La Trobe’s Mildura Campus has a long history of building partnerships that strengthen the learning experience for our students. La Trobe University is committed to the local community of Mildura and we are involved with a number of festivals and events that not only benefit our students, but the entire district. We are devoted to building partnerships that are mutually beneficially for our students, alumni and local industry.
Sunraysia is known around the world as a major food producer and it needs highly skilled agribusiness professionals to meet the growing demands of the industry.
La Trobe University has partnered with Chances for Children, Wakefield’s Transport, Nangiloc-Colignan Farms and Mildura Fruit Company to offer students an exciting scholarship and work placement program.
Wakefield’s Transport, Nangiloc-Colignan Farms and Mildura Fruit Company have donated $75,000 towards scholarships for students studying the Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) at La Trobe’s Mildura Campus.
The Chances for Children and Mallee Family Care scholarships are worth $5000 per year for the duration of a student’s three-year agribusiness degree.
To further enhance the student’s learning experience, there is a guaranteed work placement within a local agribusiness organisation in the second or third year of the degree. This work placement allows students to put theory into practice, be mentored by experienced agribusiness professionals and boost their employability in preparation for entering the job market.
Australian Print Triennial
La Trobe University is the higher education partner of the Australian Print Triennial. The Australian Print Triennial is a major international art event that occurred in Mildura from October 31 - November 4 2018 spearheaded by The Art Vault .
Over 40 artists and speakers took part in the Triennial activities and exhibited, conducted demonstrations, presented keynote addresses, engaged in debates, panels and discussions, and delivered workshops to artists and community groups.
At La Trobe University we offer a unique Creative Arts program and our partnership with the Australian Print Triennial meant our students got exclusive access to acclaimed practicing artists while they were studying.
Our partnership allowed our students to partake in an intensive placed based subject called Mungo Prints: In the field in October 2017 at no cost.
This exclusive learning opportunity was a five-day workshop and residency in Mungo National Park where students experienced an artist’s residency in action.
Students travelled to Mungo National Park and stayed on site whilst they observed and evaluated how an established professional artist approaches research and preliminary field work.
From the Mungo Prints: In the field subject, our Creative Arts students exhibited their work at our 29 Deakin Avenue gallery during the Triennial in 2018.
In 2019, The Art Vault partnered with us again as we presented the Layers of Settlement symposium to the Mildura community.
This symposium was presented by La Trobe University's Centre for the Study of the Inland (CSI) and provided a stimulating conversation about the history and future of the Mallee.
The event, held over April 5 - 6 in 2019, comprised of a field trip to Mungo National Park led by archaeologists who have been working in the field for years, a conference dinner and finally an exhibition at The Art Vault that celebrated the theme - Layers of Settlement.
In 2019, we signed a exciting new partnership with Cultivator Inc. Cultivator is a community driven group that undertake creative projects across the district profiling the value of design thinking as a key driver of innovation.
One of the major projects La Trobe and Cultivator will work on during the partnership, is a large scale mural structure within the Lower Murray Water treatment plant agrounds, alongside the Mildura Splashpark. The mural will be a collaboration of thoughts and ideas from local youth, involving secondary schools, university and TAFE students.
Another aspect of the partnership has seen our 29 Deakin Avenue campus become Cultivator's home base. This is a nice tie into the district's history, as the 29 Deakin Avenue building as the original home of the Cultivator newspaper.
Futures Day at Mildura Senior College
Futures Day at Mildura Senior College sees La Trobe take over the school. The intent of the event is to build community aspiration within the local major senior school to demonstrate local higher education options.
The day encompasses a number of interactive student panels, utilising a Slido platform, to engage students and demystify uni life . Students then break into sessions led by La Trobe academics on disciplines areas including allied health, social work, nursing, business, education, creative arts, biomedical science and law.
Futures Day concludes with a Food Truck Festival lunch and a dedicated expo area for students and parents to chat with La Trobe staff.
Mildura Teaching School model
La Trobe University's Education staff at the Mildura campus are closely connected with the local school community. This partnership has allowed our Education staff to implement a very successful La Trobe Teaching School within a number of our local Mildura primary schools. This pioneering program, for students studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the Mildura Campus, offers pre-service teachers more professional placements within a school during their degree. Students in the Teaching School Program work within a school two days a week for an entire school year. Having students fully immersed within a school culture, whilst still at University, enables them to enter the workforce more confident. In the video below you can hear from students on their experience participating in the Teaching School and a graduate who went through the program.
Mildura Writers Festival
La Trobe University has been a partner of the Mildura Writers Festival since its inception. Beginning in 1994 in Stefano de Pieri’s cellar restaurant, this event has evolved to be acclaimed to be among the finest literary festivals in the country.
The Saturday and Sunday activities of the festival are hosted on campus, more details about these are located on our events page.
Our partnership with the festival enables our students to take part in an accredited subject embedded into the festival called Writers in Action. 2019 was the fifth year of the subject and it continues to draw La Trobe students from all over the campus network. Every year our students remark on the incredible experience they have undertaking the subject, you can read more about these experiences in these blog post;
School Partnerships Program
The La Trobe University School Partnerships Program (SPP) works collaboratively with identified schools to raise awareness of higher education and inform career aspiration by providing access to a range of activities that engage students and their school communities. In 2017 we welcomed over 1200 students on campus to take part in range of fun and engaging activities through the program. In the Mildura region, our partner schools in the program are:
- Chaffey Secondary College
- Coomealla High School
- Irymple Secondary College
- Merbein P-10 College
- Mildura Senior College
- Red Cliffs Secondary College
La Trobe University and SuniTAFE are committed to providing more higher education opportunities for our local students. Our SuniTAFE pathways provides students in our district the opportunity to begin their studies at TAFE as a stepping stone pathway to University. Discover more about how you can use your TAFE qualification as credit to a uni degree on our Pathways page.