Today's VU is a direct descendant of Footscray Technical School, which opened in 1916.
Leveraging on our history and longstanding tradition of high quality education, our vision is to build a strong and vibrant university with inseparable ties to the west of Melbourne.
Our commitment to the west extends to the VU Values. VU is ‘always west’: welcoming, ethical, shaping the future, together. This is also symbolic of place.
As the University of Opportunity and Success, we are committed to being inclusive rather than exclusive, providing learning experiences and research collaborations that meet the needs of our local communities.
Our vision incorporates our aspiration to uplift communities across Melbourne's west. We are proud of the impact we've had on the region in our twenty-six year history as a university, and over a hundred years of educational contribution through our predecessor institutions. But there is much more to do.
Our ongoing commitment is to deliver immeasurable impact for both VU and the entire region, driving economic prosperity and meeting the health, education and community service needs of the west's diverse and rapidly growing population.
West of Melbourne charter
All of these sentiments are captured in the new West of Melbourne Charter – a document that formalises the bond VU has with our heartland and publicly commits to a set of core commitments:
- The VU Way
- Connecting with people and place
- Strengthening social and economic wellbeing
- Diversity is our strength
- Growing access and participation
- Creating a healthy and sustainable future.
The Charter will inform and continue VU’s work with the seven Local Government Areas outlined in the VU Act (2010), along with key industry and community partners.
Read the full West of Melbourne Charter or view the virtual launch of the Charter (4 minutes on YouTube).
View the full, unabridged discussion (17 minutes on YouTube).
Positioned for success
VU's iconic presence in the western and central districts of Melbourne closely connects us with industry and community across four major precincts - Footscray, Sunshine/St Albans, Werribee, and Queen Street.
Our presence is anchored by state-of-the-art facilities, and our campuses supplemented with industry- and community-integrated learning sites such as Victoria University Whitten Oval and Sunshine Hospital.
Our ability to effectively meet the needs of our heartland will play a leading role in contributing to the economic and social prosperity of the region, which is economically important to the future of the State of Victoria.
Indigenous opportunity & success
The Victoria University Bathelmun Yalingwa Strategy 2017-2020 outlines our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ opportunity and success, particularly in our heartland, the west of Melbourne.
This commitment not only encompasses the success of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, but also the role we play as a regional leader in raising awareness and addressing challenges.