New $10m Sydney campus officially open

Students keen to pursue a career in Sydney, particularly in business, now have a new university option in the heart of the CBD.

La Trobe University’s new $10 million Sydney campus has been officially opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar.

Courses on offer feature strong links to many Sydney-based ASX200 companies and a professional internship program that guarantees placement in a role directly related to the course.

With more than 500 students already studying a La Trobe Business course in Sydney, the University had outgrown its York Street location and recently moved to a new building at 255 Elizabeth Street.

La Trobe University’s Sydney campus is managed in collaboration with ASX-listed global education provider Navitas Ltd.

The campus features technology-enhanced adjustable teaching spaces and hi-tech audio-visual equipment. The building has an A-grade, 5-star NABERS Energy rating, is flooded with natural light and has views of Hyde Park and the city.

“Students are voting with their feet and La Trobe University’s presence in Sydney is growing strongly. We want to attract the cream of Sydney’s future business leaders, so are offering our students a great new space, featuring cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities to enhance their learning,” Professor Dewar said.

“The campus has been designed with the modern student in mind. Add all the other vital elements, such as our syllabus, the quality of teaching, our strong links with business and the ability to fast-track a degree, and you have a great recipe for student success.”

La Trobe’s Sydney campus has three terms (trimesters) per year, so students have the option of completing a three-year degree in only two years and a Masters qualification inside 16 months. It also allows for three student intakes per year, rather than two.

“Students have ever-changing needs and demands, so we have recognised this by offering the flexibility to complete studies at a pace that suits each individual,” said Professor Dewar.

The Sydney campus has an enviable 16:1 student to academic ratio and a focus on tailored learning, including one-on-one support programs.

“When you add in our location, which provides so many transport options, we have a lot of strong reasons to study at La Trobe’s Sydney campus,” said Professor Dewar.

While the bulk of its courses in Sydney are business-related, the new bigger campus means La Trobe University will also be able to offer more student places on its courses in:

  • Information Technology
  • Accounting
  • Management, and
  • Health Science.

These Sydney-based degrees also feature La Trobe’s professional internship program, which guarantees placements in roles directly related to the courses being studied.

The Sydney campus also offers foundation studies and diplomas, which can lead to the first or second year of a Bachelor degree.

“We have a strong presence in Victoria – where we are the State’s third-oldest university – and now a growing reputation with Sydney’s business community as a place that produces career-ready graduates,” said Professor Dewar.

“The success of our Business degrees means we are confident enough to invest in our Sydney campus and give HSC students, university graduates and international students a further, fantastic choice here.

“We intend to build on our success to date and plan to offer a pre-Masters program as a pathway to postgraduate entry, and introduce more postgraduate management specialisations in 2018.”

Media contacts: Tim Newhouse (Melbourne) – t.newhouse@latrobe.edu.au – 0416306759

Andrew Blunt (Sydney) – a.blunt@latrobe.edu.au – (02) 93977606 / 0498004091

Picture: Anson Smart

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