First student cohort welcomed to new MBA

A new era of regional University study has begun with the first group of MBA students starting their studies at La Trobe's regional campuses as part of a newly designed qualification.

La Trobe University’s MBA qualification, ranked number 2 in Victoria last year, now extends to all of the University’s regional campuses. MBA coordinators were on hand to meet the first cohort of students at an Orientation Evening on each campus on Monday 24 February.

La Trobe MBA profile

‘This is the only face-to-face postgraduate MBA qualification offered in the regional areas between Melbourne and Canberra,’ Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional) Professor Richard Speed said. 

‘The fact that students don’t have to travel every week for study or relocate elsewhere makes the program extremely attractive for people established in the region and employed by local businesses.’

‘La Trobe’s new MBA is really vital for people who may have reached a certain stage in their career and need an extra qualification to progress,’ Professor Speed said.

‘Moving away or studying online from home isn’t ideal for many people or for the community, so we’re delighted to be able to offer the MBA at each of our regional campuses.’

Some subjects of the La Trobe MBA will be delivered onsite at the each Campus, meaning that students will study a large part of their qualification locally on weeknights. 

Other subjects will be run as an intensive block mode at one of the University’s campuses, bringing together the MBA cohort from across the state to allow collaborative learning and networking.

MBA Program Director Professor Amalia Di Iorio said that the unique design of the MBA program allows students to network across Victoria.

‘While the program design will enable the MBA students to further develop their local connections, they will also have the opportunity to network further afield,’ Professor Di Iorio said.

‘The presence of a face-to-face MBA qualification in the BorderSheppartonMildura and Bendigo regions is also of benefit to companies who are based or who are considering basing their operations in the region – they can feel confident that there are opportunities available for their staff to further develop their knowledge and skills.’

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Image: Vice-Chancellor's Fellow Mick Malthouse with MBA students.