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Online MBA is Australia’s best

La Trobe University’s online Master of Business Administration has been rated the best in Australia by the United Kingdom’s CEO Magazine.

La Trobe’s online MBA was ranked number nine in the world in the widely-respected magazine’s 2017 Global MBA Rankings.

“We are delighted to see La Trobe’s Online MBA program getting the recognition that it rightly deserves,” said Dr Andrew O’Loughlin, the MBA Director at La Trobe University. “The MBA team have worked extremely hard and it is testament to their commitment and hard work that such a new program has been recognised.”

CEO Magazine uses a ranking system entirely geared and weighted to fact-based criteria which, it says, ‘cuts through the noise and provides potential students with a performance benchmark’.

La Trobe’s online MBA can be completed within 12 months from anywhere in the world.

“Our subjects are carefully and specifically designed to facilitate online learning,” said Dr Susan Keller, the MBA Deputy Director at La Trobe. “We do recognise that online learning requires a different style of engagement.

“We have excellent facilitators with industry experience. Live interactive sessions each week add to the richness of the educational experience.”

The recognition for the online MBA from the magazine follows hot on the heels of it featuring in the QS World University Rankings for the first time.

Further to these rankings, La Trobe’s online MBA offers two additional educational experiences. “Our Capstone Boardroom Simulation provides an opportunity for students to illustrate learning in a ‘real-life’ boardroom situation. It is designed to challenge, stretch and validate the students’ learning experience,” said Dr Keller. “While our MBA Career Development Portfolio, facilitated by an industry career consultant, helps students develop and profile their career and leadership skills.”

Details of La Trobe’s top-ranked online MBA are available here.

LBS Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten publishes “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Smart Cities”

Recently, LBS Associate Professor Vanessa Ratten published a new book titled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Smart Cities.”

The book aims to examine the role that innovation has in creating smart cities by focusing on issues such as public transport, use of energy efficiency and sustainability practices. It helps to shed understanding on how cities have become smarter in the way they handle increased migration to urban and rural areas and decrease the strain on public finances.

The work received several positive reviews from prestigious institutions:

‘There is a huge amount of confusion and hyperbole concerning the idea of a ‘smart city’ with the human element often entirely overlooked in favour of infrastructure and hardware models. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Smart Cities takes a sweeping tour through an extensive range of literatures that help to clarify the processes and dynamics of social smart cities. Vanessa Ratten has authored a formidable compendium of material that provides a thorough overview of the way that current concepts of smartness are being applied in contemporary cities. The book is an essential starting point for any academic, practitioner or policy-maker who wants to better understand the role of humans in making smart social cities.’ — Dr Paul Benneworth, University of Twente, The Netherlands

‘Policy and business leaders have been debating the merits of smart cities. This pathbreaking book paves the way in understanding why smart cities are so important and strategies to create smart cities.’ — David B. Audretsch, Distinguished Professor, Indiana University

‘This book provides an excellent opportunity to discuss, from different perspectives, the development of cities, under the contemporaneous paradigm of smart cities.

There are a number of issues, associated to the debate over smart cities, such as innovation, economic development, social inclusion, and education, among others. Such dimensions are explored in the book, providing the opportunity to a deep exploration of the different perspectives of smart cities.’ — Vitor Braga, Associate Professor and Head of the Business Sciences Department, Polytechnic of Porto

A copy of the book can be ordered, here.

La Trobe subjects among global elite

La Trobe University has cemented its position amongst the world’s top institutions in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

La Trobe now ranks alongside the world’s elite in almost half of the subjects assessed – an increase of 25 per cent from last year.

Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on research impact, as well as academic and employer reputation.

La Trobe’s now ranks in the top 50 (50th) globally and sixth nationally in the new QS category of Hospitality and Leisure Management. This is due to the academics linked to the University’s Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality), which has established connections to major players in the tourism, hospitality and events industry, as well as  world-class research.

Another four subject areas ranked in the world top 100:

  • Archaeology (5th nationally)
  • Nursing (11th nationally)
  • Sociology (7th nationally) and
  • Sports-related subjects (7th nationally)

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed the rankings, which were released the same day the University celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“This is more proof of La Trobe’s long-standing international reputation, the strength of our teaching and research, plus the recognised calibre and employability of our graduates,” Professor Dewar said.

