The Federal Government will provide Uni Hub Spencer Gulf with a further four years funding to ensure it will continue to offer students in Port Pirie and Port Augusta the opportunity to participate and succeed in furthering their education.
People in regional Australia are less than half as likely to complete a university degree compared with people in cities. Regional University Centres are helping communities across Australia to reverse this trend.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the announcement and said Regional University Centres offer students access to high-speed internet, dedicated study spaces, computer facilities and importantly, administrative and academic skills, as well as supporting their wellbeing.
“All Australians, no matter where they live, deserve access to high-quality education and these centres offer the facilities and support local students need to access a tertiary education, which helps to level the playing field with their city counterparts,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Currently more than 200 students are utilising Uni Hubs across the region- these are students who may potentially fill regional skills needs in health, schools and engineering.
“Uni Hub Spencer Gulf CEO Anita Kuss, her team and the board have been passionate about helping young people realise their academic dreams.”
Minister for Regional Education, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said extending funding for a further four years would enable Uni Hub Spencer Gulf to continue supporting its students and the broader community until June 2026.
“Uni Hub Spencer Gulf provides a much-needed service by linking schools, students and parents with local study opportunities and the suite of technical and professional careers in the region, particularly in nursing and health, social services, engineering, education and business-related fields,” Minister McKenzie said.
“We are extremely proud of the Regional University Centre program, which enables aspiring students from regional Australia to be supported while undertaking study by distance with any Australian tertiary provider.
“These centres make a real difference to our students, as they no longer have to leave their friends and families to pursue further education and can remain at home while studying, where their skills can boost local communities and economies, which is part of our plan for a strong economy and a stronger future.
“Our government is investing almost $20 billion in higher education in 2022 – this is 32 per cent higher than under Labor.”
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744 May 3 2022