La Trobe Melbourne’s new home
Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, today turned the sod at the site of a $45 million building for international and domestic students.
The building, to be known as La Trobe Melbourne, will bring together 1,000 overseas and Australian students wanting a pathway into university education who would otherwise miss out.
The University is the sole investor in the project and the investment is debt-funded with payback forecast to be 2021.
‘We are investing heavily in the building which is an essential element of our plans to increase the number of onshore international and domestic student enrolments,’ said Professor Dewar.
‘La Trobe Melbourne will play a major role in helping us achieve our vision of 6,800 international students by 2015.’
Professor Dewar said the University was well advanced with the introduction of a range of new programs for international and domestic students. Inquiries from people wanting to study at the University are high and first preferences have shown marked improvement.
‘La Trobe Melbourne provides an alternative entry pathway into this University for international and domestic students, ensuring that they are able to learn and enjoy student life in a state of the art environment at the heart of the La Trobe University Melbourne campus.’
The five-star sustainable design by award winning Lyons architects is flexible, aimed at delivering an educational asset that can be adapted to many different teaching and learning needs.
Set over five levels, the building will draw on moat water for non-potable water use. It is anticipated that only 20% of the building’s water needs will be drawn from taps. There will also be a roof-harvesting system.
The building will be well ‘connected’ into the University with a new entrance planned to connect the Research and Development Park and the AgriBiosciences Research Centre with the campus core.
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