“Overall our academic reputation has improved in about three-quarters of the ranked subjects – which is a clear reflection of the outstanding work, dedication and expertise of our staff,” Professor Dewar said.

Other subjects to feature in the top 400 include: History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Agriculture & Forestry, Psychology, Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies, Education, Law, English Language & English Literature, Modern Languages, Biological Sciences, Business & Management Studies, Economics & Econometrics and Computer Science & Information Systems.

How our expanded City Campus helps you succeed

By Kelly Griffin

Our expanded City Campus offers you greater learning opportunities and access to our premium concierge and Career-Ready Advantage services.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District, our updated state-of-the-art facilities and services are tailored to help you accelerate your career.

Location, location & flexible study options

Our City Campus is conveniently located on Collins Street to meet the needs of busy, working professionals. As many of our City Campus courses offer study options outside regular working hours, you can fit your study around full-time or part-time work without having to leave the CBD.

Flexible study options in the city centre are just one way our City Campus helps you succeed.

New teaching and learning spaces

In addition to occupying level 20 of the prestigious 360 Collins Street building, our City Campus now extends over levels 2 and 3 to offer you a variety of new and innovative teaching and collaborative learning spaces.

Premium Concierge & support services

At our City Campus, our dedicated Concierge team will be your first touchpoint for all postgraduate student enquiries.

Our Ask La Trobe team will now be available at the City Campus to answer questions about study and student life face to face.

These dedicated support services reflect the University’s commitment to ensuring our students receive the assistance they need in a timely manner.

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Greater course options

We’ve increased our City Campus postgraduate program offerings to meet the demands of business professionals. Choose from our comprehensive suite of Master’s programs including the award-winning La Trobe MBA.

Many courses are available for intensive ‘block mode’ study as well as options for study outside normal working hours.

Career Ready Advantage

As part of Career Ready Advantage, there will be support opportunities and workshops at the city campus for all students during the year. Career Ready Advantage is a program that helps you build your skills, manage your career, track and assess your progress, unlock rewards and build your portfolio, so that when you complete your course, you’re ready to hit the ground running.

To find out more about how our City Campus can off you the flexibility you need to accelerate your career, register for a one-on-one consultation and speak with one of our postgraduate course specialists.

This post was orginally published on the La Trobe University Knowledge Blog.

 

MBA student Travis Lovett wins the Institute of Public Administration Australian (Victoria Division) Young Indigenous Leader Scholarship.

By Geraldine Kennett

Travis Lovett completed his Graduate Diploma in Management (Public Sector) in 2016 and is currently undertaking an MBA with La Trobe Business School (LBS).
Travis joined the Victorian Public Service in 2008, following experience working with Aboriginal community organisations including the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

His first public service role was with the Department of Justice in the Koori Justice Unit where he was instrumental in boosting the Aboriginal workforce of the justice department. In 2012, he was appointed Manager of the Koori Courts in Court Services Victoria where he had policy leadership and oversight of the operation of the Koori Courts.

Travis’s attainment of his LBS Graduate Diploma in Management (Public Sector) supported his appointment to a senior executive role in 2016 with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning where he assists in developing Water for Victoria, the government’s new long-term direction for managing Victoria’s precious water resources. The Water Plan recognises the values that water has for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, and commits the water sector to support Aboriginal participation in Victorian water planning and management frameworks through consultative structures that address the rights and interests of Victoria’s Traditional Owners. Travis is playing a key role in ensuring that the department’s engagement with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities supports the water plan’s objectives.

As Manager, Koori Courts, Travis demonstrated his ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders to address a challenging set of issues. Travis’ ability to work with each stakeholder group ensures they have input into the design and operation of the initiative was a key part of the initiative’s success. An independent evaluation found that the Koori Court has better engagement within the justice system for Aboriginal Victorians, helping offenders to address the causes of their offending and helping prevent re-offending.

