KIMBERLEY UNIVERSITIES CENTRE TO BE DEVELOPED

Broome Future Alliance has aligned with the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), to develop a Kimberley Universities Centre operating from the UNDA Broome Campus. Broome Future Alliance (BFA) is a community based board established to advance the economic, social and cultural development the interests of the Broome and West Kimberley community. It’s foundation lays in the Broome Growth Plan endorsed by the State Government. An initiative within the Growth Plan was the establishment of a Regional University within the Kimberley. The Federal Govt review of regional higher education opportunities led to the development of the Regional Universities Centre program. For us in WA, the model that is frequently referred to is the Geraldton University Centre, which has been in operation for some time and operates as a hub, with several Universities involved, in delivering a range of higher education programs for local students in multi model format – face to face, online and remote distance. To date the Federal Govt has funded the development of 16 Regional Universities Centres across Australia. The Pilbara University Centre received funding in Nov 2019. meet a demonstrated gap in access and support for higher education in regional, rural or remote Australia. facilitate students who wish to stay in their community while they complete their course of study. enhance the experience of students studying within their own community. encourage links between the Centre and other organisations in the area, including other higher education providers (including other Centres), schools, local government, business and industry. complement existing and planned university investments and activities in regional areas, such as satellite campuses and study centres.
The objectives of the Program are to:

– meet a demonstrated gap in access and support for higher education in regional, rural or remote Australia.
– facilitate students who wish to stay in their community while they complete their course of study.
– enhance the experience of students studying within their own community.
– encourage links between the Centre and other organisations in the area, including other higher education providers (including other Centres), schools, local government, business and industry.
– complement existing and planned university investments and activities in regional
areas, such as satellite campuses and study centres.

The program is characterised by improving and supporting diversity, equity of access and participation and improved student outcomes. The BFA has aligned with the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), to develop the Kimberley Universities Centre operating from the UNDA Broome Campus. To meet the requirements of the funding program, quite a lot of research, analysis and planning is required to develop a viable and sustainable business case to meet the objectives as detailed above.

Over the coming months we need to establish:

  • student demand for the KUC and the services it will provide
  • the range of course access students desire to undertake
  • the number of students that would undertake such study if this service was available rather than not progress with higher education at all
  • the number of students that would remain on country in the Kimberley if this service
  • the views of the Kimberley education providers and support personnel in the merits of this program and the various issues that may need to be considered
  • community and local business engagement and support for the program

An initial Advisory / Planning meeting was held in Broome on 23 Nov 2019 attended byThe Hon Melissa Price MP who is a strong advocate for this program in the Kimberley.Melissa’s understanding of the RUC program and her involvement in the establishment ofthe PUC has been extremely valuable to date. Other attendees included Shire ofBroome, NR TAFE, Regional Education and local business representatives. A further meeting was held involving local regional Education dept and Broome High School repsto understand “on the ground” aspects of the program.The purpose of this informal newsletter, is to bring this exciting proposition to the attention of the wider Kimberley community, in particular the various High Schools
throughout the region.As we continue to progress the planning and development of the business case supporting the program, your engagement, input and supportwould be highly valued. For any more information and/ or to lodge your expression of interest to be involved in the planning process, please contact:

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