With funding announced today by the Hon. Dan Tehan, the Commonwealth Minister for Education, Gippsland East will become one of eight national University Study Hubs – making it possible to go to university locally.

Gippsland East LLEN will host the University Study Hub at the Bairnsdale Hub in Dalmahoy Street, providing program coordination and student administration, post-graduate courses, social learning, external examinations, study support – and outreach services to Orbost, Mallacoota and Yarram.

From 2019 students can enrol in Federation University degrees in mixed mode with supported local delivery at Federation Training’s Bairnsdale campus and eventually at the Sale campus.  Initially, degrees will be offered in business; commerce; early childhood education; information technology; community and human services.

With East Gippsland Shire’s support, all Study Hub students will be able to connect to high speed internet, video conferencing and collaboration technologies. Through Federation University and Federation Training, Study Hub students will have access to student support services including libraries, counselling and career advice.

Gippsland East LLEN’s Executive Officer, Jane Ponting, welcomed the announcement saying: “We are delighted to see this result achieved by a strong partnership that is working together to improve higher education opportunities in our region. Our Study Hub will bring universities to East Gippsland and Wellington, so that our residents can choose to study their degrees without having to leave home or study online without a local support network to back them up.”

“With our aim of being a vibrant ‘multiversity’, we have the potential to further expand university access across our region,” said Ms Ponting, “and will be developing our university partnerships to offer new courses from 2020, in areas such as nursing and agribusiness, which can be studied through the University Study Hub.”

Image from East Gippsland News, November 14 2018