MOU forges strong partnership

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar, and City of Greater Bendigo Chief Executive Officer, Craig Niemann, have signed a new agreement that will further strengthen the distinguished partnership between the two organisations.

Professor Dewar and Mr Niemann today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines a five year plan for La Trobe and the City to progress higher education in regional Victoria and particularly in Bendigo.

Professor Dewar said that La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo had over many years enjoyed a strong relationship and that both organisations were committed to ensuring that students from Bendigo and the surrounding region had every opportunity to access higher education in Bendigo.

“As Bendigo’s university, La Trobe is delighted to be strengthening and further enhancing our partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo that will see the two organisations ensure Bendigo becomes a truly great University city,” Professor Dewar said.

“This new MOU reaffirms our commitment to working with the City to identify and develop opportunities around infrastructure, teaching and research including through our Flora Hill campus master plan, expanding our teaching and research related to the Bendigo region and further developing Bendigo as a national centre of regional health provision.

“The agreement will also see both organisations strongly advocate to the federal government for the establishment of the Murray Darling Medical School with a campus in Bendigo.

Mr Niemann said the agreement would further support Bendigo’s development as a vibrant city that offers internationally-recognised education opportunities.

“We are fortunate to have a world class university campus in our city. Agreements such as this make perfect sense and ensure that there is a strong future for higher education in our region,” he said.

“Through the MOU, the City has committed to continue to develop strategies that benefit the region and support La Trobe to achieve its vision for making Bendigo a centre of learning, innovation, research and collaboration.”

The City and La Trobe first signed an MOU in 2008. The new MOU outlines further cooperation between the City and La Trobe involving the Ulumbarra complex; the continued advancement of the sustainability and vibrancy of the Bendigo (View Street) Arts Precinct and a long-term alliance approach to the Precinct’s vision; Development of La Trobe University as the primary research service provider to the City in recognition of the need to develop a local higher education research critical mass; promotion of work placements to support La Trobe University to expand its  offerings in identified local priority employment areas; The City’s Economic Development Unit to partner with La Trobe in the development and implementation of the University’s proposed general Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs and specific Engineering WIL programs.

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Photo; La Trobe Vice -Chancellor Professor John Dewar and and City of Greater Bendigo Chief Executive Officer, Craig Niemann,