LA TROBE UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA
June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008
La Trobe launches the Olga La Trobe opens the Bouverie La Trobe staff win five Australian The Good Universities Guide 2009
Tennison Autism Research Centre - Centre - a $5 million facility to Learning and Teaching Council awards La Trobe MBA lecturers the
Australia’s first dedicated research help Victorian families tackle the Citations for their Outstanding maximum five-star rating for the
centre for autism. challenging issues of mental health. Contributions to Student Learning. excellence of their qualifications.
Director of La Trobe’s Institute The Sweeney Research Uni Student The School of Dentistry and Oral
for Human Security, and political Report 2009, ranks La Trobe as Health celebrates the graduation
commentator, Professer Dennis Victoria’s leading university for of its first cohort of students.
Altman receives the Order of student experience.
La Trobe launches the $30 million
Cooperative Research Centre for
October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009
La Trobe researchers win La Trobe launches the Bachelor of The Australian Government La Trobe’s Mildura campus
$6.4 million in grants from the Business (Sustainable Resource awards La Trobe $3.1 million launches ‘A Taste of Tertiary’ – an
Australian Research Council and Management). to help establish a new school exciting new program that takes
the National Health and Medical for regional and rural nursing higher education opportunities to
La Trobe joins Microsoft as a
Research Council. in Bendigo. those who otherwise may not have
‘Network Partner’ in its global
the chance to study.
La Trobe is ranked in the top 100 ‘BizSpark’ program, aimed at Pioneer of cochlear implants,
universities in the world for Arts helping young entrepreneurs Professor Graeme Clark joins
and Humanities (Times Higher succeed in setting up information La Trobe and establishes the
Education QS World University technology start-up firms. Graeme Clark Hearing and
Rankings 2008). Neuroscience Unit.
February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009
Professor David Vaux is awarded The Victorian Minister for Health, Launch of the $490,000 walking The Australian Government awards
the prestigious Macfarlane Burnet the Hon Daniel Andrews (above, and cycling path connecting the La Trobe University $64.1 million to
Medal and Lecture for his research right) opens two new dental University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) establish the $97.9 million La Trobe
on the molecular mechanisms by laboratories at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus to Macleod Railway Station. Institute for Molecular Science and
which cells kill themselves. campus. The $1.9 million facilities a further $59.6 million to establish
La Trobe is chosen as the Victorian
will give students access to the $88.9 million La Trobe Rural
The Graduate School of service provider of the national
the latest technology in dental Health School.
Management launches the Autism Specific Early Learning
Graduate Certificate of Corporate and Care Centres program. The Construction of La Trobe’s new
Responsibility. University will receive $4 million $9 million, five green-star rated,
over four years to develop an Shepparton campus begins.
Autism Specific Early Learning
and Care Centre.
June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009
Construction of the Centre for Professor Marilyn Lake wins the La Trobe launches La Trobe on Distinguished Professor Graeme
AgriBioscience begins. The Centre Ernest Scott Prize for the most iTunes U – a library of content Clark wins the Otto Schmitt Award
will be a world-class facility for distinguished contribution to the including public lectures, for his pioneering research on
agricultural biosciences research history of Australia, New Zealand interviews, seminars and video cochlear implants.
and development. or colonisation. documentaries; freely available
La Trobe wins seven Australian
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul La Trobe launches Australia’s Research Council Future
Johnson launches La Trobe’s first-ever Master in Islamic Fellowships.
Regional Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012. Banking and Finance.
Dr Robert Kenny wins the
Prime Minister’s Prize for
Message from the Vice-Chancellor
Welcome to Ambitions into Achievements – a publication that outlines
many of the University’s achievements to-date within the 2008 – 2012
strategic planning period.
Late in 2007, La Trobe University committed itself to its Strategic Plan
2008 – 2012, a five-year plan identifying key targets for the development
of teaching and learning, research, internationalisation, community
engagement and its support activities.
The achievement of these targets will ensure La Trobe’s continuing success
as one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities, in this
changing and challenging higher education landscape.
La Trobe has already succeeded in turning many of its ambitions into
achievements. The University’s research profile has been significantly
improved by the establishment of the $97.9 million La Trobe Institute for
Molecular Science and the launch of the Olga Tennison Autism Re-
search Centre - Australia’s first dedicated research centre for Autism
In June 2009, the University launched its Regional Strategic Plan,
articulating its intention to further develop its regional campuses and
significantly improve access to higher education in regional Victoria.
This followed the Federal Government’s decision to award La Trobe
$59.6 million to build the La Trobe Rural Health School in Bendigo.
The School is set to address major health workforce shortages across
The University continues to build on its reputation as a leader in
environmental sustainability, incorporating sustainability into its curriculum,
research, day-to-day operations and infrastructure development.
The Victorian Government and La Trobe University are investing
$288 million in a world-class centre for agricultural bioscience research
and development; research conducted at the centre will focus on meeting
the challenges posed by climate change and drought.
La Trobe University aims to create infinite possibilities for students,
staff and the community through education and research. Through
this publication, I would like to share our intentions, progress and
achievements with you.
Professor Paul Johnson
Vice-Chancellor and President
Teaching and Learning
A NEW DESIGN
La Trobe University is committed to the provision of high quality, accessible
and relevant teaching programs aimed at producing graduates with the
employment and life skills needed to make a positive contribution to society.
