More opportunities for local students and stronger industry and professional links are two of the priorities that have been highlighted by the University of Newcastle’s and Hunter TAFE’s blueprint for tertiary education in the Hunter and Central Coast.
Today, the region’s two largest education providers, came together to sign the Statementof Educational Intent, which is a commitment to collaborate to increase tertiary education opportunities through investment in programs, infrastructure and community engagement.
Professor McMillen said the University was delighted to build on its long and successful partnership with Hunter TAFE to strengthen the education opportunities available to Hunter and Central Coast communities.
“The University is a national leader in providing more opportunities for people with ability and determination to enter higher education, particularly those from low socio-economic and Indigenous backgrounds.
“This Statement confirms our commitment to the Hunter and the Central Coast to provide more options for students to enter and succeed in tertiary education and training.
“Working with our valued partner under the 2012 Statement of Educational Intent, the University will offer a greater number of complementary courses, improved articulation and credit arrangements, and more opportunities to share facilities and resources.”
Hunter TAFE Director, Phil Cox, said in addition to expanding student choices and collaborative projects, the agreement would identify and pursue funding opportunities to support joint initiatives.
“This partnership will improve access to education and training for students, build strong industry and professional links and support state and national forward planning.
“It makes sense that by collaborating and using joint networking opportunities, we can increase engagement in our programs by the community, industry and business stakeholders in the Hunter and Central Coast regions”.