VC presents strategy to Mildura

La Trobe University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson was in Mildura on August 6 to present the Regional Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012 to the community and Mayor’s of Mildura and Wentworth. 

Professor Paul Johnson with Mayors Glen Milne and Marg ThompsonThe Regional Strategic Plan is a bold plan designed to benefit the economic, social and cultural fabric of rural communities including Mildura. It aims to increase student places at its regional campuses by 20%, which will greatly improve education in the region.

‘It’s a major stride forward for regional higher education, and it follows the Federal Government’s vote of confidence in the University with a $60 million Budget allocation,’ said Professor Johnson. 

Professor Johnson formally presented the Regional Strategy to Mildura's Mayor, Glen Milne and Wentworth's Mayor, Marg Thomson.

At a glance:

The Regional Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012

Some performance measures that will determine the success of La Trobe University’s Regional Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012 include:

1. Increase demand for higher education

•    Increase full time student numbers on regional campuses by 20% (to 5500)
•    Increase participation levels of identified student equity groups by 10%
•    Increase international student population on regional campuses by 50%.

2. Remove or lessen structural barriers to make it easier to study in regional Victoria

•    Offer different modes of study
•    Share planning with local partners (including local government).

3. Conduct high impact research relevant to regional communities

•    Increase higher degree by research students
•    Increase level and depth of research on and across each campus.   

4. Increase engagement with the community

•    Strengthen regional alumni
•    Build research partnerships with communities.

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