Victoria University

=56 th
Young University Rankings 2017
301–350 th
World University Rankings 2018
Ballarat Road, Footscray, Victoria, VIC 3011, Australia

About Victoria University


A world-class university in the world’s most liveable city, Victoria University (VU) ranks in the top 2% of universities worldwide and number 56 in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years.

With 101 years’ experience in teaching, learning and research — 26 of them as a university — our reputation for quality is entrenched in our commitment to being open and excellent, as we boldly pursue our vision as the University of Opportunity and Success.

We deliver exceptional opportunities to one of the world’s most diverse student populations in both Australia and Asia, where we pioneered transnational education more than 23 years ago.

Our industry-aligned degrees, unique study pathways and outstanding graduate outcomes are influencers of our success, as is our growing research profile.

In shaping our future, we are undertaking a profound transformational change to education, research and engagement

A groundbreaking first year undergraduate model, a new high achievers academy and a novel research approach are critical elements of an agile, dynamic and innovative transformation agenda.


As one of Australia’s few dual-sector universities, we offer flexible pathways from vocational (TAFE) to higher education through nine academic and teaching colleges.

More than 40,000 students are enrolled in our cutting-edge courses, delivered across an expansive urban footprint occupying eight Melbourne campuses – including three in the city centre – and a ninth campus in central Sydney.

With an international student population of some 14,400 students from over 100 countries, including 8,800 offshore students studying VU qualifications at our partner universities in Asia, we are a truly global university.

Our expansive alumni network spans 224,000 graduates, including 28,000-plus working overseas. Notable alumni include Quest Apartment Hotels founder Paul Constantinou and VU teaching graduate Christian Williams, who was named one of the world’s top 50 educators in a competition dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize of teaching’.

A world-class university, our students are confident knowing they will graduate with an internationally-recognised qualification from the University of Opportunity and Success.


Alongside hundreds of innovative courses, we provide world-class research opportunities for our staff and students, particularly in our flagship areas of Sport, Health and Active Living, and Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities.

Underpinning our research strengths, we collaborate with high-profile organisations such as the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Australian Institute of Sport. State-of-the-art facilities, including a A$68 million Exercise and Sports Science Laboratory Precinct, enhance our profile.

Central to our core teaching and research missions, industry and community engagement is what we do best.

Our 5,000-plus connections encompass many forms – from work-integrated learning and research collaborations to sponsorship and international course delivery.

Many of our courses are developed with, and accredited by, globally-recognised industry bodies including Engineers Australia, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia, and the Australian Computer Society.

Through innovative courses and modes of delivery, strong industry connections and a focus on workplace learning, VU students are equipped for global success

Explore rankings data for Victoria University

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Key statistics

  • 20%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 14,795
    Number of Students
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 31.4
    No. of students per staff
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


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