People living and working across the Murraylands and Riverland can now complete their university studies closer to home, thanks to the digital launch of the Murray River Study Hub (MRSH).
This initiative is being delivered with the support of key partner agencies, including Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland, the Rural City of Murray Bridge and TAFE SA. It’s been made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s $24.2 million Regional Study Hubs initiative being rolled out nationally.
The MRSH website has just gone live, meaning people can now apply to study any of the online university courses, knowing they will have the support of two regional campus sites, soon to open in both the Murraylands and Riverland.
An official launch date has been set for the Murraylands site on 6 August, 2019 and the Riverland Campus venue is set to open in January 2020.
Executive Committee Chair and TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman said all of this was just in time to provide a local university option for current Year 12 students, with many required to submit their preferences for 2020 in the coming months.
“It’s an exciting milestone for the initiative, as it aims to encourage regional people to take their first step towards a professional career,” Mr Coltman says.
“People no longer have to travel for hours each day or move to the city for degree level courses. They can study right here, in a supported environment with modern facilities.
“This week’s launch of the website means people can start exploring their university options through the hub and begin the enrolment process.
“The website has extensive information – including courses, campus locations, frequently asked questions, student blogs, news, support mechanisms and more.
“While our education partners (Flinders University and Central Queensland University) have 70-plus online courses listed already, people can choose to study any online course from around the world and still access our hub’s facilities and people.”
Invitations have now been sent out for the public launch of the Murraylands Campus (to be based in Murray Bridge), which is in its final stages of fit-out. More details on the Riverland campus’ January 2020 opening will be available soon.
Anyone looking to make an expression of interest to study at the hub, or who wants to find out more, should visit the website at www.murrayriverstudyhub.org.au.
The MRSH Murraylands Campus launch will be held on 6 August from 4-6 pm. All those with an interest can register to attend through Eventbrite.
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Key points for media:
- The MRSH website is live – murrayriverstudyhub.org.au
- People can now make an expression of interest to study through the MRSH
- While there are more than 70 courses listed online, people can choose to study through any university and use the campus facilities for support
- The launch of the Murraylands campus will be on 6 August 2019, in Murray Bridge
- The launch of the Riverland campus will be in January 2019 (date TBC)
- The MRSH has one Program Manager, and two part-time student advisors who will deliver the initiative
- This work is supported by a regionally-led Executive Committee
- Development of the MRSH has been underway for more than 12 months
- The project is funded by the Australia Government’s $24.2 million Regional Study Hubs initiative
- A marketing campaign to raise awareness and encourage enrolments will begin this week
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