History, Affiliations and Rankings
The Victorian Parliament enacted the La Trobe University Act on December 9, 1964, and the institution was established in Melbourne, Australia. The Victorian Parliament approved an Act to create La Trobe University in 1853, after the creation of the University of Melbourne (1853) and Monash University (1958). With about 500 students, classes began at the Bundoora site in the first semester of that year. The school-based and college structure of La Trobe set it apart from other Australian universities. La Trobe concentrated entirely on Liberal Arts and Science until the late 1980s. The Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences and La Trobe merged in 1987. After the government purchased the facility in 1966, it was renamed the Lincoln Institute, and its legal constitution was created in December 1972. The University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which is the world's highest level for business schools. The QS Top Universities World University Rankings 2022 and THE World University Rankings 2022 have ranked the institution at joint #362 and between #201-250 respectively. Furthermore, La Trobe is also a part of the US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings 2022 where it has a global rank of #330.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The university's seven campuses across the states of Victoria and New South Wales showcase the best of Australia. Students can study in one of the country's main cities or in a more tranquil rural environment, depending on their chosen course and desired lifestyle. At each campus, students will be well placed to see an Australian icon – whether it's the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Flinders Street Station or a kangaroo. La Trobe University is known for its well-designed research programmes and has the title of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). It attracts students from all over the world for its well-designed programmes aimed at obtaining higher education degrees since it is one of the most well-recognised research centres. The institution provides a plethora of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a variety of disciplines like IT and Engineering, Law, Management, Business and Commerce, Arts, Social Sciences and Communications, etc., that don’t fail to astound the international students.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Employers rank La Trobe University number one among Victorian universities and sixth nationwide in terms of competencies. The institution is among the top 50 universities in Asia-Pacific in terms of graduate employment, with an employability rate of 86.6%. La Trobe is regarded as one of Australia's pioneering universities, with a reputation for academic brilliance and research accomplishments. The institution is also among the top 1% of universities in the world for its outstanding career-ready curriculum, which develops the professional skills that employers need. Students who graduate from La Trobe are members of a worldwide network of almost 230,000 graduates! There are various ways for people to get involved, no matter where they are in the globe, from attending events to joining a chapter, organizing a reunion, or offering their time as a mentor. Some of the notable alumni of the institution include Pamela Snow (speech and language therapist), Bob Morley (actor), Daniel Arzani (footballer), Virginia Trioli (journalist), Tim Flannery (Australian palaeontologist) and more.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
La Trobe encourages student diversity at its campus by promoting the active enrollment of international students every year. Through its curriculum design, it prepares students for a career in the respective field of their choice. The university is home to nearly 37,000 students, including 8,000 foreign students from China, India, Singapore, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. In other words, around 39% of the total student population belongs to international students. Having said that, the student to faculty ratio is around 33.8. Also, the university houses 60% female students and 40% male students. In the past, La Trobe University students have undertaken work placements with companies such as the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, VickTrack, Centorrin Technologies, Bendigo Bank, The Life Sciences Computation Centre, etc.