Victoria University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

Victoria University [An Unbiased Review by A Life That Travels]

September 14, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


– G’day, Welcome to A Life That Travels. I’m Rob Malicki. In today’s episode we are
at Victoria University Footscray park. Lets have a look around, talk to some students
about what its like to really study here. Because the University has done
something completely unique and crazy in its first year classes. I’m going to tell you all about it. Lets check this place out. (chiming bell music) (upbeat pop piano music) VU’s a pretty impressive
little University here in the West of Melvin. In fact, its not little at all. Its got 11 Campuses serving in a whole range of the western suburbs. And as well as the CBD Campus, you know, got a lot of courts. The lower campus downtown as well as Health down on Flinders lane, and a number of other facilities. Ah, its a institution that’s got quite a large footprint and has done some impressive work. But its also no secret that the University has really
struggled over many years. Partly with things like
high drop out rate. And the fact that it has
got such a wide footprint, and serves so many students across the whole metropolitan area. That makes it a big
challenge for University to like manage resources and it was struggling in
terms with its budget. Until recently the
University has managed to really turn things around with its First Year College initiative, which is a Australia first. And super exciting. VU recently implemented a pretty radical First year programme called
“First Year College”. And its been enormously successful, essentially it teaches in Block Mode for Students in their first year. Which means instead of doing three or four subjects at a time
in your first year, you’ll actually just take
one subject every four weeks. So it means you can really focus in and hone in on one particular subject. And the results for the University have actually been spectacular for students. Marks have improved,
people are more likely to stick around Uni and see it out. Why? Because its good for students. Helps them get into subjects, get settled into Uni. Fantastic things. Really good thought leadership from VU. VU is what we call a
Dual-sector University . Which means you can study here either as a Vocational ED student or as High Education University . That’s got some serious advantages to it, because it means you can
seamlessly transition from Vocational studies right
into a University Degree. It also means you have the opportunity to study with people who’ve got a lot of practical real world experience. And that’s not always
the case sometimes in the big Universities, you do have people who are
exclusively teaching academics, here you’ve also got a lot of people who are professionals in
their field of working, who happen to teach on the side or as part of their or on top
of their existing work. So that’s an advantage
depending on what kind of degree area or work area
you’re looking to go into. Comprehensive round of choice
of things to study here at VU. You can study Vocational,
Undergraduate, Postgraduate. There’s also Research Programmes. And that’s across a wide
range of disciplines, from the Arts and Humanity, through to Business,
Engineering and the Sciences. Media studies here as well. Health of course is very strong here. Nursing a very strong degree. Osteopathy. Shout out to all the Osteopaths out there, you do amazing work. And its one of the very
few great Osteo programmes, few, few Osteo programmes in Australia. As well as Sport and Exercise
Science being very strong. And you can study those across
Undergraduate, postgraduate, there’s Vocational studies, research. There’s tonnes of choices here at VU. Those are obviously really good things. – I’m doing Civil Engineering. – Sensational,
– Yeah. – of course?
– Yeah, its very good. It opens a lot to you and they show you very different things like you saw VU offers internship
to Texas next year. Study there and everything. So that’s also good, ’cause VU connected to a lot
of Uni’s around the world, so they give you so many opportunities, internships to go around the
world and study with them. – The University actually
offers students to study abroad. For all different degrees. Law, Business. There’s actually a Business offer at the moment to go to China, so. – Cool.
– Yeah. – And you’ve been? – No I haven’t been but I plan on going. – Awesome. We were just talking to Holly who was saying she just went and did Law, – public Law in Mexico
– Law – Yeah, yup, yeah she really enjoyed that, she was there for about two months. – Awesome.
– Yep. – [Rob Voiceover] Definitely one of the absolute strengths of
VU is its Sports programmes. Sports and Exercise Science. Very, very strong here. Its actually ranked in the Top 25 Globally for Sports Science. So, definitely an absolute aura of pure strength for the University. Lets talk about rankings because for some people is important. Make habit with rankings is always, make sure you look at detail. Because even University that
don’t have great rankings, can have really amazing
areas of expertise. VU actually ranks in the top
2% of University world wide. In Australia its ranked about 30 out of 40 of the Universities. So not exceptionally ranked but, as we were talking about
it does have some specific discipline areas. So if you look at how it ranks compared to young University cause VU is
a relatively young University, its ranked 56 in the world
for University under 50. Which is actually an incredibly result. So it does have areas of
strength there as well. – [Rob Voiceover] A lot of
interesting stuff going on here, some excellent new facilities. Students talk a lot about the community. The way the community, fosters engagement and makes
you feel really included. And is really diverse, so that’s obviously a really
positive thing as well. – Community is the best thing,
– Yeah. – Being like in the middle
of western suburbs like there’s a lot of culture here – Yeah – As well as partnerships the Uni has, I study Education. So we’re pretty lucky to
have partnerships with other schools so we get
placements and stuff like that. Which is really great. So that’s something I really enjoy. Not to mention all the
friends I’ve made and all the people around
here are pretty cool. – We work really hard to
build up a community that is inclusive, diverse,
representative of everyone. – And I like how VU
gives everybody a chance. So if you don’t have the best score, if you have some things
going on in your life, they listen and they allow you to study. They give you an opportunity
(people laughing talking) that other University don’t give you and they set you up for success. We’re both Law students, – Yeah.
– So we have a lot of connections to partners
within the legal industry. – Nice. – So we’ve been exposed to legal aid and community legal centres, which is really good for
our resumes in order to get jobs in the future. – The thing I really like is that the University really knows its community and it knows
who its here to serve. And so its basically launched
its initiative accordingly. You know, its not
obsessing about trying to increase up the research rankings, I mean that’s obviously
important for all Universities. But its really focusing
on serving its community, and that’s something that’s so critical. Well, I’ve really enjoyed my little look around VU Footscray. You know I always like to say that, Its great to studying at a University that’s going somewhere, that’s always trying new things and doing something different. And definitely with its First
Year College initiative. And the sense of community that I’ve heard about here on campus today, I’ve got a feeling that VU’s
doing some really good stuff. I’d reckon’ this would be a
pretty good place to come study. Anyway, that’s it from me. I’ll see you next time, on A Life That travels. Take care. (calm, groovy music)