Impact is real | La Trobe University, Melbourne Victoria Australia

Real impact happens with real action

We all know that global impact needs to start somewhere, so we're making it happen right here and now.

At La Trobe, you’re not just shaping the future – you’re part of a community of academics, researchers, graduates and industry professionals that are on-the-ground, transforming lives every day, including today.

Whether it's in hospitals helping in moments that matter, or in labs unlocking the secrets of carbon dioxide in soil to protect the nation’s food supply, La Trobe’s impact in health, science and technology is real.

Home of the Matildas at La Trobe University

La Trobe University will be welcoming the CommBank Matildas at The Home of The Matildas facility ahead of their send-off match at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on 14 July 2023, before they embark on their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ journey.

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Making a real impact against cancer

Discovery of a good virus

In a world first, La Trobe researchers have discovered a virus that attacks a prominent disease-causing bacterium. It's been named the Latrobevirus and it has the potential to open up a whole new era of precision medicine.

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Detecting cancer sooner with NanoMslide

A team of La Trobe researchers have developed a microscope slide that shows cells in bright contrast colours. NanoMslide is promising to revolutionise medical imaging with its ability to detect breast cancer cells.

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University City of the Future

We’re evolving our Bundoora campus with $5bn improvements, including to our wildlife sanctuary and the launch of our Bio Innovation Hub and Digital Innovation Hub – paving the way for future innovations.

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A glimpse into our impact


We’re on track to become Victoria's first major university to be carbon neutral by 2029 – which means all our campuses.

Our Mildura and Shepparton campuses are already Net Zero and were the first university campuses in Victoria to reach that milestone.

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The La Trobe Study Model helps students shape their university experience to combine their interests and suit their lifestyle.

Students can also translate their knowledge into the real-world and start seeing their impact even before they graduate, with up to 400 hours of placement.

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La Trobe’s Bundoora Campus is home to our Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary where we’re uncovering the science and history behind native flora and fauna.

We’re proud to be the only university in Australia with a dedicated wildlife sanctuary on-campus, open for our community to explore.

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Great change takes collaboration, so we partner with some of the best out there.

From research to placements and course co-design, at La Trobe you're never too far from some of today’s most powerful players, like CSIRO, The Australian Ballet, Carlton FC, CISCO, Medibank and NGV.

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We’re serious when we say we’re making a real impact.

That’s why in 2022, Times Higher Education ranked La Trobe in the top 20 universities worldwide, and number 1 in Victoria, for our commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Knowing you're backed by a university that makes a real impact right here and now, what kind of impact could you make?