Travis has actively participated in a mentoring relationship with a senior executive, and provided strong professional and cultural support to other Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff. He has been identified as having strong executive potential in the Victorian Public Service. His personal and professional qualities demonstrate a willingness and potential to take full advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by the scholarship. Travis shows initiative in his work, and extends himself above and beyond his ‘position description’ to contribute to the organisations he works with – offering constructive ideas and following through. His ambition is matched by his potential. Travis’ further studies (Masters of Business Administration at La Trobe University, 2014-2017) demonstrate his intellectual capability, his curiosity, and his commitment to professional development.

Regional brain drain worsens

An Australian-first study has revealed regional students across every state and territory are turning to metropolitan universities at an unprecedented rate.

The new study, funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University, and led by La Trobe University researchers, LBS’s Dr Buly Cardak and Matt Brett and Dr Mark Bowden of Swinburne University, shows the number of regional students across Australia moving to a city location to study increased by more than 76% between 2008 and 2014.

“We found the growth in regional students relocating to metropolitan universities far outstrips growth of regional students taking up higher education places in either their home town or another regional location. However, regional students studying in regional locations are still a majority, and are attracted to a small number of larger regional centres,” La Trobe Business School’s Associate Professor Buly Cardak said.

“This growth was particularly strong with more flexible modes of study. We found mature aged students, students with disabilities, or those wanting to study part-time are increasingly turning to city campuses.”

The researchers used enrollment data drawn from the Department of Education and Training from 2008-2014 which uniquely classifies students as regional based on their residential location when they started university.

“Previous information only accounted for students’ current home addresses. Using this new information we can see that the number of regional students enrolling in university has grown by almost 39% over this period.”

“This is in stark comparison to the conventional wisdom based on existing data, which shows the growth rate in regional student numbers is slightly lower than the rate of growth in metropolitan student numbers”

The report also indicated that regional students likely to face financial constraints are no less likely to attend university, and are instead displaying a greater likelihood of graduation.

“Our findings turn a lot of commonly held perceptions about regional students on their head, and is likely to have significant implications for the sector.”

“For example, how might the Government prioritise funding allocations, now that we know an increasing number of regional students are instead choosing metropolitan campuses? Do they invest more in the city, providing infrastructure and support for migrating students or do they increase incentives for students to stay in or return to regional locations where skilled graduates are in short supply?”

NCSEHE Director Professor Sue Trinidad said the report offers a new perspective on regional participation and paves the way for future discussion and policy advancements.

“The findings of this report are positive. It provides an evidence base for what is really happening with regional students accessing higher education. The issue now is the challenge of attracting graduates back to our regional areas, and the associated policy implications,” Professor Trinidad said.

The report, Regional student Participation and Migration, is available from the NCSEHE website.

Editor’s note:

The NCSEHE aims to inform public policy design and implementation and institutional practice to improve the higher education participation and success for marginalised and disadvantaged people.

La Trobe University is Victoria’s third oldest University. Established in 1971 it is now firmly entrenched in the world’s top 400 universities. It currently has more than 36,000 students and is the largest provider of higher education in regional Victoria.

 

LBS Professor of Practice Antony Jacobson: “My business philosophy has always been to think 51% with your heart, and 49% with your brain.”

As one of the Professors of Practice appointed by La Trobe Business School, after it introduced this concept as one of the first universities to do so in Australia, Antony Jacobson has plenty of international experience to bring to the table.

Hailed as an innovator and global success-story, Antony Jacobson is an Australian entrepreneur who seizes an opportunity when he sees it. In the early 2000’s, Antony Jacobson started Tibet Authentic, the company that popularised Goji berries globally and presented one of the first foods to the global market that would later become part of the global ‘Superfoods’-trend.

Although always contemplating his next entrepreneurial venture, Antony says “I wasn’t looking to revolutionize the global health food market at the time, I had been running my own franchise and licensing business in Melbourne and globally, and I could feel that I was overworked. That’s why I decided to travel to Tibet, in the Himalayas”. When Antony Jacobson arrived in Tibet, one of the things that he was captivated by were Goji berries. “While I was living in the Tibetan mountains, I saw women and children eating these little wild pink berries, and smearing them on their skin and hair as well. I wondered about the effects of this, since the lifespan of people living there seems to be a lot greater than the lifespan of people living in the West.”

After doing some research, he discovered that these fruits were Goji berries, and that they can have an enormous positive impact on things like healthy skin and hair, as well as being a valuable source of vitamins and minerals for anyone consuming them.

