The Federal Government is to provide more than $25M for new places and short courses at the University of Newcastle with Ourimbah campus and the Central Coast Medical School expected to share in the placements.
The University will receive $15.3M in 2021 to deliver student places and $9.9M to deliver short courses.
Minister for Education and Youth, Alan Tudge, said the additional funding builds on the Government’s significant reductions to the cost of study in priority areas.
“We’ve created up to 30,000 additional university places for Australian students through our Budget funding and Job-ready Graduates package,” Tudge said.
“There are more university places for Australians to study in areas like teaching, engineering, health, languages and agriculture, and we are also making it cheaper to study those subjects.
“The cost of studying teaching and nursing is 42 per cent less under the Job-ready Graduates package.”
Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campuses would share in the $25M over four years and would attract more students to the region.
“The University of Newcastle will be helping students to gain the skills and qualifications needed to help drive our economic recovery from COVID-19,” Wicks said.
“Having more students studying at the University of Newcastle will also help boost local businesses.
Wicks said the Government is providing an additional $586.6M to fund additional places for higher education through the 2020-21 Budget and Job-ready Graduates package.
University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky, welcomed the announcement.
“The additional places announced provide the perfect opportunity for our Central Coast students to develop the relevant skills for a career in industries that already exist on the Coast,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming new students into these priority places.”
Media release, Feb 2
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks