O-Week launches at La Trobe Bendigo

Students from across Australia and the world have been welcomed to Bendigo Campus of La Trobe University for the beginning of the 2015 academic year.

Orientation activities for new students, which has become known as O-Week, began today (Tuesday 24 February).

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said it was an exciting time for students and staff.

So far more than 1300 new domestic students have enrolled for study at the Bendigo campus this year and almost fifty international students from across the world have chosen to study at La Trobe in Bendigo.

"To the students who have already made the decision to come and study at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe and want to offer you a very warm welcome. I am very confident you will love your time here," Professor Dewar said.

"Enrolments are still taking place and we are continuing to enrol many students and helping them to get settled in coming weeks. So, if you are thinking of studying this year, in many cases it is still not too late.

International students choose to study in Bendigo

Professor Dewar said he was delighted that so many international students were studying in Bendigo.

"The quality of a La Trobe education and the appeal of living in central Victoria is combining to put Bendigo on the international map," he said.

Professor Dewar said that at the Bendigo campus alone:

  • 44 international student had already fully accepted and there were another 7 provisional enrolments,
  • Students hailed from 23 countries, including Kuwait (5), China (5), Canada (4), Netherlands (4), Vietnam (4), Norway (3), Saudi (3)
  • Pharmacy has 11 new international students
  • The Master of Physio has five new international students

"There is strong interest in a wide range of courses at this campus, which is a reflection of the quality of our teaching, the experience and skills of our teaching staff and the fact that Bendigo is such a great place to live and to study," Professor Dewar said.

He encouraged all students to take place in this week's orientation activities.

"O-Week is a very important activity for first year students. It introduces them to our city and our campus. La Trobe's diverse course offerings make studying in Bendigo attractive for students from around Victoria and across Australia. We want to share with students all the things that makes this city and campus so great."

A range of activities and information sessions on life and study at the University take place during O-Week, which started with an official Civic Welcome from City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Peter Cox, President of the Bendigo Student Association (BSA) Marcus Hinneberg and Professor Dewar. 

The formalities were followed by market day, where students find out about the clubs and societies on campus, local sporting and community groups and businesses providing services.

The BSA provided a free lunch for students, as well as plenty of opportunities for social interaction, including a gig by leading DJ Timmy Trumpet at the O-Week Glow Party.

Professor Dewar said that the first group of students who enrolled under the Aspire program, had began study at the University this year. The program acknowledges student volunteering efforts and guaranteed them early offers at La Trobe University prior to their VCE exams even beginning.

"Our Aspire students have already demonstrated great leadership skills and a commitment to their community that will undoubtedly translate to academic success throughout their time at La Trobe," he said.

Media enquiries Tom O'Callaghan, La Trobe University, T 03 5444 7415, M 0408 900 469

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