Victoria University is an accessible and friendly university. We believe in embracing cultural difference – so we can be ourselves and feel empowered to achieve success.

We are proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in Australia. Our students and staff:

  • represent over 90 different cultures

  • speak over 200 different languages.

We share the belief that:

“Cultural rights are an integral part of human rights”

– UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.

Our strategy

We work with our students, staff and partners to promote a culturally inclusive environment.

Victoria University’s Cultural Diversity Strategy represents our global mindset to:

  • enrich the lives of our students, staff and the community
  • connect us all as a community dedicated to scholarship and active citizenship
  • celebrate the powerful benefits that cultural diversity provides.

Built on these principles, the strategy includes actions to:

  • provide intercultural training and mentoring for staff and students
  • build more culturally-inclusive physical spaces
  • develop more education pathways for Non-English-Speaking-Background students and refugees
  • connect international students more closely with curriculum and leadership
  • connect with community organisations around social cohesion and cultural awareness
  • strengthen research focused on community-building and intercultural engagement.

Read the full Cultural Diversity Strategy 2018-2021.

Cultural diversity at VU logo: enrich, celebrate, connect

Events & community activities

Our students and staff are from a wide range of ethnic, linguistic and faith-based backgrounds.

We celebrate our cultural diversity through a range of events and activities, including:

Lunchtime seminars

Lunchtime seminars give VU staff and guests the opportunity to present ideas and research.

Diversity in higher education and the community can be discussed here in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

An example of this was the seminar 'A Double Whammy': What is it like to be a culturally diverse woman working in universities?, a discussion of unconscious bias in academia by Vice President of Planning Registrar Ms Teresa Tija; Associate Professor Nana Oishi; Siew Fang Law, Senior Lecturer, VU; Natalie Kon-Yu, Senior Lecturer, First Year College and author; and Cultural Diversity Manager Dr Teresa Fazio.

For upcoming seminars check:

Speakers at a lunchtime seminar on women and diversity at universities.