La Trobe University has served its • to provide La Trobe staff with the
various communities – in Victoria and support and professional development
increasingly across the world – by opportunities needed to achieve these
providing high quality, relevant and ambitious goals.
effective courses and teaching for For more information on Design for
nearly half a century. Learning, please visit:
The University presently offers more than www.latrobe.edu.au/teaching
400 undergraduate, postgraduate and
research programs to more than 27,000 IMPROVING ACCESS
students – including over 5,000 international TO HIGHER EDUCATION
students from over 100 countries.
In 2008 and 2009, La Trobe University
La Trobe’s Strategic Plan commits the
implemented a range of initiatives in
University to a five-year process of Re-designing curriculum
support of the Federal Government’s aim
renewal aimed at ensuring the continued
to significantly improve higher education Appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor
provision of excellence in teaching and
attainment levels in Australia. These in January 2008, Professor Belinda
learning in a changed and changing higher Probert (above) has overall responsibility
education landscape. for the planning, quality and delivery of
• launching the Heidelberg Schools the University’s four-year campaign of
RENEWING CURRICULUM Regeneration Project; a partnership curriculum review and renewal – Design
project between La Trobe University, for Learning.
In 2009, La Trobe staff committed the Victorian Government and the local “The University is taking an ambitious,
themselves to a radical, four-year community, aimed at improving access whole-of-institution approach to re-
campaign of curriculum review and to the University for students and staff of designing its curriculum, with the overall
renewal. local primary and secondary schools aim of increasing its effectiveness and
success in educating students to high
Known as Design for Learning, the • initiating a ‘Taste of Tertiary’ in Mildura –
standards - while helping staff contribute in
campaign has four objectives: a program that takes higher education
ways that are fulfilling in professional and
opportunities to those in regional Victoria
• to increase the number of entry points personal terms,” said Professor Probert.
who may never otherwise have had the
and the flexibility of pathways through The campaign will see the adoption of
chance to study
and between programs shared and clearly defined La Trobe
• offering more than 600 scholarships University graduate capabilities by all
• to provide all La Trobe students the
undergraduate programs; improved,
learning opportunities and support • signing articulation agreements with the
learning-centred student engagement
needed to learn deeply and graduate Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE and
activities; and the implementation of
well-prepared to achieve their career the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, and a
a University-wide approach to staff
and personal goals Memorandum of Understanding with the
development and support.
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, to
• to develop a series of student Professor Probert is a Fellow of the
expand pathways and improve student
engagement initiatives and programs Academy of Social Sciences and a
mobility between the University and
that reach beyond the classroom to founding director of the Australian Learning
further enrich the La Trobe University and Teaching Council.
RANKINGS AND RATINGS
Leading Five-star Four-star ratings Top 100 Top 200
Victorian rating for seven key performance in the world for Arts in the world for
university for the academic indicators, including ‘posi- and Humanities Social Sciences
for student qualifications of tive graduate outcomes’ Times Higher Times Higher
experience MBA lecturers and ‘overall satisfaction’ Education QS Education QS
The Sweeney Good Universities Good Universities World University World University
Research Guide 2009 Guide 2009 Rankings 2008 Rankings 2008
A LEADER IN STUDENT EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
La Trobe University proudly recognises its
La Trobe University was recently ranked 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching
as Victoria’s leading university for student Council (ALTC) Citation winners for their
experience (The Sweeney Research Uni outstanding contributions to the quality of
Student Report, 2009). Australian higher education. They are:
The University recognises that a great • Dr Alberto Gomes, Associate Professor,
deal of student learning takes place School of Social Sciences, for over
outside the classroom; through interaction twenty years of sustained excellence
with other students, the University and the in teaching anthropology to large
wider community. undergraduate classes and inspiring
and motivating students to engage in
In 2008 and 2009, La Trobe’s Student social activism
Building information literacy
Engagement Division centrally coordinated
Information literacy is being built into
the implementation of numerous initiatives • Mr John McDonald, Faculty of Science,
La Trobe University curriculum as part of Technology and Engineering, for
designed to foster greater interaction and
the University’s curriculum review and enhancing graduate outcomes and
improve the employability of La Trobe
renewal campaign. self worth through the provision of the
students. These initiatives include:
“To be information literate means to be able In2science Peer Mentoring Program,
to recognise the information we require, • the La Trobe Award, which recognises adding value to science students’
identify where to find it and decide which voluntary student contributions to tertiary experience
information is the most relevant and campus and community life by offering
• Dr Svetlana Petelina, Department
reliable,” said La Trobe University Librarian, free high quality training in leadership,
Professor Ainslie Dewe (above). of Physics, for innovative cognitive-
business writing, team building, people
based curriculum design and teaching
“In an increasingly complex information management, and more
approaches in Physics for Life Sciences.
society, it is essential for students to know
• the Infinity Leadership Program, which
not only what information resources are
provides students and recent graduates
available and how to access them, but
with opportunities to utilise and develop
also how best to use those resources for
their knowledge of leadership
their learning and research,” said Professor
Dewe. • the First Year Summit - an opportunity
In partnership with academic staff, the for students to provide feedback on
Library successfully introduced new the first year experience and present
information literacy components into the recommendations for improvement
2009 Health Sciences common first year
• a new website dedicated to providing
curriculum, resulting in demonstrable
improvements in information literacy skills
essential information and resources to
for 1,500 students. commencing students.
