Victoria University

Victoria University

Victoria University Details

  • Country : Australia
  • City : Melbourne
  • Acronym : VU
  • Founded : 1916
  • Students (approx.) : 47000
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Victoria University (VU) is a public university based in Melbourne, Australia. It is a dual-sector tertiary institution providing courses in both higher education and Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

The university has several campuses in Melbourne’s central business district, western region, and in Sydney. It also offers courses at partner institutions throughout Asia, including China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. More than 47,000 students, including around 15,000 international students, studied at Victoria University in 2014.

VU has seven academic colleges in arts, business, education, engineering and science, health and biomedicine, law and justice, and sports and exercise science. In addition, VU’s Victoria Polytechnic provides vocational education and training.

VU hosts six research institutes and seven research centres. Research focus areas are built around three themes:

  • Sports, health and active living
  • Education, lifelong learning and workforce development
  • Sustainable industries and livable cities

In 2016, VU celebrates its 25th anniversary as a university, which will also mark its centenary as an educational institution.

There’s no greater victory than being confident and prepared for the job you want when you graduate – and there’s no better way to get there than by teaming up with Victoria University (VU).

We focus on the end goal: students who graduate job-ready. Our industry connections and leadership in fields such as sport help our graduates forge successful careers in competitive job markets.

Our high-profile industry connections offer you hands-on workplace learning and valuable networking opportunities. You’ll graduate with skills and real-world experience that employers value and look for in their employees.

We offer an environment which nurtures each student’s individual success through:

  • accessible transitions from TAFE to higher education
  • extensive student support services
  • the largest range of scholarships of any university in Victoria.

Achieve your dream career without your background or ATAR score holding you back.

Every member of the VU community is focused on helping you reach your true potential – and we won’t give up until you’re fully prepared for victory.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering & Science
  • Health & Biomedicine
  • Law & Justice
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Victoria Polytechnic
  • VU College


The idea for a technical school based in the western suburbs of Melbourne was first proposed in 1910. The Footscray Technical School opened its doors to 220 students and 9 teachers in 1916 after five years of fundraising.

Charles Archibald Hoadley was the school’s principal from its founding until his death in 1947. His vision was to aid and distinguish students who had not only a sound technical knowledge but also an appreciation of the arts, sports, outdoor and community activities. He believed in educating students “for life as well as for living” and wanted students to view education as opening the doors of opportunity.

Under Hoadley’s leadership, the school expanded rapidly and began offering trade certificate courses, diplomas in architecture, building, and contracting, as well as evening classes. War and the Depression saw a dip in numbers. However, by 1943, there were 2500 students enrolled in courses taught at the Footscray Park and Footscray Nicholson campuses.

The following decades saw gender and cultural shifts. Women first enrolled in day diploma courses in 1960, and changes to the federal government’s immigration policy resulted in many more European and Asian students entering the school.

In 1958, the school changed its name to the Footscray Technical College. Ten years later, it changed its name again, this time, to the Footscray Institute of Technology (FIT). The secondary school component was separated from the rest of the institute in 1972.

By the mid-1970s, the expanded curriculum included degree courses and was well beyond the technical focus of the original Footscray Technical School.

Further changes occurred in the 1980s with the technical and trade education section separating from FIT to form the Footscray and Newport Colleges of TAFE.

In 1990, FIT merged with the Western Institute, which had been founded three years earlier to provide TAFE and higher education courses to the outlying suburbs in Melbourne’s west. In 1990, it was established as a university by the Victorian State Parliament as Victoria University of Technology. A further amalgamation occurred in 1998, this time with the Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE. In 2005, the Victoria University of Technology Act of 1990 was amended to rename the university as Victoria University, reflecting the development of the university’s teaching research into wider domains.

The institutions that combined to form VU over more than 80 years include:

  • Footscray Technical School, renamed Footscray Technical College and later Footscray Institute of Technology
  • Newport Technical College, renamed Newport College of TAFE
  • Melbourne School of Hairdressing
  • School of Painting, Decorating and Sign Crafts
  • Melbourne Technical College of Hairdressing
  • Melbourne College of Decoration
  • Footscray College of TAFE
  • Flagstaff College of TAFE
  • Western Institute
  • Gellibrand College of TAFE, renamed Western Metropolitan College of TAFE
  • Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE
  • Victoria University of Technology
  • Victoria Polytechnic

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