La Trobe takes the lead

La Trobe University is achieving its goal of fostering greater educational equity by providing opportunities for more students from lower socio-economic backgrounds than any other university in Victoria.

studentsThe figures are revealed in the latest data for all Australian universities under the Federal Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) allocations for 2012.

They show La Trobe University had 3,172 LSE students, followed closely by Monash, 3,127, and Victoria University, 3,048.

The HEPPP allocations, made by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, are based on full-year data for 2010.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity & Student Services), Dr Kerry Ferguson, said La Trobe University was a long-standing supporter of Federal Government moves to help students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

'Encouraging participation in higher education by capable students despite their financial circumstances is an important cornerstone of La Trobe's mission.

‘And it’s an equally important investment in Australia’s economic and social future.

‘Only about 32 per cent of young people in this country have been to university, compared with almost 50 per cent in Sweden and 43 per cent in Britain,’ Dr Ferguson said.

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