For more information on La Trobe’s student
engagement initiatives, please visit:
La Trobe University is committed to serving its communities of interest and
place by conducting research of the highest quality.
Research is, and always has been, KEY DEVELOPMENTS
fundamental to La Trobe University’s
purpose as a higher education In its 2009 budget, the Australian Govern-
institution. ment awarded 13% of its education infra-
structure allocation to La Trobe University –
The University’s overarching research more than any other university in Australia.
intentions are two-fold:
The University was awarded $64.1 million
1. to conduct research of the highest
by the Federal Government to establish
quality judged in comparison to the
the $97.9 million, La Trobe Institute for
best in the world; and
Molecular Science (LIMS); and a further
2. to make a difference to society
$59.6 million to establish the $88.9 million
through its research.
La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS)
In its recently launched Research Plan in Bendigo.
2009 – 2012, the University committed Unlocking the puzzle of autism
LIMS will establish La Trobe as a world-
itself to achieving these goals by aligning On 27 June 2008, La Trobe University
class research leader in the areas of
and focusing its resources on its seven launched the Olga Tennison Autism
molecular science, biotechnology and
areas of research strength - agribioscience Research Centre (OTARC); Australia’s first
nanotechnology; creating 220 extra dedicated research centre for autism.
and the environment, health and society,
research positions to address a critical
human behaviour and thought, human The Centre focuses on basic and applied
shortage of bioscientists in Australia and
communication, human society and research into the causes, nature, diagnosis
generating additional research income
organisation, molecular science, and and treatment of Autism Spectrum
of $10 million annually. Disorders (ASD).
studies of the past.
The LRHS will substantially enhance “ASDs are a group of debilitating
applied research in health and aged developmental disorders, including Autistic,
care and play a critical part in improving Asperger’s and Pervasive Developmental
health services practice and delivery in disorders, which affect about one in 119
children,” said Centre Director, Associate
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake (above).
In June 2009, construction commenced
A current research focus is the early
of the Centre for Agri-Bioscience (AgriBio), detection of ASDs in infants and the
in a joint venture with the Victorian dissemination of findings to healthcare
Government’s Department of Primary practitioners through training and education
Industries (DPI). programs. La Trobe is also developing a $4
million autism-specific childcare centre.
To be fully operational by April 2012,
“Early identification and intervention will
this world-leading facility for agricultural
maximise the development opportunities for
biosciences research will see extensive
affected children and save many families
collaboration between the University and the emotional and financial costs involved
the DPI, aimed at protecting Victoria’s in identifying their child’s disorder,” said Dr
$11.8 billion agricultural sector. Dissanayake.
For more information about OTARC,
$64.1 million $59.6 million Commenced $30 million Australia’s first
awarded by the awarded by construction Cooperative Research dedicated research
Federal Government the Australian of the world- Centre for Biomarker centre for Autism
to establish the $97.9 Government to leading Centre for Translation launched Spectrum Disorders -
million La Trobe establish the $88.9 Agribioscience the Olga Tennison
Institute for Molecular million La Trobe Autism Research
Science Rural Health School Centre established
In July 2008, La Trobe University officially WORLD-FIRSTS AND DISCOVERIES
launched the $30 million, Federal Govern-
ment funded, Cooperative Research Centre • La Trobe University molecular biologist
for Biomarker Translation (CRC-BT). and international leader in malarial
research, Associate Professor Mick
The CRC-BT focuses on the development Foley, in collaboration with the CSIRO,
of diagnostic and therapeutic agents for pioneered the use of modified shark
the treatment of cancer and autoimmune antibodies in the quest for new and better
diseases and is headquartered at the therapies against diseases such as
La Trobe University Research and Develop- malaria, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
ment Park in Bundoora – Australia’s largest
• In a world-first, scientists led by
wholly university owned and managed La Trobe’s Professor Paul Fisher,
technology park. discovered that the stress signalling
La Trobe also launched a $2 million protein AMPK is responsible for Making the world sound better
suite of five mass spectrometers; giving stimulating infection, such as Legionella,
in mitochondrially diseased cells. Founder of the Bionic Ear, Professor
its researchers access to world-leading Graeme Clark (above), joined La Trobe
Mitochondrial defects also play a central
facilities in the global search for new University in late 2008 to establish the
role in major neurodegenerative diseases
drugs to target and treat cancer and auto- Graeme Clark Centre for Bionic Ear and
such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
immune diseases. NeuroSensory Research, at the University’s
• La Trobe University plant scientists Melbourne (Bundoora) campus.
In 2008, the University established the
led by Professor Roger Parish and From here Professor Clark and his team are
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre -
Dr Song Li identified a missing link – spearheading the development of the next
Australia’s first dedicated research centre
protein MYB5 - in the regulation of seed generation of high-fidelity bionic ear.
for Autism Spectrum Disorders. development. Their work will provide
“The aim is to substantially enhance the
The Centre was established to advance opportunities to improve the nutritional audio quality of cochlear implants to a point
knowledge of the nature and causes of value of oilseed crops and add value to where it may even be possible to achieve
Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as to grain crops by improving seed quality excellent musical appreciation,” he said.
develop and study evidence-based strate- and germination.
