- La Trobe University
La Trobe University
La Trobe University is an Australian multi-campus public research university whose flagship campus, the largest metropolitan campus in the country, is located in Bundoora, Victoria.
The university was established in 1964 following the assent of the La Trobe University Act by Victorian Parliament on 9 December of that year, becoming the third university in the state and the twelfth university in Australia. While it does not share the architectural aesthetics of its sandstone peers, at its core La Trobe, as much as Monash, was “among the last of the old universities in Australia”. Of the many aspirations for La Trobe by its founders, one of its most prominent achievements, and a great source of university pride, has been its long-standing commitment to providing access to higher education to those traditionally excluded from the sector. In 2015 it was ranked in the top 100 universities under 50 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Additionally, the 2015–16 THE performance indicators placed La Trobe as 12th in Australia for teaching, 11th for research, and 13th for industry income.
La Trobe’s original and principal campus is located in the Melbourne metropolitan area, within the suburb of Bundoora. It has two other major campuses located in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo and the twin border cities of Albury-Wodonga. The university has two smaller regional campuses in Mildura and Shepparton and three minor CBD campuses: two in Melbourne on Franklin Street and Collins Street and one on York Street in Sydney.
La Trobe offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across its two colleges of Arts, Social Science and Commerce (ASSC) and Science, Health and Engineering (SHE). ASSC consists of the four schools of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Law, while SHE consists of the nine schools of Allied Health, Applied Systems Biology, Cancer Medicine, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Molecular Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology and Public Health and Rural Health.
La Trobe is considered to be particularly strong in the area of arts and humanities; this was reflected in the 2014 QS World University Rankings where it was ranked in the top 200 international universities for arts and humanities. It was ranked 38th in the world in the fields of archaeology, ancient history and classics, while sociology, communication, media studies and linguistics all scored in the top 100. It was also ranked in the top 100 universities for arts and humanities in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, where it was the number one Australian university for industry income. La Trobe also features a strong Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program which has been ranked in the top 200 business schools by QS Global Rankings since 2010. In 2014 the La Trobe MBA was ranked 14th in Asia, 4th in Australia and 2nd in Victoria by QS Global Rankings.
In terms of research quality, the university exhibits strength in the areas of arts and humanities, and biological and biotechnical sciences. In 2015 La Trobe was ranked 3rd in Victoria in the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report.
La Trobe is a verdant university and a member of the Innovative Research Universities.
For most of its history La Trobe has been regarded as a bastion of radical and progressive thought within Australia, largely emanating from strong student activism at the university during the 1960s and 1970s. While not as prevalent as it was in the 20th century, it is a reputation that is still held.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Computing and Engineering
- Health Sciences and Social Work
- Sport, Tourism and Hospitality
- Law and Legal Studies
- Outdoor and Environmental Education
- Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Sciences and Psychology
- Art and Design
- Arts, Communication, Humanities, Social Sciences
La Trobe has been one of Australia’s pioneering universities for over forty-five years. Discover our unique history, including our motto and coat of arms.
Celebrating over 40 years of history
In 1967, 552 students enrolled at La Trobe University, the third University to open in Victoria.
It has grown to accommodate more than 30,000 students including approximately 7,600 international students from over 90 countries.
We now have a network of campuses with 21,000 students at our Melbourne campus and over 5,900 at our campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne City and Shepparton.
Past Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors
La Trobe University’s commitment to teaching excellence has been overseen by some truly inspirational people. Leaders that have shaped the university, and the lives of the thousands of students that have attended La Trobe over the past four decades.
|Past Chancellors||Past Vice-Chancellors|
|Sir Archibald Glenn OBE: 1967 – 1972||David Myers: 1965 – 1976|
|Hon Mr Justice Reginald Smithers: 1972-1980||John Scott: 1977 – 1989|
|Hon Mr Justice Richard McGarvie: 1980-1992||Michael Osborne: 1990 – 2006|
|Emeritus Professor Nancy F Millis AC: 1992-2006||Brian Stoddart: 2006|
|Dr Sylvia Walton AO: 2006 – 2011||Paul Johnson: 2007 – 2011|
La Trobe University was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe, the first Superintendent of the Port Phillip District from 1839 to 1850 and first Lieutenant-Governor of the new colony of Victoria from 1851 to 1854. He was a man driven by his need to make a difference to the communities he served, leaving a legacy that continues today at La Trobe University.
Sir Charles La Trobe did more to shape the Australian State of Victoria than any other man. From his love of the Australian environment and its conservation, his ambitious plan to transform the colony of Victoria, to his concern for the welfare of the first Australians, he was a man deeply driven by progressive social values.
His values are echoed in La Trobe University’s founding mission to serve the community through improving access of higher education, and it is a tradition that continues today with a range of programs and initiatives to increase higher education participation rates amongst Victoria’ disadvantaged communities.
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