Professor John Dewar
For nearly 50 years La Trobe University has sought knowledge, challenged convention and changed the way people think.
The University was established in 1964 and opened its doors to 552 students in 1967. La Trobe now offers nearly 350 undergraduate and postgraduate courses and accommodates 34,492 enrolled students, including 9,008 international students from countries including China, Vietnam, India, Singapore, the USA, France and Saudi Arabia.
To date, more than 154,000 alumni have graduated from La Trobe's five faculties: Business, Economics and Law; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Health Sciences; and Science, Technology and Engineering.
La Trobe was recently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2012) and the University is one of Australia's leaders in research.
La Trobe is third in Victoria for research and ranks as Australia's best university for research in Microbiology and equal best in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Veterinary Science. Nine of La Trobe's fields of research rated `well above' world standard and a further seven rated `above' world standard*.
The University has more than $500 million of new research facilities under construction. These include the $94 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) and the $288 million AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience. LIMS will position La Trobe as an international research leader in molecular science and biotechnology, and AgriBio is set to be a world-leading centre for agricultural bioscience research and development. Both facilities will officially open in 2013.
La Trobe takes great pride in producing graduates with the theoretical and practical insights to make meaningful contributions in their chosen fields. Almost 77 per cent of the University's Bachelor degree graduates find full-time employment within four months of course completion and among the University's alumni are some of the most influential people their generations have produced.
Historically, La Trobe has focused on creating opportunity for all who can benefit from higher education and the University now has the largest share of regional higher education students in Victoria. In 2012 La Trobe became the first Australian university to offer free promotional courses on Apple's iTunesU, joining an impressive group that includes Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. To date, the University has attracted 200,000 subscribers and more than 10 million downloads of its lectures and materials.
La Trobe University has developed a distinctive ethos which joins social engagement to the pursuit of academic excellence.
* Excellence in Research for Australia 2012