La Trobe Asia Official Launch
On 17 September 2014, La Trobe Asia was officially launched. The occasion was marked by an address by La Trobe University alumnus The Hon Andrew Robb AO, Minister for Trade and Investment. In his remarks the minister noted that
"...the centre is intended to provide the broader community, both in Australia and in the region, with access to La Trobe's deep well of expertise on Asia. It will also further elevate La Trobe's standing as a most authoritative voice in the public debate about Australia's relations with Asia and our role in this the Asian Century. Building Australia's understanding of Asia and linkages with it is indeed a critical national task.....What you are doing here at La Trobe will provide contemporary insights to assist all of us with a stake in Asia to better understand the geo-politics, the emerging trends and the cultures themselves in this truly dynamic part of the world."
Read the complete speech here.
The launch was held in the Sir Redmond Barry Room, in the State Investment Centre, Level 46, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne and was well attended by Melbourne's diplomatic community, business leaders, government officials and leading academics from La Trobe and other universities in Melbourne.
Download the VCs speech [PDF 108KB]