A Companion of the Order of Australia and
gies for supporting children and families • Graduate researcher, Dr Jamin Pelkey Fellow of the Royal Society of London,
affected by these disorders. and La Trobe linguist Professor David Professor Clark was recently awarded the
Bradley ‘discovered’ 30 previously prestigious Otto Schmitt Award for his
In September 2009, La Trobe University exceptional contributions to advancements
unlisted languages, in use in China.
won seven of the Federal Government’s in medical and biological engineering.
inaugural Australian Research Council • La Trobe palaeontologist, Dr Ben Kear
His was the first cochlear implant to reliably
Future Fellowships. and the South Australian Museum’s
give speech understanding to severely-to-
Neville Pledge, discovered the fossil
The Fellowships promote research in areas profoundly deaf people.
of one of the oldest ancestors of the
of critical national importance by giving modern kangaroo.
outstanding researchers incentives to
conduct their research in Australia.
La Trobe University will continue its commitment to internationalisation;
establishing and developing worldwide affiliations which provide its students
and staff with access to a global education network.
La Trobe University is internationally GROWING DIVERSITY La Trobe’s Study Abroad program
recognised through its teaching, enables students from all across the world
research and exchange links with Since January 2008, international student to undertake either a semester or a year
over 250 institutions across more enrolment at La Trobe University has of study at La Trobe University that will
than 40 countries. increased by more than 15%, including be credited towards their home degree.
new enrolments from Turkey, Mauritius, In 2008 and 2009, the program attracted
In 2008, La Trobe launched its International Libya, South Korea, Laos, Botswana, more than 310 students from a range of
Engagement Plan 2008 – 2012 articulating Albania, Ecuador and Chile. countries including the USA, Germany,
its intention to improve its participation in
The University presently hosts more than Mexico, Sweden, Japan and Korea.
the global exchange of knowledge and
expertise, and to raise its international 5000 onshore international students from The University offers a range of scholar-
profile. The University will: more than 100 countries, and reaches a ships to international undergraduate,
further 900 international students through postgraduate and Study Abroad students.
• increase the size and diversity of its its offshore and pathways programs.
international student body
La Trobe has implemented a range of FACILITATING INTERNATIONAL
• increase the cost effectiveness and
measures aimed at increasing the size and
ensure the strategic alignment of
diversity of its international student body. La Trobe is a founding member of the
teaching and research partnerships
Recent course offerings at La Trobe International Network of Universities
• foster an enriching student experience
reflect global trends, and aim to attract (INU); a consortium of 11 universities
for onshore international students
a more diverse student population. in nine countries, which encourages
• stimulate international awareness New courses include: the Master of internationalisation through student and
in students and staff. International Relations, the Master of staff mobility, research collaboration, and
Global Communications, the Master cooperation in university management.
of Nanotechnology, the Master of
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics,
and the Master of Islamic Banking and
Finance – the first of its kind in Australia.
Robots for health and wellbeing?
A new research collaboration between La Trobe University, Kyoto University and electronics giant –
NEC, is leading to the development of emotionally intelligent health care robots.
NEC’s PaPeRo – Partner Personal Robots - are evolving their ‘emotional’ faculties at the Research
Centre for Computers, Communication and Social Innovation (RECCSI), located at La Trobe’s
Research and Development Park in Bundoora.
“We are designing emotionally intelligent pre and post operative health care robot systems which will
provide a means of assessing the emotional state of patients when they come in for surgery,” said
RECCSI Executive Director, La Trobe’s Associate Professor Rajiv Khosla (left with NEC Japan’s PaPeRo).
“We strongly expect that this collaborative research will open up a new vista in the research and
design of information and communication technologies and robots,” said NEC’s Dr Keiji Yamada.
For more information about RECCSI, please visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/reccsi
15% increase Over 5000 Over 100 Over 900 Founding
in international international student exchange offshore and member
enrolments students from more partner institutions pathways students of the International
since January 2008 than 100 countries in over 30 countries Network of
enrolled onshore Universities
The University’s student exchange 2009 saw the enhancement of the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus, the
program presently provides student University’s offshore teaching programs at CRC-BT focuses on the development
mobility and exchange opportunities the East China Normal University and Tongji of diagnostic and therapeutic agents
between La Trobe and more than 100 University in Shanghai. La Trobe also offers for the treatment of cancer and
partner institutions in over 30 countries. Diplomas, Bachelor, Masters and PhD autoimmune diseases.
courses at associate institutions in China, • joining Microsoft as a ‘Network Partner’
To-date, La Trobe University has facilitated
Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Bhutan. in its global ‘BizSpark’ program, aimed
the exchange of over 1200 La Trobe
students to more than 100 partner at helping young entrepreneurs succeed
universities overseas. In 2008 and 2009, in setting up information technology
400 La Trobe students spent six months or
more in universities including the University La Trobe University has developed a range • a collaboration with agribusiness
of California, McGill University in Canada of international partnerships including: company Hexima, and agribioscience
and Lund University in Sweden, studying • the Research Centre for Computers, multinational DuPont, to commercialise
a wide range of courses such as Nursing, Communication and Social Innovation anti-fungal technology developed with
Law, International Relations and languages. (RECCSI) – a collaboration with Kyoto La Trobe University’s Professor Marilyn
University and the NEC Corporation Anderson.