“Seeing the huge effect these berries had on people living in Tibet, I was keen to share these fruits with the rest of the world,” Antony says. “If you pilot a good business idea, the idea needs to be rational and profitable sure, but most importantly, it should also make a positive impact on the community around you.”

Antony approached the Tibet government about setting up a framework to produce berries, making sure that the country would benefit from exporting Goji berries as well. Soon after, he was selling authentic Tibetan Goji berries on a global market, with prestigious stockists and stores in Australia and countries such as the UK, USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The brand Antony set up received enormous international press and was hailed as a true pioneer of the global superfruits market, now a billion dollar industry.

Aside from setting up successful global businesses, Antony Jacobson has commercialised significant technology and internet related intellectual property like breakingnews.com.au. Having seen the potential in the early nineties, with the rise of the internet, Antony decided to secure significant internet related domains and I.P that are worth significant amounts today. “I’ve always been an avid fan of technology. When the internet was developed, I saw the potential in it as a huge communication tool, which made me secure intellectual property back in the early 1990’s, like breakingnews.com.au, Breakingnews.eu and many others.”

When asked whether he has any tips for beginning entrepreneurs, Antony’s passionate nature shines through: “Be bold, take risks, but do so in an intelligent informed manner, use you passionate heart and intelligent mind in all that you do.” Antony says “If you believe, you can achieve. I have also strived to always make the community a factor in my decision-making process. Because of this, I was attracted to the position at La Trobe Business School: the values La Trobe Business School holds when it comes to community and sustainability, align closely with my own perspective on what constitutes a good entrepreneur,” Antony says. “After all, my business philosophy has always been to think 51% with your heart, and 49% with your brain.”

Dr Sajad Fayezi receives La Trobe Social Research Assistance Platform Grant

Dr Sajad Fayezi has recently received a La Trobe Social Research Assistance Platform Grant to the value of $9,199.14. This grant is given out by La Trobe University’s Office of Research Infrastructure.

The La Trobe Social Research Assistance Platform provides individual researchers and teams who are engaged in research projects with specific and specialised research support to facilitate effective completion. The Platform’s Grants aim to optimise the use of research infrastructure, accelerate research outcomes and in turn, enhance the University’s capacity to engage with industry and build research collaborations.

Successful grant applicants will have access to:

  • a manager who will identify and arrange appropriate sessional or contract personnel to provide research support in a timely manner,
  • a needs-assessed grant to cover costs relating to the payment and travel expenses of research assistants.

Dr Sajad Fajezi received the grant for his project titled ‘Assessing Agency Theory: After 40 Years, Lost in the Wilderness or Promising Integrated Theory’. This project is an international collaboration with researchers from University of Pittsburgh and University of Minnesota. The La Trobe Social Research Assistance Platform Grants optimise the use of research infrastructure, accelerate research outcomes and enhance the University’s capacity to engage with industry and build research collaborations.

La Trobe Business School Enrichment and Advancement workshop

By Suzanne O’Keefe

What does the ideal lecturer look like? What important attributes and skills does she possess? How does he motivate and engage students?   Around 60 LBS teaching staff- continuing and sessional, engaged with these questions at a workshop run by Dr Phil Kim from Babson College, Boston on 5th and 6th December.

Babson College is a global authority in entrepreneurship education and aspires to increase an institution’s capacity and capability to deliver high-quality, action-based learning. Their Professional Development is anchored by Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action framework, which seeks to empower staff to embrace a mindset for experimentation and constant pedagogical innovation in their own professional development.

In the LEAP workshop, participants built a prototype of the ideal lecturer and spent two days examining various ways to improve student engagement in our classrooms.  This involved understanding the challenges we face in our classes, and then working on techniques to improve the learning outcomes for our students.  The workshop was very fast paced and hands on, with participants working in small groups on various challenges.  Dr Kim was a very skilled facilitator who kept us all engaged.  It was particularly refreshing for continuing to work with our sessional and teaching team colleagues to be able to work together in this learning environment.  As a result, many participants are now working to include some of the innovations into their teaching in 2017.

Happy Holidays from La Trobe Business School!

 

La Trobe Business School wishes everyone a wonderful 2017! The Business Newsroom will be back in January to bring you latest news from our School.

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