New students Oscar McGraw and Gabriella Hill.
Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

This week is O-Week, with more than 1100 new Bendigo La Trobe students set to see in the 2019 academic year.

The festivities started on Tuesday with a civic welcome, market day and lunch on Kilmartin Court deck, and was followed by three days of tours and information sessions to equip students with the knowledge they’ll need to begin their courses next week.

Head of campus Robert Stephenson said this was an exciting time for students to be embarking on tertiary studies in Bendigo.

“This year we will complete our $50 million campus redevelopment project, creating new opportunities for students studying engineering, science and technology, as well as those from all disciplines to enjoy modernised facilities, and a spacious new library and learning hub,” he said.

Twelve aspiring rural doctors, enrolled in La Trobe’s new Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), are among the first-year students who have recently arrived on campus.

Course coordinator Cristina Keightley, said she was pleased to be welcoming the brand new cohort of students to Bendigo.

“This is the start of a long, challenging and rewarding journey for these students, as they begin their seven years of training to become rural doctors,” Dr Keightley said.