The Age | 24 November 2012
Hume City Council in Melbourne’s outer north western suburbs is to establish a “multiversity” to offer higher education and TAFE programs, in partneship with Kangan Batman TAFE and Victoria and Deakin Universities. From first semester next year, courses will be available in the arts, business and sciences at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury at community centres at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury.
More than 53% of residents of Hume have no tertiary qualifications compared with the Melbourne average of 42 per cent. The council hopes the project will help raise levels to Melbourne’s average.
Hume mayor Geoff Porter says youth unemployment is high in Melbourne’s north-west but the project will help improve job prospects. The learning centres will bring education to residents unable to attend university or TAFE.
Councillor Porter hopes the study centres will also appeal to Hume’s growing refugee communities.
Now that they’ve settled here we want them to know university is within reach.
Students will use the council’s Global Learning Centres in Craigieburn and Broadmeadows, which include libraries and meeting rooms. The Craigieburn centre also provides child care.
Deakin will offer an associate degree in arts, business and science that will carry credit points if students choose to go for a full undergraduate degree. Students could then enrol in a degree at a Deakin campus or study online. Victoria University will offer a diploma of business that can also lead to full bachelor degrees.
Hume Global Learning Village