La Trobe recently formalised an
agreement with International Student aimed at developing emotionally
intelligent systems for computers
Exchange Programs (ISEP); providing
the University with access to a student • partnerships with leading US-based
exchange network of 300 colleges and biotechnology corporations, Amgen,
universities in 42 countries. and Becton, Dickinson and Company,
through the Co-operative Research
The University also developed and now
Centre for Biomarker Translation
offers a range of short-term credit bearing
(CRC-BT). Headquartered at La Trobe’s
programs and funded practicum or clinical
placements, at partner universities.
Preparing students for global markets
La Trobe University recently launched Australia’s first Master in Islamic Banking and Finance – a
course designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required by global Islamic capital
markets and institutions.
The new course was launched at the Islamic Banking and Finance Symposium, co-hosted by
La Trobe University and opened by Assistant Federal Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry (left).
“With around 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide – a quarter of the world’s population from some of the
most growth-hungry countries – the opportunities are worldwide. Islamic finance cannot be ignored in
our efforts to promote Australia as a regional financial services hub,” said Senator Sherry.
More than 260 Islamic financial institutions operate worldwide today, managing assets estimated at
no less than A$500 billion. KPMG estimates that 50% of the Muslim world will be involved with Islamic
Banking and Finance within the next ten years.
AT LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,
OUR AIM IS TO CREATE
FOR STUDENTS, STAFF
AND THE COMMUNITY
La Trobe University recognises that its strength as an institution is directly linked
to the sustainability and success of its communities. It is, as a result, strongly
committed to engaging its communities in mutually supportive endeavour.
For La Trobe, engaging its communities The University aims to increase student
in mutually supportive endeavour is placements at its regional campuses by
inseparable from its core activities of 20%, increase the international student
teaching, learning and research. population by 50%, attract more students
from low socio-economic backgrounds
With seven campuses, the communities to
and significantly increase its regional
which the University most strongly relates
are based in the northern Melbourne
metropolitan region and northern Victoria. La Trobe University has made significant
progress towards the achievement of
La Trobe interacts with and contributes to
these communities through teaching and
research designed to enrich and develop In May 2009, the Federal Government
their economic, professional, social and awarded the University $59.6 million
cultural fabric. towards establishing the $88.9 million A bold plan for regional Victoria
La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS)
The University’s Strategic Plan 2008 – 2012 Appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor
sets forth the following objectives; during (Regional) in 2008, Professor Hal Swerissen
the five year planning period, the The new School is set to address (above), is leading the implementation
major health workforce shortages of the University’s 2009 – 2012 Regional
across northern Victoria and contribute
• increase consultation with its Professor Swerissen says that he is thrilled
significantly to the local economy –
communities to identify regional needs to be guiding the University’s regional
increasing enrolments in health
and aspirations campuses in the development of plans
sciences by 70%, adding 781 student
that will give more regional Victorians the
• identify, develop and offer sustainable places and generating an additional
chance to participate in higher education.
and relevant courses which meet 211 graduates annually.
community, workforce, social and “We know that 18 – 20 year olds who live
cultural needs In March 2009, La Trobe opened a in regional locations are less likely to
$1.9 million, world-class, dental training attend University than their metropolitan
• identify and conduct research which facility in Bendigo, significantly increasing counterparts (18% compared to 25%).
most benefits its communities regional student access to the latest Our aim is to significantly increase the
• create educational pathways for life-long technology in dental health training. numbers of international and domestic
learning in its communities. students right across northern Victoria
La Trobe commenced construction of its so that we are better able to meet
new $9 million Shepparton campus in regional workforce needs,” said
MEETING REGIONAL NEEDS May 2009. Scheduled for completion in Professor Swerissen.
AND ASPIRATIONS 2011, the facility will be La Trobe’s most The four-year plan will be augmented by
In 2009, the University launched its 2009 - innovative learning space and is set to broad community consultations aimed at
2012 Regional Strategic Plan, articulating significantly upgrade learning and research identifying regional needs and aspirations.
its intention to significantly advance in the region.
higher education across its campuses in
Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton
THE LA TROBE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION
The La Trobe University Foundation seeks • the Olga Tennison Autism • sporting clubs and student facilities
and manages philanthropic support for Research Centre
• student scholarships.
the University’s research, scholarship
• neurosensory research into the
and teaching. For more information about the
Contributions received are put towards Foundation and its programs,
a variety of projects and programs of • support for students from a or to make a donation please visit:
benefit to Victorian communities and the refugee background www.latrobe.edu.au/foundation
University. These include:
DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS ENGAGING ALUMNI
La Trobe University is committed The University’s alumni program links
to enhancing its relationships with La Trobe’s global community of
government, businesses and community 135,000 graduates to each other and
groups and to strengthening ties with to the University.
schools and other educational institutions.
The program offers current students
In 2008, the university signed access to mentors and industry leaders;
Memorandums of Understanding with provides the University with feedback from
local councils across a number of graduates, and provides graduates with
regional municipalities, demonstrating its valuable industry and community networks.
commitment to collaboration for the benefit
Alumni program highlights in 2008 and
of Victorian communities.
