While we celebrate the past and what has been achieved in our 50 years, it is just as important that we also look forward to the next 50 years and ensure La Trobe University will continue to make a difference.
The University’s strategic plan for 2013–2017 Future Ready spells out a clear bold vision for the University. It maps a course that is returning La Trobe to its radical beginnings, with a destination that is reinterpreted and refreshed for a modern context.
Times have drastically changed since the University’s creation and the manner in which we play our part in the world has changed with them. There are many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for La Trobe.
Melbourne’s northern suburbs continue to be transformed by population expansion and rising demand for higher education. All the regions of Victoria we serve face new and emerging challenges as a result of structural changes in national and global economies, along with environmental and social challenges.
Our students have greater choice than ever before, and they expect a high quality educational experience, together with an engaging, relevant and flexible curriculum.
There are many issues facing our society, and to which our courses and research must respond. They include:
- climate change,
- the ageing of our population,
- the rise of Asia’s relevance and influence,
- the revolution in the medical sciences, and
- the resilience of societies in the face of rapid change.
Our history equips us with the appropriate formula for success in such a changing environment. Our geography, ethos and academic strengths can be the starting points for an even livelier and stronger La Trobe that retains its relevance and remains true to its ideals in another 50 years from now.
Our objectives for 2017
Excellence in the key world issues
La Trobe will be a university known for its excellence, creativity and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time, and for its enthusiasm in providing the leadership needed to make a difference.
We will lay claim to selected areas of teaching and research which address issues fundamental to the future of human societies and their environments. In such areas we will be amongst the best in the world and will attract outstanding partners to work with us.
In the tradition of great campus universities, we will improve our attractiveness to creative and independent thinkers from diverse walks of life, cultures and backgrounds, including those with a passion for challenging the status quo and driving change.
La Trobe students will choose us because we are at the centre of important social, economic, environmental, political and scientific developments because:
- we respect them as partners in their learning;
- we are flexible and innovative in our modes of delivery; and
- we equip them with an identifiably modern, globally relevant education, and send them out to be successful and to make the world a better place.
Our staff will be highly skilled and motivated, creative and ground-breaking, willing to act and be held accountable for results. They will be people who pursue new ideas and who want to create knowledge afresh. They will be recognised for high performance and expect high performance from those around them.
We will make La Trobe an attractive place for early career academics and professional staff, and career changers with exceptional industry knowledge to build their careers.
We will provide staff with the support, rewards and flexibility they need to excel. Risk-taking, creativity and innovation in teaching and research will be supported and encouraged.
Lively connected campuses
Our campuses will be beacons of research, learning, cultural and sporting activities that make their communities richer for La Trobe’s presence. We will provide leadership in the development of Melbourne’s north and Victoria’s regions, and turn our campuses outwards to better engage with their communities.
Game changing partners
Our external partnerships will transform our capacity as a teaching and research university. We will be distinctive for the quality and depth of the external partnerships that enrich our work, transform our capacity, advance our partners’ objectives, and open up opportunities to help solve the fundamental challenges of the day.
National and international ranking
We will regain our place as one of Australia’s top twelve universities, improve our current ranking in the world’s ‘Top 500’, and reclaim our place as unambiguously one of the top-three ranked Victorian universities.
Sustainable and ethical
We will continually enhance our intellectual, physical and financial resources so that future generations of scholars and students can continue the advancement of knowledge for the public good.