Asian Correspondent » La Trobe University Asian Correspondent Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 La Trobe University embraces Earth Hour Tue, 23 Mar 2010 04:55:13 +0000

Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm will see La Trobe turn off the lights as part of this year’s World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour.

La Trobe’s registration marks the third year it has taken part since 2.2 million people turned off their lights in Sydney for the inaugural Earth Hour in 2007.

In 2009 millions of people from over 4,000 different towns in 88 countries took part in ‘switching off’ famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and at Buckingham Palace.

What do you think about Earth Hour?

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The Australian Football League (AFL) goes to China Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:33:59 +0000

International students across Victoria will be given an opportunity to experience Australian Football through a unique ticket offer announced by the Australian Football League (AFL).

The AFL, in partnership with La Trobe University and Monash University, will make 5000 tickets available to international students for the Melbourne-Brisbane game at the MCG on April 24.

Melbourne and Brisbane will also play the first AFL game in China later this year, battling it out for the Kaspersky AFL Cup (otherwise known as the `Shanghai Showdown’) at Jiangwan Sports Centre in Shanghai on October 17.

“La Trobe is delighted to be part of this is a tremendous initiative, which is introducing international students to our unique Aussie footy culture and enriching their educational experience,” said Professor John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor International and Future Students.

Will you go to watch the Shanghai Showdown?

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Celebrating exchange with India Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:10:43 +0000

La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus in Bundoora will play host in the coming days to India Celebration Week (15 – 18 March).

“Our goal is to display the tremendous vibrancy of India’s extraordinary culture and to encourage La Trobe students to consider studying at three Indian universities where we have an ongoing relationship,” said Professor John Rosenberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor, International and Future Students.

La Trobe provides a number of generous scholarships to assist students wishing to study abroad and Professor Rosenberg urged those interested in applying to attend the festivities where they would find more information.

Throughout the week, Indian culture will be on show in the Agora, the University’s bustling hive of student activity, where numerous free events for students and the public will be on offer. Activities include Indian dance shows, a street food stand, a Bollywood movie night and a henna art display, a form of natural skin art that has been used in India for 5000 years. 

“These festivities, while being fun in themselves will also highlight just some of the amazing talents of our Indian student community of more than a 1000 students,” said Professor Rosenberg.

La Trobe’s Manager of the Study Abroad Program, Dawn Koban, hopes the festivities will encourage students to look seriously at the option of studying in India during their time at La Trobe.

“This is an ideal time to consider studying in India,” said Ms Koban.

“We have exchange relations with three leading institutions in India: Lady Sri Ram college (Uni of New Delhi), SRM University Jain University, and we offer support and scholarships for La Trobe students,” she said.

The India Celebration week commences today, Monday 15 March. Information for students interested at studying abroad can be found at

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Citizen journalists to tweet election campaign Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:06:23 +0000

The political pulse of the nation can now be tracked in real-time as La Trobe University has developed a website which enables the public to report on the upcoming federal election campaign using Twitter.

The site, called A Nation Tweeting to Itself, combines Twitter and Google Maps to plot ‘tweets’ on a map of Australia.

La Trobe University journalism researcher Dr Christopher Scanlon has developed the site as an experiment to see how citizen journalism affects the election campaign.

“Twitter is becoming increasingly significant in reporting news and influencing public debate. This is an experiment to see what can happen if people have a tweet their news,” Dr Scanlon said.

“If you’re in a shopping centre and see a pollie campaigning, you can tweet a message or take a photo on your mobile phone and it will appear on the site and your location will be plotted on a map of Australia.

“It will be interesting to track how issues are presented and received in different parts of the country, if the hot topics tweeted by citizen journalists are different from the issues reported in the mainstream media, and how the political parties react to this new way for the public to engage in the political process,” said Dr Scanlon.

Dr Scanlon developed the idea for the site after seeing how Twitter was used in the disputes that followed the 2009 election in Iran. Protesters used the hashtag ‘#iranelection’ to share information and images about the protests that followed the election.

“The Iranian elections were a turning point for Twitter, which up till then had been dismissed by many — including me — as a novelty”, said Dr Scanlon.

The web address of A Nation Tweeting to Itself is Anyone with a Twitter account can participate by including ‘#ozelection’ and their postcode in the tweet. For example, a tweet from Melbourne CBD would therefore contain: #ozelection 3000.

A Nation Tweeting to Itself is part the latest project developed through Upstart, which was launched in June 2009 as a platform for emerging journalists in Australia.

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iPod touch for La Trobe education students Thu, 11 Mar 2010 03:03:48 +0000

Top class learning resources are now never out of reach for 88 La Trobe students in Shepparton who will receive an iPod Touch to assist them with their studies.

The students, from the La Trobe University Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) at the Shepparton campus will receive an Apple iPod Touch as an integral part of their course in 2010.

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Twitter in the classroom? Wed, 03 Mar 2010 05:18:28 +0000

In this age of social media, how do we utilise it in the classroom?

Well one suggestion to overcome lack of participation is to allow Twitter to be used to broaden participation in lectures.

So, what are your thoughts? Would this help students who often aren’t heard? Or would it create more barriers between students and staff?

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La Trobe wins social media silver Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:58:23 +0000


We all know that social media is the latest craze, but how do students use it to connect with a university?

At La Trobe we like to connect with students on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. And we’ve recently won a silver medal at the Web 2.0 College Olympics for our use of social media (the only non-US university in the top 50).

But does this really work? Let me know how you’d like us to connect with you.


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