Promoting social cohesion
Areas of collaboration include sustainable
Established in 2006, La Trobe University’s • launching the Alumnights seminar series
development, addressing climate change
Centre for Dialogue specialises in the – bringing La Trobe alumni together in a
issues through research, and identifying
theory and practice of dialogue across series of seminars by industry leaders
and addressing skills shortages.
communities, cultures, religions and nations.
• hosting Alumni Regional Dinners in
Chaired by former Premier of Victoria, In June 2009, the University partnered Malaysia and Singapore. Minister of
the Hon. Steve Bracks (above), the with the Victorian Government and Science, Technology and Innovation,
Centre fosters research, education, and the Heidelberg community in northern Malaysia, and La Trobe alumnus, Datuk
community engagement, in the belief Melbourne, to launch the ‘Heidelberg Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, addressed
that by broadening and deepening the Schools Regeneration Project’. The project alumni at a recent dinner held in Sabah,
understanding of dialogue, we can in turn will give students and staff of local primary Malaysia, which raised RM 6000
address the many problems of coexistence
and secondary schools, improved access (approximately A$ 2600) for donation
that remain essentially unresolved.
to the University. to the Australian Red Cross Victorian
Recent initiatives include the Leadership Bushfire Appeal 2009.
Training Program for Young Muslims and the The University also has agreements in
Dialogue Diaspora Program which brings place with a number of TAFEs across • launching the Young Alumni Group;
together diasporic communities whose metropolitan and regional Victoria to linking current students, young
original homelands are in conflict. facilitate clearer education pathways graduates and the La Trobe University
The Centre has also hosted addresses by between institutions. community through career and social
numerous personalities of note including networking opportunities
Patrick Dodson, Chairman of the Council
• presenting the La Trobe University
for Aboriginal Reconciliation (1991-1997),
Distinguished Alumni Awards,
and former Iranian President, Sayed
recognising eminent alumni who have
demonstrated outstanding professional
For more information about the Centre, or community service achievements
its staff, projects, publications and events
please visit: • launching the Alumni Lecture series –
the most recent lecture featured CEO
of the AFL and La Trobe alumnus,
La Trobe University aims to provide its students and staff with high quality
teaching, learning and research facilities, and to minimise its impact on
La Trobe University is dedicated to de- • completing a $1.3 million, Federal
veloping and maintaining a sustainable Government funded, revamp of the
environment that effectively facilitates University’s main sports oval in Bundoora
the achievement of its strategic goals in • enhancing security on the Melbourne
teaching, research and engagement. (Bundoora) campus by upgrading
The University’s Building and Grounds lighting and video surveillance systems.
Division centrally coordinates the
SUSTAINABILITY AT LA TROBE
planning, development and maintenance
of La Trobe’s property portfolio – the Between 2004 and 2008, the University
University occupies in excess of 550 reduced its water consumption by 20%
hectares of land, with over 230 buildings and its total energy consumption by 3%,
on six campuses. despite a 13.6% increase in the number
of students during this time.
DEVELOPING BUILDINGS The new Shepparton Campus
AND GROUNDS Minimising Carbon Emissions La Trobe University commenced construc-
tion of its new $9 million Shepparton
In 2009, construction commenced of two Over 80% of the energy used at campus building in May 2009.
major capital development programs; the La Trobe’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
The building is designed to achieve a five
Centre for AgriBioscience (AgriBio) and is provided by the University’s own Green Star rating, incorporating high
the $9 million Shepparton campus. Both cogeneration plant. efficiency light and water fittings, an active
projects will significantly enhance learning mass cooling system, on-site recycling of
The plant generates electricity and hot
and research at La Trobe. rainwater, and the use of renewable
water and operates at approximately
The University also improved the health and 40% below the Victorian Environment
“The building’s stunning external appear-
recreational facilities available to its staff Protection Authority’s requirements for
ance will make it one of Shepparton’s
and students, and enhanced on-campus gaseous emissions.
signature buildings, while its internal design
security. These improvements include:
The University is updating its heating will make it the University’s most innovative
• opening a bookshop-café on its Albury- and cooling systems as part of a ten year learning space” said Elizabeth Lavender,
Wodonga campus; the $700,000 facility plan. Energy efficient central regulation Executive Director of the Shepparton
has since become a focal point for campus. The new facility will feature flexible
systems have already been installed
social interaction teaching and collaborative learning spaces,
in 50% of buildings on the Melbourne
a café/bookshop and a nursing laboratory.
• opening a fitness-centre on its Albury- (Bundoora) campus.
Jointly funded by the University and the
Wodonga campus. The centre features More than 2000 fluorescent tubes have State and Federal governments, the building
a gymnasium, fitness rooms and hard recently been replaced with more efficient is scheduled for completion in 2011.
court playing areas. T5 fittings and excess lighting has
• commencing construction of the been removed from many areas of the
new Student Hub at the Melbourne University, accounting for a reduction in
(Bundoora) campus. The Hub will give the University’s carbon emissions of 105
students access to a range of services tonnes annually.
