We believe that higher education is transformative. It shapes people and transforms societies. Our purpose is and always has been to serve our communities for their social, economic and cultural benefit.
More than 167,000 students have graduated from La Trobe since we opened our doors in 1967. Among them are the CEOs of some of our most prominent organisations, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians. They are also nurses, teachers, journalists, engineers, artists and lawyers who have transformed lives, professions and communities.
To prepare our students for contemporary careers and to ensure that they play their part in resolving global challenges, we’ve made entrepreneurship, global citizenship and sustainability central to all our undergraduate courses. We call these three vital areas of learning the La Trobe Essentials.
Ours is a community that creates knowledge. Researchers at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science are looking for new ways to fight disease, while at the Centre for AgriBioscience we’re tackling climate change, drought and other threats to Australia’s agriculture. At the La Trobe Rural Health School, we’re improving health and wellbeing in rural and regional communities.
To ensure that we stay at the forefront of fields that are changing the world – molecular science, biotechnology, nanotechnology, health science and agricultural bioscience – we’ve recently invested more than $500 million in new centres of learning and research.
To solve global problems, you need a global perspective. So, we’ve formed partnerships with more than 150 institutions in 40 countries and we encourage our students to take part in overseas programs as part of their studies. We recently gave travel grants and scholarships to more than 800 students to study with partners like the National University of Singapore, Michigan State University and the University of Essex.
La Trobe is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria, with more than 7,000 student enrolments at our campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. Importantly, most of our students stay and work in their communities following graduation. To further improve regional participation in higher education we’ve partnered with Bendigo Bank to offer scholarships to regional students worth a total of $720,000 in 2015.
We are among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50 (Times Higher Education 2014 rankings), we’re ranked 38 in the world for our subjects in history and in the top 100 for communication, media studies, linguistics and sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject). We are also Australia’s best university for research in microbiology and equal best in biochemistry and cell biology, and veterinary science.