La Trobe wins international competition

La Trobe University has won an international video competition ahead of entrants from around the globe.

video comp awardMore than 60 individuals and universities from all over the world submitted videos to the contest. A panel of judges reviewed the entries and selected six finalists for online voting, the other five all from the USA. La Trobe University’s video, ‘Making the world your campus’ was victorious.

The video was entered in a competition run by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and La Trobe was awarded for their commitment to furthering international education at a ceremony at the NAFSA annual meeting, where the video was viewed by approximately 8000 delegates from around the world.

The video, which features staff and students from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, charts a 2010 study trip to Sri Lanka, where students from the Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning course were conducting research to help improve the quality of life in communities impacted by the Boxing Day tsunami.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar says the win is a great endorsement of the University’s planning courses and its valuable links with universities in other countries.

‘This win is the result of a lot of hard work by La Trobe staff headed by Trevor Budge in developing excellent programs and fostering great relationships with other universities across the globe,’ says Professor Dewar.

‘The University is very proud of this achievement and we congratulate everyone concerned in producing the video and entering it into such a prestigious competition,’ added Professor Dewar.

Associate Professor of Community Planning and Development, Trevor Budge says the program gives students a valuable, practical experience in working with people from other cultures.

‘This is an exchange program based on total immersion in each other’s culture and joint work projects such as the one featured in the video. Students work on actual projects and come up with some practical ideas around community planning and development,’ says Mr Budge.

‘What you see in the video is an example of the mutually rewarding relationship that has been fostered between the planning courses at La Trobe University and Sri Lanka’s University of Moratuwa,’ says Mr Budge.

To view ‘Making the world your campus’, visit 




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