Leadership program (Issue 23, 2010)

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The Leadership Program participants visiting La Trobe University

As part of the first Australian Latin American Leadership program (ALALP), a selected group of professionals from Australia and Latin America visited La Trobe University.

During this visit participants had the opportunity to see the development plans for La Trobe’s AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience and met with Professor German Spangenberg, Research Director of the Biotechnology Research Centre and a leader in establishing scientific relationships between Australia and Latin America.

Andres Arroyo, a graduate from La Trobe University was selected from more that 400 applicants to participate in the program.
Mr Arroyo graduated in 2005 from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at La Trobe’s Graduate School of Management (GSM) and he is now Honorary Consul of Uruguay in Queensland.

‘Professor German Spangenberg gave us an excellent presentation on how La Trobe University is working with state-of-the-art technology to tackle some of the most difficult challenges for Victoria, such as increasing agricultural yields with less water available. His talk was brilliant and we all regarded it as one of the highest points of the Victorian trip,’ says Mr Arroyo.

The ALALP is an important and unique new leadership development program supported by the Australian Government's Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). The program brought together 36 high calibre managers and officials (18 from Australia and 18 from Latin America) from several sectors.

This year the ALALP Program was focused around the theme ‘sustainability in the context of Australian – Latin American business relationships’. The theme of sustainability was broadly defined to include not only environmental concerns, but also issues related to economic and social development, government regulation and activity, the changing nature of business, the skills and education of the workforce, trade and international relations as well as indigenous affairs.

La Trobe University has a strong relationship with Latin America, including an ongoing student exchange program with several countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.