melbourne.
The institutions that were combined to form VU, include:
- Footscray Technical School, renamed Footscray Technical College
- Footscray Technical College, renamed Footscray Institute of Technology
- Footscray College of TAFE
- Newport Technical School, renamed Newport College of TAFE
- Gellibrand College of TAFE, renamed Western Metropolitan College of TAFE.
- Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE
- Melbourne College of Decoration (Painting, Decorating and Signwriting Programs only)
- Flagstaff College of TAFE
- Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE
- Ali Abdo, Olympic wrestler
- Liam Adams, long-distance running champion
- Ngconde Balfour, former South African sport and recreation minister
- Ron Barassi, Australian Football League legend
- Nathan Buckley, former Collingwood captain
- Jeffrey Cheah, founder of the Sunway Group
- Simon Garlick, CEO of the Western Bulldogs
- Andrew Gaze, former basketballer
- Karen Jackson, Professional water skier
- Telmo Languiller, Victorian MP
- Tammy Lobato, Victorian MP
- Mike McKay, Olympian and member of the 'Oarsome Foursome'
- Pia Miranda, actress
- Catherine Ng, Melbourne City councillor
- Natalie O'Brien, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival CEO
- Campbell Rose, former CEO of the Western Bulldogs
- Larry Sengstock, former basketballer
- Rob Stary, Prominent criminal lawyer
- Fatai Veamatahau, finalist, The Voice 2012
- Mitch Wallis, footballer, Western Bulldogs
- Kim Wells, Victorian State Government Treasurer
- Logistics & Supply Chain Programmes
- "Victoria University of Technology Act". Parliament of Victoria.
- "VU Research Plan 2012-2016" (pdf). VU. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment
- "Victoria University increases world standing in research" (Press release). VU. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- "VU's new sports centre brings a world of fitness to the west" (Press release). VU. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- "Tour Victoria University's new Trades College building at Sunshine" (Press release). VU. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- "Victoria University unveils its new teaching facilities in a bright new kennel" (Press release). VU. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- 2012 Annual Report
- VU Student support: Housing & finance
- VU and its predecessor institutions