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MBA students contribute to economic development in Melbourne’s North

With more than eight years professional experience and at least three years in a management position, MBA students use their knowledge and expertise gained through business education to work as management consultants for La Trobe University’s Industry Partners and their affiliated organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s North.

Experiential Learning Project

The subject that facilitates students to work as management consultants is called Experiential Learning Project (BUA5ELP). Students enrolled in 2019 have contributed to the economic development in Melbourne’s North by:

  • Creating a new model for recruiting and training vocational education and training (VET) teachers for the Northern College of Arts and technology (NCAT).
  • Recommending strategies to improve young women’s access to investment opportunities for the Women’s Investment Network Forum (WIN).
  • Developing a growth strategy for the Carlton Respects program.
  • Presenting a comparative analysis and strategy options for Melbourne Innovation Centre.
  • Creating new job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to work in the digital economy.

The Experiential Learning Project was a crucial experience in my MBA journey. It gave me the opportunity to practically experience the inner workings of a SME and help the organisation resolve an identified business blockage. The consulting project helped me practically utilize my learnings from the MBA into a real business scenario. The ELP was an incredible learning opportunity that helped me get industry ready post the MBA.

Mahima Chaudhary (International MBA Advanced Student)

MBA Study Tour with NORTH Link

NORTH Link is a regional partnership of industry, education and government and one of Victoria’s key economic development organisations. As part of its interest in food security and reinventing the industrial focus of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, NORTH Link is facilitating new export markets for agricultural products and food manufacturing.

Supported by the La Trobe International and prestigious Chongqing University, this study tour invited MBA students to accompany the NORTH Link delegation on this important business venture to China.

Six MBA students learnt first-hand how businesses in Melbourne’s North are working together to develop new commercial opportunities for the region. Students expanded their knowledge of international trade in the Chinese market and built professional networks.

The MBA Study Tour with NORTH Link provided an opportunity for me to experience China and international trade like no other. Incredibly grateful to have been part of the delegation, receiving in-depth learning of culture, business interactions and opportunities within Chongqing and Chengdu. The friendships and networks made were invaluable and enhanced my MBA experience exponentially. 

Alana Pendrick (OnLine La Trobe MBA student)
The NORTH Link and La Trobe MBA Delegation at Chongqing University
The NORTH Link and La Trobe MBA Delegation at Chongqing University

What happens when an MBA student combines an Experiential Learning Project with an International Study Tour?

Bhrigu worked on a growth strategy and business plan for Juanita’s Kitchen, a food manufacturing business in Coburg. Then he seized the opportunity to take Juanita’s hot sauces and spices to the Sichuan province of China on an MBA-NORTH Link Business Study Tour.

Study Tour 2019 – China proved to be one of the best experience I have had during my MBA journey so far. It was one in the lifetime opportunity for me which helped me gain deep insights about China’s culture, history, city planning, local businesses and foreign trade by being a part of a prestige delegation from Melbourne’s North which included NORTH Link and prominent government officials. Moreover, it opened pathways for networking and helped me in making some precious business networks and friends. I would like to thank the MBA Director, Dr Geraldine Kennett for providing MBA students with this wonderful opportunity which significantly and undoubtedly added value to our degree.

Bhrigu Dutt Sharma (MBA Student)

LBS Rises through the Global Ranks

The first half of 2019 has not only seen LBS receiving its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation but also saw us soar in some of the most important global rankings.

According to Times Higher Education (known for their THE World University Rankings) there are at least 20,000 higher education institutions in the world. Being ranked by university or subject in the top 1000 means belonging to the top 5% in the world (THE, 2018).


The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is “the most widely used annual ranking of the world’s research universities” (The Economist cited in Downing & Ganotice Jr, 2017, p. 97).

Last week, ARWU ranked La Trobe Business School in the top 45 for Hospitality and Tourism Management (2019), in the top 400 for Business Administration (2019) and in the top 500 for Economics (2019) worldwide.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

LBS’ Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality) program has been developed over the last 15 years to meet the needs of graduate student employability, industry standards and university requirements.

Besides AACSB, the Hospitality and Tourism Management program is also accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) through the prestigious EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS). Moreover, it has three other qualifications embedded: Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), Responsible Service of Food (RSF, also known as Principles of Hygiene) and Galileo certification by Travelport – a leading industry-based travel agent group.

Business Newsroom asked Paul Strickland (Program Director – Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management) about the outstanding ARWU result for Hospitality and Tourism Management:

In the first year, students have a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component in which they are trained and gain work experience at Mantra Bell City in Preston. This generally leads to employment in the hospitality sector immediately. Students then progress through second year and the 3rd year capstone subjects is Tourism and Hospitality Simulation where students form teams and simulate operating a hotel at senior management level.

The program also supports industry networking events, volunteering and career progression opportunities such as international study tours, exchanges and short programs. The New Colombo Plan funding has been a successful enhancement to assist students to achieve their goals and internationalise the program.

