La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar said the 2013 ranking of 88 in the world was testament to the commitment, passion and progressive thinking of several generations of La Trobe students, teachers, researchers and graduates.
‘In the close to fifty years since it was first created, more than 100,000 students from all walks of life have graduated from La Trobe University,’ said Professor Dewar.
‘While many things have changed in that time, many of the key La Trobe ideals that were born with the institution and are instilled in its staff and graduates still remain to this day – a passion for excellence, a flair for creativity and a strong social conscience.
‘Today, as in the past, La Trobe University people seek knowledge and are not afraid to challenge accepted thinking.
‘We are ambitious and global thinkers. We aim to be among the best in the world in a number of research areas that address the big social and environmental issues of our time.
‘While there is always going to be some movement within any rankings system, I think La Trobe University is continuing to improve on the issues of substance,” Professor Dewar said.
La Trobe offers more than 340 undergraduate and postgraduate courses to about 34,000 students including about 9,000 international students from countries such as China, Vietnam, India, Singapore, the USA, France and Saudi Arabia.
University leaders have initiated a program to re-invigorate teaching and learning practices to meet the changing needs of students and to incorporate the best in emerging technologies.
La Trobe is one of Australia’s leaders in research – recognised as Australia’s best university for research in Microbiology and equal best in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Veterinary Science (Excellence in Research for Australia 2012).
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