The visits follow a civic reception held in his honour last week by the City of Greater Bendigo and will reaffirm the VC’s commitment to supporting regional communities.
‘A source of great pride to La Trobe University is that we are able to contribute to the region’s prosperity not only as one of the largest employers in Bendigo but also as the largest provider of higher education in regional Victoria,’ said Professor Dewar.
Professor Dewar said that 28.8% of all Victorian regional students were enrolled at one of La Trobe University’s regional campuses in 2010 and that 32.4% of the University’s domestic enrolments were regional in that year.
‘Having a campus in Bendigo means that students in the region have the opportunity to access a globally-recognised university as we have consistently been ranked in the top 500 universities world-wide by the highly respected Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings,’ added Professor Dewar.
Professor Dewar said that he enjoyed the opportunity to meet City of Greater Bendigo mayor, Councillor Alec Sandner, other members of council and representatives of the community and is looking forward to meeting staff and students in Bendigo.
In a move that signifies his commitment to the University’s students, Professor Dewar has created a new VC’s page on the student internet site to facilitate two-way communication with the student body. Professor Dewar has also scheduled a meeting with a representative group of students when he visits the Bendigo Campus on Friday.
A regular contributor to the staff Yammer site, Professor Dewar has already demonstrated his open communication style. Soon after his arrival at La Trobe University six weeks ago, Professor Dewar delivered a video message to staff followed last Friday by a personal address from the Melbourne Campus that was video-conferenced to regional campuses.
‘La Trobe University has been a really big player in research on the global stage and a very significant contributor at the local level to the development of human capital in some really important regional communities including Bendigo,’ said Professor Dewar.
‘I look forward to contributions from staff and students that will help in the development of a strategic plan that will see their University go from strength to strength. I’m keen to see La Trobe increase its standing as a leading tertiary education provider in Victoria.’
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