COUNTRY UNIVERSITIES CENTRE COMES TO NORTH WEST
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and Member for Northern Tablelands and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall today announced the establishment of the Country Universities Centre Northwest campus which will see a campus located in Narrabri and Moree.
This arrangement, unique amongst the Country University Centre model, will see a supported learning network spread across two Shires, allowing greater access by students from a broader geographical reach.
“The Country Universities model allows mature students with families or those who work full time, the flexibility to study when it suits them in a supportive university-type environment. This is great news for everyone across the North West,” Mr Humphries said.
“Finally, we will get the additional facilities needed to keep and continue to develop talent in our community, eliminating a tough choice students have to face when it comes to having to relocate to complete a university degree.”
Mr Marshall said the North West is booming with opportunities for graduates, especially in areas like agriculture and plant science and the Country Universities Centre Northwest Campus will keep tertiary students in the region to help meet demand.
“This is a win-win for local students already toiling away on tertiary studies, for future students wanting to stay at home and study via distance and for our industries wanting to employ local, skilled workers,” Mr Marshall said.
“Now, our local students can get their degree with the backing they need from family and friends while continuing to enjoy the lifestyle of the Moree and Narrabri communities.”
“The NSW Government is committed to making tertiary education as accessible, rewarding and successful as possible for every student in NSW.”
Narrabri Shire Mayor Cathy Redding explained “This endorsement is a great boost for the burgeoning and diversified economies of the Narrabri Shire and Moree Plains. Both Councils recognise the opportunities the Country Universities Centre Northwest Campus will bring to our region.”
“The successful submission is a great example of what our two shires can achieve when working together on behalf of our communities.”
Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries continued “had we gone in separately, one or both of our Shires would have missed out, and improved tertiary education is critical to the economic and community development of both Shires. By banding together we gain the critical mass required to make the model work”.
“Our joint proposal recognises that both regions have high level industry expertise and community assets that can be leveraged to establish a two-campus model that provides students with access to hands-on real world experience and a respected tertiary qualification, in their home towns.”
CEO of Country Universities Centres, Duncan Taylor, said the support from the NSW Government is helping to break the boundaries regional students too often face in accessing and completing higher education courses.
“Our recently opened Country University Centres in Cooma, Broken Hill and Goulburn have already exceeded our enrolment expectations and are giving our students the opportunity to stay in their local communities while they study.
“Geography really is a key challenge faced by students when deciding whether to go to university or not. The Country Universities Centre North West Campus will fill a gap in the network we’re building to overcome this,” he said.
The Centre will open in early 2019 with the sponsorship of Narrabri Shire Council and Moree Plains Shire Council.