Professor John Dewar
- Melbourne (Bundoora)
- Melbourne (Collins Street)
- Melbourne (Franklin Street)
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 170,000 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 invested more than $500 million in new centres of learning and research.
We have been ranked among the top ten universities in Australia, and the top three in Victoria, for the numbers of specific fields of research ranked at ‘well above world standard’ in the latest official Government Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) survey. We achieved top rank in three broad discipline groups: Agricultural, Biological and Physical Sciences. La Trobe was rated the best university in Australia for Biological Sciences (equal with ANU), best in Australia for Agricultural and Veterinary Studies and the only top-rated university in the country for Physiology.
La Trobe’s strengths extend to the Arts and Humanities. La Trobe is among the world's elite institutions in more than a third of subjects assessed in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. We featured in the top 100 global universities in History (number 6 in Australia), Sociology (7th nationally), and Communication and Media studies (9th nationally). Seven La Trobe subjects were in the world's top 200 list: Linguistics, Agriculture, Psychology, Accounting and Finance, Education, Law, Politics and International Studies.
Overall, La Trobe is ranked in the top 400 Universities by QS and the THES.
To solve global problems, you need a global perspective. So, we’ve formed partnerships with more than 150 institutions in 45 countries and we encourage our students to take part in overseas programs as part of their studies. In 2014, we gave travel grants or 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 6,500 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.