Canberra Times | 21 November 2012
The University of Canberra will increase students from 14,000 to 21,000 by 2018 with the help of $26 million in Commonwealth funding signed off this week.
The plan to increase enrolments by nearly 50% over the next six years is one of a number of reforms, including broadening student intake through improved pathways through the University of Canberra College and additional learning support for students who might not otherwise get a place.
UC will also redesign its curriculum, and invest in flexible learning technologies and collaborations and partnerships with other tertiary institutions – most notably with Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne to create the University of Canberra Melbourne, which will take enrolments from next year.
Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans visited the campus to sign off on the $26 million in Structural Adjustment Funding, approved last year in the lead-up to a merger between UC and the Canberra Institute of Technology but put on hold when the CIT resisted the merger.
UC reapplied and was approved the funding for strategic growth outside Canberra – although Professor Parker said he was still interested in pursuing closer links with CIT.