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Victoria University (VU)

Victoria University (VU)

In 2016, Victoria University (VU) will celebrate 100 years of providing outstanding educational opportunities to local, national and international students.

Although established as a university in 1990, VU’s predecessor institutions date back to 1916. Today, it is one of the largest and most culturally diverse universities in Australia, offering courses to more than 44,000 domestic and international students studying a wide range of vocational (TAFE) and higher education courses.

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Student Profile

Andrew Hinton

Studying: Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Systems Computing) (2014)

Pathway to success

Andrew Hinton

Andrew Hinton’s Victoria University study pathway from vocational education into higher education enabled him to get credits to fast-track his IT degree.

When Andrew, from Melbourne’s western suburb of Newport, graduated from VU’s Diploma of Information Technology in 2011, he was given a full year’s credit when he enrolled in the two-year Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security). Then — because of his previous IT studies — when he enrolled in the Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Systems Computing), he was given 18 months’ credit towards the degree, meaning he only had to complete 18 months of further study to complete his degree.

While at VU, Andrew was hired part time by VU’s IT Support under the university’s Students as Staff program. Apart from giving him an income while studying, it gave him great exposure to the IT industry before he graduated. He was also a member of the VU student IT team, who took part in Cisco’s Netriders International Skills competition. The team came fourth out of more than 30 student teams from universities across Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew, now 28 years old, is currently employed as an infrastructure engineer at Telstra.

‘By taking a Victoria University pathway from vocational education into higher education I was able to get credit and fast-track my degree.

My VU courses also made me workforce ready. I have been able to apply everything I learned at VU in my roles at Telstra, from security to networking and now infrastructure engineering. The vendor technologies taught at VU are industry current, and the exposure has given me a head start.’

Andrew’s VU education is a great example of how VU pathways can enable a student, regardless of their ATAR score, to achieve their study goals and embark on a great career.

Andrew Hinton — Infrastructure Engineer, Telstra Corporation
VU Diploma of Information Technology (2011)
VU Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) (2012)
VU Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Systems Computing) (2014)