- including enrolment, legal, financial,
In 2008, La Trobe launched a 5kW solar
counseling and accommodation
panel array to provide a hands-on learning
services - in one central location.
experience to students enrolled in the
Commenced Commenced 25% reduction 20% reduction Improved
construction construction in recyclables to in water consumption bus services
of the Centre for of the five Green Star landfill since 2006 between 2004 and to and from the
AgriBioscience rated Shepparton 2008 Melbourne (Bundoora)
Campus campus resulting in
an estimated saving
of 50,000 car trips or
200 tonnes of CO2
University’s new ‘Green Stream’ electronic Bus services to and from the University
engineering units. have been significantly increased; a total
of 26 new daily services have started
In addition to serving as an educational
running since February 2008, contributing
and research tool and raising awareness
to an estimated saving of 50,000 car
of sustainable energy generation within
trips and 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide
the La Trobe community, the $49,000 array
will also reduce the University’s carbon
emissions by about eight tonnes per year. The University operates one of Australia’s
largest carpooling programs with over
Conserving Water 3000 registered members. La Trobe is also
La Trobe University has halved its a member of the Greenfleet initiative and
consumption of potable water at its has planted 13000 trees to offset its car
Melbourne (Bundoora) campus since fleet emissions since 2000.
Building a world-class research facility
2004. This has been achieved through
Recycling Waste The Victorian Government and La Trobe
a range of measures including:
University are investing $288 million in a
Since its implementation in 2007, the
• the use of a lake and moat system to new world-class centre for agricultural
University’s Office Recycling Program
collect storm-water run off. Water from bioscience research and development,
the system is used to irrigate playing has successfully reduced the amount to be operational in 2012.
fields, gardens and lawns. of recyclables to landfill from office areas
Construction of the Centre for
by 25%. AgriBioscience (AgriBio) commenced
• using rainwater tanks to collect and
In 2008, La Trobe began a recycling in June 2009.
supply water for irrigation, flushing
toilets, washing cars and for use in program for electronic waste; more than Research conducted at the Centre will
1100 units of e-waste - mainly retired significantly contribute to the protection
computer equipment - have since of Victoria’s $11.8 billion agricultural
• installing waterless urinals in several sector from disease threats; improve
of the University’s toilets and water primary industries’ competitiveness and
flow restrictors on taps. La Trobe University recently achieved Silver sustainability, and focus efforts on
Certification in Sustainability Victoria’s addressing current challenges including
Sustainable Transport Waste Wise Program. climate change and drought.
La Trobe University has taken significant From 2012, La Trobe Honours and post-
For more information on La Trobe’s
steps in its bid to encourage the use graduate students will have the opportunity
sustainability initiatives and achievements,
to train in a first-rate facility; one of the best
of sustainable transport. In April 2009, please visit: biosciences facilities in the world.
the University opened the $300,000
CycleSmart Centre, providing more www.latrobe.edu.au/sustainability The construction of AgriBio will create 390
jobs and inject close to $620 million into
showers, lockers and change rooms
the Victorian economy.
and secure storage for 50 bicycles.
For more information please visit:
La Trobe also launched a walking and
cycling path connecting the University to
Macleod Railway Station. The $490,000
project was jointly funded by the Victorian
Government, La Trobe University and the
cities of Banyule and Darebin.
CHANGING LA TROBE
The structures, systems and culture of the University are vital enablers to
support the achievement of its core priorities. The organisational structures
of the University will be efficient, flexible and responsive.
La Trobe University recognises that REVIEWING LA TROBE
the achievement of its goals in teaching,
research and engagement requires Ten key administrative functions were
strategic change to the University’s defined for review and re-design, including:
organisational infrastructure and its Information and Communications
administrative processes. Technology (ICT); Library; Human
Resources; Estate Management; Finance
In June 2008, La Trobe initiated its and Resource Planning; Marketing,
Administrative Change Program (ACP) Student Recruitment and International;
aimed at improving the quality of its Faculty Services; Corporate Services;
administrative services while reducing Research Services; and Student Services
the cost to the University of providing and Student Administration.
Of these functions, nine have undergone
The Program is being implemented in comprehensive reviews, involving extensive Managing change
three stages; first, a series of reviews of consultation with those who most intimately Pranay Lodhiya joined La Trobe University in
functional operations across the University; know each function – the members of staff September 2008 as Chief Financial Officer
second, a re-design of organisational who provide these services and those who and Executive Director, Finance and
structures and administrative processes; rely on them for the successful fulfilment of Resource Planning. In December 2008, Mr
and third, the implementation of change. Lodhiya was appointed Program Sponsor of
the Administrative Change Program (ACP).
Together these actions will provide the
AN IMPROVED UNIVERSITY “Our core purposes as a university are to
University with the financial foundation
create effective learning opportunities for
and administrative and support structures To-date significant improvements have students, and to produce research of real
and services it requires to achieve its short been achieved; La Trobe University value to our communities,” said Mr Lodhiya.
and long term teaching, learning and reported an operating surplus of $19.24 “Neither of these would be possible without
research goals. million for the year ended 31 December the support services carried out by so many
2008; up from a surplus of $1.46 million of La Trobe’s staff. The aim of the ACP is to
for 2007 and an operating deficit of $7.4 improve the quality and efficiency of these
million in 2006. services by providing staff members with
support and appropriate development
Significant improvements to service opportunities,” he said.
delivery have been achieved within a
Mr Lodhiya has devoted much of his career
number of functional areas including to managing and implementing
the La Trobe University Library, ICT and organisational change. His most recent
Human Resources. appointments have been as the Deputy
Director of Financial Operations at the
University of Melbourne and then as
Director of Finance at Victoria University.
