Uni to offer bridging course
SOUTHERN Cross University will have access to new technology and headquarters after securing $32 million in federal government funding.
The funding will be used to build the headquarters of the recently announced SCU College, to be constructed at the university's southern Gold Coast campus at Coolangatta.
It will see students partner with the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and North Coast TAFE.
A key feature also funded through the bid is a state-of-the-art Personal Learning Environment (PLE), which will provide the technology for students to access quality learning experiences, combining online and face to face delivery.
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said it was an exciting development for the university.
"This significant investment in cutting edge technology coupled with new learning sites and TAFE partnerships in NSW and Queensland represents a significant advancement in education opportunities for the communities we serve," he said.
"Our innovative approach means more students can aspire to a university education. We will support students who have the ability, but not the level of preparedness to go to university.
"What we are providing is a highly supportive stepping stone into university for these students."
Professor Lee paid tribute to Janelle Saffin, federal member for Page and university council member, for her support of the bid.
SCU College will offer associate degrees in a number of key disciplines including business, health, science and arts, through a network of learning centres from Coffs Harbour to the Gold Coast and via distance education.
The learning centres will include Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Casino, Maclean, Grafton, and Ballina.
Students successfully completing their associate degrees through SCU College will articulate seamlessly into the university's degree programs.