Victoria University launched a $35 million campaign to build a fund to provide a broad range of support to students and invest in projects that strengthen local communities.
VU’s Changing the Face of Education campaign will help build Australia’s future prosperity by helping young Australians succeed in education and training, and lift the communities from which those young people come.
For its first-ever philanthropic campaign VU will focus on:
- Creating Opportunity Fund, an endowment aimed at financially supporting every student who needs it, build student enrichment programs, and enhance the student experience.
- Building a Healthy West, programs that use evidence and data to highlight regional health issues such as diabetes, and provide an integrated, collective approach to work with the community to solve them. This includes the Growing Brimbank program.
- Mitchell Institute, established five years ago with the support Harold Mitchell, is undertaking influential policy research on the education system from early childhood to postgraduate studies.
- Sunshine Skills Hub, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation and the State Government, offers courses in construction technologies, advanced manufacturing and health technologies, together with health and community services, and language, literacy and numeracy programs.
In 2016, VU celebrated its 100th year as an educational institution and the campaign will build on this legacy by driving investment to several projects aimed at boosting the region’s future prosperity.
Former Western Bulldogs Vice President and philanthropist Susan Alberti, and Quest Apartment Hotels Chairman and VU graduate (then Footscray Institute of Technology) Paul Constantinou are leading the campaign as Chair and Deputy Chair of the VU Foundation.