Block Model success
VU became the first and only Australian university to teach first year undergraduate students in Block Model – with stellar results. International student pass rates have increased by 5.3% compared with 2017, with students achieving high distinctions rising by nearly five percentage points between 2017 and 2018, from 20.3% to 25%, and distinctions rising from 21.6% to 27.7%.
VU’s Australian-first Block Model pedagogy has now received one of the Victorian Government’s highest honours for excellence, the Victorian International Education Award (VIEA). It has also been recognised with an award for innovation from the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA). The IEAA also recognised the university’s new First Year College during the annual conference – which was attended by over 1,600 educational and government officials.
The Block Model of teaching (where students complete one unit at a time) provides students with small-size classrooms, assessment results within three days and workshops for leadership development.
Following its successful results, the Block Model will be introduced across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (by coursework) by 2020.
Global rankings for VU engineering and computer science
According to the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2019, Victoria University is among the world’s best universities in the subjects of engineering and technology – ranking in the 126-150 band - and computer science – ranking in the 151-175 band.
VU sends 21 students to NASA
In December 2018, VU sent 21 students from across disciplines on the trip of a lifetime to America’s space agency, NASA, and to Silicon Valley, the home of Google. VU is the first Australian university to embark on a NASA study mission, where students have been exposed to cutting-edge science and technology.