Kevin Humphries

FAR WEST COUNTRY UNIVERSITY CENTRE EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Kevin Humphries, Member for Barwon, said the $1.2M spent by the Nationals on the Country University Centre Far West, has been a winner. Enrolments have more than doubled what was anticipated, student satisfaction levels are near perfect, Indigenous and first-in-family participation rates are well above average and all students have said that the Centre has helped them improve their academic results.

Kevin Humphries said “our regional students deserve the same opportunities as their peers in the cities, to live in their local area, close to their family and friends, while undertaking their university education.

“There are 116 students registered who are studying 69 unique degrees through 22 Australian Universities.

“The CUC Far West includes high speed internet, video-conferencing and computer and print facilities as well as workshops delivered by qualified local instructors.

“As well as the great personal benefits for students, this will also help reduce the ‘brain drain’ from country regions to city areas, and allow local businesses to access local people with the qualifications to meet their needs.

“And the results from CUC Far West is why the Nationals in government, will invest a further $8 million to construct at least five new Country University Centres, providing a local study space for those who are studying by distance,” Kevin Humphries said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, said the Country University Centre will assess suitable locations for five new regional hubs, which will be established in collaboration with local communities.

“Education is one of the greatest investments we can make, and since the first Country Universities Centre opened in Cooma in 2013, we have gone on to see the expansion of many more across NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.

“What I love about the Country University Centre model is that it really works; giving students in regional NSW the opportunity to complete a degree at home without having to relocate to the city, which is often disruptive and expensive.”

For more information on the Country Universities Centres, visit: https://www.cuc.org.au/

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