Real-world impacts

La Trobe was founded on the belief that a university can and should be useful to the communities it touches. With this goal in mind, we have:

  • embedded sustainability in our university-wide strategy
  • created active partnerships with over 100 institutions in Australia and overseas to connect our students and researchers with real-world issues
  • joined forces with regional communities to ensure our research and curriculum addresses areas of need.  

Alumni achievements

Over 145,000 students from around the world have received a qualification from La Trobe, and many of our alumni have gone on to make siginificant contributions to their communities. Just one example is Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of Melbourne's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:

Interview with human rights advocate and alumnus

Our alumni also include: 

  • Ahmed Fahour - CEO of Australia Post
  • Virginia Trioli - Award-winning journalist
  • Tony Ellwood - Director of the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Andrew Demetriou - CEO of the AFL
  • Dr Geoff Raby - Former Ambassador to China
  • Maureen Wheeler - Founder of Lonely Planet
  • Professor Tim Flannery - Internationally acclaimed scientist
  • Dr Tony Radford - CEO of Cellestis
  • David Atkin - CEO of Cbus Super and Sustainable Investment pioneer
  • Dr Yong Cai - Physicist and world expert in Inelastic X-ray Scattering

Find out more about how La Trobe's graduates have made a positive impact on the world in our alumni profiles.  

Thought leadership across our curriculum

La Trobe students are educated to think independently, as well as to behave in an ethical and socially responsible way. Some examples of how La Trobe achieves this include:

The Master of Business Administration

This qualification is infused with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education, bringing it in line with offerings from the world’s best business schools.

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

La Trobe is home to the largest university-owned wildlife sanctuary in Australia, which seeks to introduce rare and endangered animals into a predator-free environment.

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow Mick Malthouse

Renowned former AFL coach Mick Malthouse has been appointed to this three-year fellowship, which involves developing popular courses such as Sports Journalism and Sports Management and forging deeper links with regional communities. 

The La Trobe Rural Health School

Established in Bendigo to address workforce shortages across northern Victoria and improve rural participation rates in health education with 781 additional student places and 211 additional graduates each year.

Find out more

These are just some of the ways La Trobe is making a difference in students lives and in our community. Read on to hear more about our campuses, research, and the courses we offer.