La Trobe maths and stats most popular

A national survey has revealed that La Trobe mathematics and statistics students consistently rate the teaching they receive at the University the best in the country.

The results have been generated over the last three years by responses in the national Course Experience Questionnaires administered by Graduate Careers Council Australia.

La Trobe mathematics and statistics degrees ranked in the top three Australia wide, for Good Teaching and Overall Satisfaction, including an unrivalled three-first or equal-first places. La Trobe missed the top placing only once among universities in Victoria.

Head of the La Trobe Mathematics and Statistics Department, Dr Geoff Prince, says aside from great teaching staff, the strength of the curriculum is "the focus is on doing rather than listening."

"Our students have huge demands on their time, and they appreciate more tutorial classes and fewer lectures with tailor-made subject texts that save them money," says Dr Prince.

Current third year mathematics student Christine Darby agrees. She has always been interested in mathematics, but has been inspired by her teachers.

"The enthusiasm shown by all the lecturers and tutors for maths is contagious," she says.

"The Department's passion for maths is evident and this translates into a great environment for learning. All the lecturers have been extremely approachable and are always willing to help when I haven't quite understood a topic," says Ms Darby.

Ms Darby says that the tutorial classes were excellent and that they gave her exposure to the practical applications of the lecture material.

"The lecturers really connected with the students which I think is really important for overall enjoyment of a subject."