La Trobe University
The purpose of La Trobe University is:
'To serve the community of Victoria for the purposes of higher education, for the education, economic, social and cultural benefit of Victorians and for wider Australian and international communities... providing access to quality higher education to those from disadvantaged communities.'
La Trobe University Act, 2009.
La Trobe was the third university created for Victoria, and was established to be complementary to, but different from, the other two. Its founders aspired to create a university that would:
Provide an accessible alternative to the two pre-existing universities
Bring university education to the northern suburbs of Melbourne
Excel in a number of selected disciplines
Shaped by the era of their birth, La Trobe developed a distinctive ethos which joined 'social engagement' to the pursuit of academic excellence. Reflecting their desire to engage with the outside world, their public intellectuals became and remain among the most engaged in the nation, and their alumni are some of the most influential their generations have produced.
In the 1980s and '90s they redefined the University through new relationships, especially in country Victoria. They are now a multi-campus university and the largest provider of higher education to Victoria's regions. Moreover they have the largest regional enrolment of the mainland Australian universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 'Top 500'. La Trobe University now has some of the world's best researchers in the sciences and humanities contributing to the achievement of this ranking.
La Trobe is a globally recognised university, transforming the lives of its students, many being the first in their family to attend university, and playing an important role in its local communities. These are achievements of which they can be justly proud.
Times have changed, and the manner in which they must play their part in the world, as well as the complexity and cost of academic research, have changed with them. For instance, Melbourne's North is being transformed by population expansion and rising demand for higher education. All the regions they serve face new challenges as a result of structural changes in national and global economies along with environmental and social challenges. Students have greater choice than ever before, and expect a high quality educational experience, together with engaging, relevant and flexible curriculum. The issues facing their society, and to which their courses and research must respond, include climate change, the ageing of their population, the rise of Asia's relevance and influence, the revolution in the medical sciences, and the resilience of societies in the face of rapid change. Other challenges will arise during the lifespan of this Plan, and La Trobe will be agile in responding to them.
Their history equips us with the appropriate formula for success in such an environment. Their geography, ethos and academic strengths can be the starting points for an even livelier and stronger La Trobe that retains its relevance and remains true to its ideals.
At La Trobe University they:
Take a world view
Pursue ideas and excellence with energy
Treat people with respect and work together
Are open, friendly and honest
Hold themselves accountable for making great things happenSee more