Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program

The Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program (VCPEP) is a unique personal & professional development program designed especially for students who join Deakin on a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Academic or International Excellence Scholarship.

Throughout the VCPEP, scholars receive individual, personalised support to assist them in achieving their personal and professional goals during their course.  This includes a variety of group events and workshops, individual academic mentoring, one-on-one career development meetings, annual personal and professional challenges and a formal celebration dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor each year.  Scholars are challenged to step out of their comfort zone and supported to develop the skills employers are looking for in graduates today.  

The VCPEP aims to develop high potential students to achieve beyond their expectations – to make a significant contribution to their community and empower them for the jobs and careers of the future.


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Events & Workshops


Scholars attend an induction event at the commencement of their course and the VCPEP.  This includes an overview of the program and highlights our expectations of scholars while setting them up for success at University.

Scholars Workshops

Scholars attend workshops that cover professional development topics such as conflict resolution, professional presentations and time management while encouraging reflection of their personal successes and challenges.

Personal Challenge

Scholars undertake an annual personal challenge. This challenge is flexible and designed to increase their understanding of who they are as an individual, assess and develop their skills to set and achieve personal goals.

Professional Challenge

Scholars undertake a professional challenge annually.  The challenge is designed to increase their awareness of the breadth of job and internship opportunities available, the highly dynamic and ever-changing world of work and different physical work environments.

Annual Dinner

Scholars are invited to a formal celebration dinner annually hosted by the Vice-Chancellor.  The dinner provides an opportunity to recognise graduating scholars, network with University and industry leaders and celebrate the achievements of scholars.

Individual Support

Student Testimonials

“I love the opportunities the VCPEP gives me including networking, goal-setting and connecting with my Academic Mentor and like-minded, high achieving students.  It has pushed and challenged me to develop many skills that will be useful when finding graduate employment.”

Jingyi, Health student

“I would definitely encourage anyone to apply for scholarships. I can’t imagine going through university not being part of the VCPEP. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone and is a great opportunity to develop personally and professionally.”

Peter, Arts student

“Through the Professional Challenge, I’ve acquired valuable insights about real life professional work. The VCPEP provides scholars with an upper hand upon graduation as we are required to manage our schedule well, balancing academic grades, extracurricular activities, university events and VCPEP requirements.”

Clement, Business student

For more information on the VCPEP Program