A trilingual “no” to La Trobe U  

LT U proposes “a cessation” of Hindi, Greek and Indonesian studies because “market demand and student enrolments have been consistently low for several years”

Cue outrage from supporters of Greek studies, with a loud community campaign, pointing to the importance of the language.

Advocates of Indonesian make the point that Australia needs speakers of the language of our nearest large neighbour. Lt U’s Bahasa Indonesia Students Association warns out 22 universities taught the language in 1992 and only 14 do now.

The Hindi no-speak made SBS, which is not great for LT U given its high-recognition of matters Indian. When the university gave film star Shah Rukh Khan an hon doc they had to set up an OB to cope with the crowds who wanted to watch the ceremony (CMM July 17 2019).