Regional university could be feasible

SOUTHERN Cross and Charles Sturt Universities are leading the way toward a possible new National University in Regional Australia (NURA).

PhillipsKPA has been appointed to complete the first stage of the Feasibility Study into NURA.

SCU and CSU have been given $2 million from the Federal Government to conduct the study.

The study will look into various models for bringing together national expertise in distance and digital education delivery.

The Feasibility Study will be undertaken in three stages, beginning with a Needs Analysis.

This first stage of the study will examine the role of regional universities in meeting local and national labour force needs and in conducting research.

It will also assess the future demand for distance education to meet national higher education participation goals and examine gaps in the current arrangement and resourcing of institutions in meeting these needs.

A report on the findings of this stage of the study will be published for comment and will determine the further progress of the study. SCU and CSU announced in December 2008 they would be exploring the feasibility of a new Commonwealth Uni.

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