FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKS COUNTRY UNIVERSITIES CENTRE’S EXPANDING EDUCATION FOOTPRINT

Broken Hill’s regional study hub receives funds to extend services
Country Universities Centre (CUC) will continue to evolve the education landscape in regional, rural and remote Australia, after securing a further $5.1 million in funding from the Federal Government today.
Announced by the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, the funds will go towards new and existing Country Universities Centres in Broken Hill, Cooma, Goulburn, Grafton, Griffith, Leeton, Moree, and Narrabri.
Country Universities Centre Far West, located in Broken Hill, will receive $870,000 to go towards extending service delivery, providing additional student support staff, and for the maintenance and enhancement of technology.
The non-profit Country Universities Centre provides students in regional, rural and remote communities with better access to the tools they require to excel in tertiary education.
According to CUC CEO Duncan Taylor, the organisation is revolutionising the model for tertiary education in country areas:
“We’re really seeing some significant results in the communities where we have already established study hubs, so naturally we’re thrilled that the Federal Government is enabling us to expand this successful model.”
Chair of CUC Far West, Micheal Williams welcomed the news “This is a great opportunity for the Far West Centre that will enable us to continue to provide comprehensive free support and resources for our students and further develop our partnerships to ensure the centre is well placed to meet the needs of our students and industries.”
Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2017 shows that regional students participate half as much in tertiary education as their metropolitan counterparts.
A recent student survey revealed that 99% of CUC students felt that their Centre helped to improve their academic results.
Those seeking study opportunities in their local regional, rural or remote areas, are encouraged to visit cucfarwest.org.au.