La Trobe welcomes transport concessions

La Trobe University has welcomed a three year State Government trial to make public transport more accessible for international students living and studying in Victoria from 2015.

Under the trial – which La Trobe will be a part of – La Trobe’s international students will get a 50 per cent discount on annual public transport tickets.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the initiative applied to travel across Victoria and would make a real difference to students considering study in Victoria.

‘The international higher education market is highly competitive and the lack of concessions for international travel really was putting Victoria at a disadvantage, compared to other Australian states,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities. This decision sends a very clear message to international students: there are already many reasons to live and study in Melbourne. Now there is one more reason,’ he said.

‘La Trobe hosts more than 6,000 international students on our campuses across Victoria each year, and is committed to ensuring they are well supported during their time in Australia.

‘International students create strong cultural and economic benefits for all Victorians. We welcome anything that will encourage more students to benefit from a La Trobe education.

‘Universities are active partners in implementing the three year trial. We look forward to implementing the trial for the benefit of our international students and note that the next three years will be an opportunity to finesse the implementation and administration of the scheme.

Professor Dewar is currently the Chair of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (VVCC), which has long campaigned on the need for travel concessions for international students studying at universities in Victoria.

‘I am sure I speak for all members of the VVCC when I say this is a very welcome step in the right direction, that will help grow Victoria’s share of Australia’s international student market,’ he said.

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