CHANGING LA TROBE
The structures, systems and culture of the University are vital enablers to
support the achievement of its core priorities. The organisational structures
of the University will be efficient, flexible and responsive.
A CHANGING LIBRARY The Library is also undertaking a major
redevelopment of its learning spaces to
The La Trobe University Library is committed better provide for increasing demand and
to achieving the highest standards in the changing learning practices. Scheduled to
provision of information resources and commence in 2010, the Bundoora Library
services in order to advance the teaching, redevelopment project will add more than
learning and research of the University. 800 additional seats, more and better
Following a comprehensive review of equipped social and collaborative learning
operations the Library established a Digital spaces and a dedicated study lounge for
Infrastructure section covering e-content, postgraduate students.
digital repositories, digital data curation,
IMPROVING INFORMATION AND
preservation and retrieval, and e-publishing.
A new section to coordinate quality and
Supporting academic staff in The ICT Group aims to deliver high quality,
planning processes was established,
changing La Trobe cost-effective ICT services to effectively
acquisition and cataloguing processes
In July 2008, Professor Tom Angelo was support La Trobe University’s learning,
were streamlined, and faculty team
appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum teaching and research activities.
leaders were appointed with a strategic
and Academic Planning) and as Founding
Director of the Curriculum, Teaching and learning and research focus. The Library The Group manages staff and student
Learning Centre (CTLC). also developed a formal, University-wide computer accounts, provides e-mail
Information Literacy Policy and Framework. access and support, maintains the
“The University is in the process of reviewing
and renewing its curriculum with a view to Key achievements for the Library in information technology network across
providing a learning experience of the 2009 include: all campuses, maintains the University’s
highest quality. The CTLC aims to provide telephone network and its web pages and
our staff with the support and development • continuing the rapid development of provides teaching technology services
opportunities they require to achieve this e-resources, enabling access for staff including Lectopia – a system that provides
ambition,” said Professor Angelo. and students to an additional 5,000 automated digital recording of lectures
The CTLC has recently seen a five-fold e-book titles and more than 2,500 new that can be accessed via streaming media
increase in staff participation in its three-day e-journal titles
over the web.
workshop on effective teaching for higher
• working in partnership with the Faculty
learning, and a four-fold increase in staff
of Health Sciences on curriculum
enrolments into the Graduate Certificate
re-design resulting in demonstrable
in Higher Education.
improvement in information literacy skills
Having begun his teaching career in 1979, for 1500 students
Professor Angelo completed his doctorate at
Harvard in 1987 and has since spoken and • establishing an online chat service
consulted on teaching, assessment, and enabling students to seek help with
learning improvement in 20 countries and in information search questions from
more than 250 post-secondary institutions. wherever they are located.
For more information about the CTLC,
CHANGING LA TROBE
The structures, systems and culture of the University are vital enablers to
support the achievement of its core priorities. The organisational structures
of the University will be efficient, flexible and responsive.
During 2008 and 2009 the ICT Group TRANSFORMING THE WORKPLACE Developments in 2008 and 2009 include:
undertook a major review of its services and
La Trobe University is restructuring its • conducting the University-wide
achieved significant developments aimed at
Human Resources Division to better Staff Climate Survey to gain a clear
improving service delivery, including: understanding of staff perceptions
facilitate the achievement of its strategic
• consolidating existing faculty and of organisational functioning and the
goals by placing greater emphasis on
divisional IT functions into a single, overall performance of the University
workplace culture, leadership, strategy,
centrally coordinated ICT service • implementing an improved face-to-face
staff development and innovation.
• creating and staffing new client- staff induction program to complement
The renamed People and Culture
focussed teams the existing online program – the
Division is working in partnership with
program has been running successfully
• assuming responsibility for audio-visual the University’s faculties and divisions since mid-2009
(AV) support of all teaching spaces; to implement a more streamlined and
the Group has since conducted an strategic recruitment process, more • initiating the Heads of School
extensive maintenance and upgrade efficient performance management Leadership Program – a tailored
program including AV installation in 15 practices, more effective training and development program for Heads of
venues and four lecture theatres, and School enabling them to build on
professional development programs
building 60 Lectopia recording venues existing leadership capabilities and skills
including career and succession planning,
• rolling out a fibre optic network and a more client oriented service – • establishing an Organisational
linking the University’s campuses in providing timely and effective support to Development Unit to coordinate
Bundoora, Bendigo, Shepparton and La Trobe staff. a whole-of-University approach to
Albury-Wodonga. talent management, professional
development, leadership development,
performance management and
• developing a business partnership
model for the delivery of services to the
faculties and divisions.
Changing with La Trobe
Brigitte Carrucan (left) joined La Trobe University in July 2000. As part of the Administrative Change
Program, Ms Carrucan was recently appointed as the School Executive Officer for the School of
Economics and Finance, within the Faculty of Law and Management.
“The School’s administrative and operational functions were recast in June 2009 with the aim of
centralising support services - including finance, marketing and academic and student services -
at faculty-level,” said Ms Carrucan.
To date the restructure has involved a review of operations, the development of new centrally
coordinated administrative teams and the retraining of staff.
“The restructure has enabled me to further develop my career, and to expand my knowledge and
experience base. My new role is completely different to my previous one and I am continuing to
develop a new set of skills,” said Ms Carrucan.
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