Also our research is embedded into the program. Numerous research books and texts have been developed by staff members and used in teaching globally. All these types of activities, working with industry and quality of research have contributed to our international rankings.

Paul Strickland (Program Director – Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management)

ARWU Methodology

In order to be ranked by ARWU, the university must have Nobel Laureates, Highly Cited Researchers or papers published in Nature or Science. Amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included together with per capita academic performance. This leads to a total of 1200 universities of which the best 500 are being published.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019 Hospitality & Tourism Management

QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings, compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, announced last week that La Trobe Business School’s Online MBA climbed 12 places to being number 32 in the world & number 3 in Australia in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings (2019).

Dr Geraldine Kennett (La Trobe MBA Director) was interviewed by MBA News where she mentioned:

The strong improvement in the ranking over the last 12 months reflects an overhaul of the program and aligning more strongly to industry via its partners, including the Australian Ballet, National Gallery of Victoria, NORTH Link and the Melbourne Innovation Centre.

The MBA also underwent a comprehensive refresh recently and provides not only more relevant content, but also a range of options for delivery such as of face to face class options for online students so they have the opportunity to be part of the on-campus experience, meet colleagues and engage with lecturers.

Dr Geraldine Kennett (La Trobe MBA Director)

QS Methodology

Instead of focusing mainly on research outputs like ARWU, QS World University Rankings puts emphasis on a university’s reputation, from both an academic and employer perspective. They use six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio (Downing & Ganotice Jr, 2017).

QS Online MBA Rankings 2019

Find out more information about our Bachelor of Business (Tourism & Hospitality) or La Trobe MBA.

- Downing, K. & Ganotice Jr, F.A. (2017). World University Rankings and the Future of Higher Education. IGI Global. 
- MBA News (2019). Australian Online MBAs Score Global Top 50 Rankings in 2019. [link]

La Trobe MBA – Practical consulting skills for the future

La Trobe’s MBA students gain practical experience, deeper perspectives on business challenges and valuable contacts through a new subject that was launched in July 2018.

The Business School worked with local economic development organisation NORTH Link and other partners to identify businesses in Melbourne’s north that would benefit from a semester-long MBA consultancy. The result was a broad range of projects that will make a positive impact and directly benefit priority industry sectors in the region.

Dr Geraldine Kennett, MBA director and subject coordinator, explained that the subject has a positive impact on both students and businesses.

“Companies in our region get real assistance in solving a business challenge, which contributes to local economic development. At the same time, our MBA students use their expertise to gain real-world consultancy experience, with individual mentoring from their lecturers throughout the project. It’s a genuine win–win.”



MBA student Abdul Majeed Mohammed undertook a consultancy with the Brunswick Business Incubator (BBI), which provides premises, advice, services and support to new and emerging businesses. His client needed a marketing campaign. Abdul worked on the premises one day a week, got to know the tenant businesses and produced a detailed report that included recommendations on how BBI could remain self-sustainable in the future.



“The project gave me a unique opportunity, because you don’t normally get to do an internship in consulting. People don’t open their business to you so you can practise,” said Abdul.

“With this subject I learned a lot – how to write a consulting report was a challenge at first – and I learned how to operate on a tight timeline.Ultimately, I hope my recommendations help the incubator to succeed and grow long term. The subject was definitely a great experience.”

Abdul was invited to present his report to the BBI Board of Directors, leading to him making valuable contacts in his career field.

This new subject is a great example of how the La Trobe MBA assists students to accelerate their careers through a practical, industry-focused approach.

ASSC Professional Staff Awards-LBS success


On 12 December 2016, ASSC presented its professional staff awards in a ceremony held at La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus.

These awards recognise the contributions of individual university professional staff members or teams of co-workers in the College, who have excelled in the performance of their duties, made outstanding contributions and inspired other members of the College community.

Across all categories, the university looks for nominations that demonstrate La Trobe’s cultural qualities of connected, innovative, accountable and care.

This year, several LBS staff members were nominated or awarded:

  • Winner of Collaboration award: Dr Kylie White: Dr Kylie White is part of the Curriculum projects team.
  • Winner of the ‘Innovation’ award: Donna Burnett: Donna Burnett is School Manager for La Trobe Business School. She won the innovation award, awarded to the staff member who develops new ideas or processes, or improves existing processes.
  • Winner of the ‘Unsung Hero’ award: Adam Heron: Adam Heron is a Senior Administration Officer (Accreditation) at La Trobe Business School. This award is presented to the staff member who provides exemplary service from behind the scenes.
  • Winner of the ‘Workplace Culture’ award: Donna Burnett. This award is presented to a staff member who contributes to a positive and healthy work environment.
  • Special Commendation for the ‘Extra Mile’ award: Dr Kylie White. This award is given to the staff member who goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.
  • Nominated for Collaboration award: MBA Team: The MBA team, consisting of LBS’s Belinda Westerlo, along with Hayley May and Kristy Lillyst, were nominated in the Collaboration category. This award goes to the staff member(s) who work collegially with and advocates for colleagues in or outside of the College.

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