Understanding builds education future for the Goulburn Valley

Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Eric Bott signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a ceremony held at the Council today.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Paul Johnson

The signing is a public commitment from both organisations to maximise higher education opportunities, enrolments and research opportunities in Shepparton.

Professor Johnson said the MOU is an important step towards establishing better access to quality higher education for the people of the Goulburn Valley.

"La Trobe University is committed to providing access to quality higher education programs for regional communities, and I am delighted to be here to show the University's strong support for Shepparton.

La Trobe will contribute $2 million to Federal and State funds for a new campus building which will be the University's most innovative learning space and will reflect international best practice.

"There are many more important elements to the development of Shepparton as a learning city, and these all have "partnership" as their bedrock, and I look forward to seeing the partnership between La Trobe and Shepparton grow," said Professor Johnson.

Mayor Eric Bott said the Memorandum of Understanding sets out joint aspirations for tertiary education in Shepparton.

"Today was a terrific day, I'm really pleased that in principle we were able to set out and agree to some long term proposals for our great city," said Mayor Bott.

"Council continues to pursue the expansion of tertiary education in the Goulburn Valley and it is fantastic to see La Trobe University shares our vision.

"Council has a long-term strategy for tertiary education in Shepparton and La Trobe University's presence in our city is a major part of that.

"La Trobe provides a key service to our region and we will support La Trobe in their endeavours to expand their services here.

"Providing our region with a University that has more to offer will help bring people into the area, while keeping our young people in the country and it provides a more extensive option for people who wish to study locally," said Mayor Bott.

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO Bob Laing said tertiary education has definite economic benefits for the region.

"Council and the community have been instrumental in securing government funding for the La Trobe campus.

"We look forward to working closely with La Trobe in this important development."