Industry and community engagement

Developing partnerships and collaborations with industry and community is a key priority for us. University-industry collaborations bring multiple benefits to industries, communities and students, including:

  • Creating positive impact in society through research
  • Providing industries and communities access to University expertise that will help them solve their problems and achieve their goals
  • Equipping graduate researchers (PhD and Master by Research students) with knowledge and skills necessary for rewarding careers.

We recognise that the majority of graduates will ultimately not remain in academia, and we support them develop skills and opportunities to create networks outside the university sector. Even for those who will have an academic career, the ability to understand relevant industry needs and to establish partnerships outside academia is just as important.

Our understanding of ‘industry’ refers to any sector outside the academia, including private sector organisations, government bodies, non-governmental organisations and community groups in a variety of fields.

We offer three streams that facilitate collaborations between industry and graduate researchers:

Industry internships

Short-term research projects within industry organisations involving a Master by Research or PhD student.

Industry mentoring

We connect an industry leader with a PhD student to meet at regular intervals for a period of twelve months.

La Trobe PhD - with an industry focus

Solve industry-relevant problems at a commercially relevant pace, while maintaining the academic rigour of our La Trobe PhD