Goulburn University Centre proposal underway

Work is underway behind the scenes on the proposal for a Goulburn University Centre, which would allow students from the Goulburn Mulwaree region and surrounds to undertake higher education studies closer to home.

Over the weekend the NSW Government announced $8 million in funding for the expansion of the Country University Centre model. This model is based upon the already successful Cooma University Centre (CUC), which was established in 2013, and has provided facilities and services for more than 175 students undertaking tertiary study.

As of 2011, 9.2% of Goulburn Mulwaree residents aged over 18 had a Bachelor Degree or higher, in comparison with the Regional NSW average of 12.4%.

Chair of the Goulburn University Centre Steering Committee, Guy Milson, said the establishment of a centre in Goulburn could help close the gap between Goulburn and the Regional NSW average.

“The establishment of this facility would allow people in Goulburn the opportunity to live at home, close to the support networks of family and friends, while undertaking tertiary studies. Moving away from home to study isn’t for everyone, and we want to create a space that will make Higher Education an option for these people.”

“We believe the centre will be well utilised by school leavers who wish to study without having to move to the city, but also by mature age students who can now take the chance to further their education within their hometown.”

Bob Kirk, Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree, has been involved in pushing the proposal along from the beginning. “The committee has a clear goal for a 2018 opening date. The centre would provide high-speed internet, video conferencing, tutorial rooms and computer and printing equipment as well as a university feel that will encourage learning.”

“We are pleased by the strong show of support from the NSW Government, and are looking forward to presenting our proposal to Country Universities Centres.”

The Country University Centres model allows students to access and study a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses from multiple universities. Since 2013 students at the CUC have undertaken degrees from 28 different universities from across Australia, with a 95% completion rate.

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