University description (as per official university website)
Victoria University (VU) was founded in 1916 as Footscray Technical School. After successive mergers with TAFE colleges in Melbourne's western suburbs, VU was established in 1990.
Today, VU is one of the largest and most culturally diverse education institutions in Australia. We are one of only five multi-sector universities offering TAFE and higher education courses.
Our original mandate was to serve the western region of Melbourne and we continue to do this by forging strong links with local communities, government and industry. VU is equally proud to attract nearly 15,000 international students within a total student body of more than 51,000. Around 4500 dedicated research, teaching and general staff join with students to make VU a new school of thought.
Victoria University (VU) is a multi-sector institution (higher education and TAFE) with excellence in teaching, training, research and scholarship. We offer short courses, as well as qualifications in vocational education (TAFE) and higher education. Our learning pathways enable you to move from a certificate course through to an advanced diploma, degree, or postgraduate qualification by coursework or research.
We have more than 50,000 students enrolled at our local campuses and international sites. We operate primarily at campuses in the western suburbs of Melbourne (Australia), Melbourne city centre and locations provided by our partners in Asia and Europe. As the primary university in Melbourne's western region, we are proud to deliver courses, research and engagement activities that are locally relevant and globally significant.