30 March 2013
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) chief Andrew Giddy has advised staff that NMIT is looking at asset utilisation across its campuses and is likley to sell its outer suburban Greensborough campus and sell off “non-essential” facilities at its regional Ararat campus.
The possible sale of Greensborough to a “private investor” would involve the relocation of students to other NMIT campuses in 2014 but could also potentially include a significant ongoing training delivery role for NMIT at the Greensborough site. Giddy told staff that “for some time now it has been challenging to attract a large student population to Greensborough –mainly due to less than convenient public transport links and student preferences for more central locations.”
Greensborough offers courses in design, computer systems, horticulture, music and sound production. NMIT said enrolments had fallen 43% over the past four years, and that most students lived closer to other NMIT campuses.
NMIT has also moved to a detailed due diligence analysis for the acquisition of the former Swinburne University Prahran campus as a new arts precinct. Giddy said NMIT already has a strong reputation in the Arts and a new arts focused precinct in Prahran is likely to attract even greater numbers of students.
Giddy also says that as part of NMIT’s overall strategy “we will also progress our plans to achieve Polytechnic University status which will bring key advantages, such as increased access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and recognition as an alternative pathway to a traditional research university, although we remain absolutely committed to maintaining VET programs as the core of our services.”
NMIT has a growing presence in higher education, with in excess of 1000 HE students in 17 degree and associate degree programs.