La Trobe's regional impact revealed
A report commissioned by La Trobe University’s Regional Office in Bendigo, has found La Trobe’s regional campuses are spending millions of dollars and generating thousands of jobs across its four regional campuses in Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Regional, Professor Hal Swerissen. said that La Trobe is the major provider of higher education services in regional Victoria.
‘The La Trobe University Regional Office recently commissioned Compelling Economics to analyse the direct output generated by the University and the flow on benefits produced by staff and students at the regional campuses.
‘The report found that combined, the campuses contribute $282.7 Million in total to the regional cities in which they are located. The Bendigo campus of La Trobe University and its students contribute $201.4 Million per annum to Bendigo’s Gross Regional Product; Albury-Wodonga contributes $50.3 Million; Mildura contributes $18.5 Million and Shepparton $12.5 Million,’ said Professor Swerissen.
'This is an exciting time for the growth of La Trobe University and this report highlights how important it is for communities to have campuses located in regional areas’, said La Trobe Vice Chancellor Professor, Paul Johnson .
Once flow-on impacts are accounted for, expenditure by the University and its students support 2099 jobs in Bendigo; 515 jobs in Albury-Wodonga; 195 jobs in Mildura and 130 jobs in Shepparton: a total of 2939 jobs.
‘Each year students spend over $107 Million across the four regional La Trobe campuses; $76.3 Million in Bendigo; $18.0 Million in Albury-Wodonga; $6.8 Million in Mildura and $6.6 Million in Shepparton,’ said Professor Swerissen.
‘Universities contribute greatly to the development of vibrant and innovative regional communities and this report clearly demonstrates La Trobe’s key role in the regional economies it serves.
‘The findings underline the importance of our Regional Strategic Plan released earlier this year and the subsequent creation of the Regional Office to support La Trobe’s commitment to the regions through its core priorities of producing high quality graduates, high quality and high impact research and engaging with our regional communities,’ added Professor Swerissen.
Copies of the Regional Campuses Economic Impact Analysis can be viewed and downloaded from La Trobe University's Regional Office website
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