2 October 2013
Following the passage of legislation in September enabling the merger of the University of Ballarat (UB) and the Gippsland (Churchill) campus of Monash University, Federation University Australia has been officially launched.
The new university comes into being on 1 January 2014.
It builds on a long history as Australia’s third-oldest tertiary institution, dating back to the 1870s.
Originally named the School of Mines and Industries, it split into two organisations in the 1960s keeping the School of Mines and the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, which changed to Ballarat College of Advanced Education in the 1970s.
In 1989 Ballarat CAE become affiliated with The University of Melbourne, becoming Ballarat University College, an affiliated College of Melbourne.
In 1994 it became a university in its own right, as the University of Ballarat.
The nascent university preparing to launch a major online project, building on the Gippsland campus’s established expertise in distance education and has appointed Marcia Devlin as a deputy vice-chancellor to drive its online strategy. Devlin was director of academic programs at Open Universities Australia and is a former chairwoman of higher education research at Deakin University.
The university will provide several hundred programs across many fields of study including business and commerce, human and community services, the visual and performing arts, mathematics, information technology, engineering, nursing, paramedicine, midwifery, biomedical sciences, criminology, food sciences, teacher education, behavioural and social sciences, humanities, human movement, sport sciences, the various trades and in manufacturing services.