Port Pirie’s Reg Dennis has been appointed as the project coordinator of the new university study centre that is set to open in 2019.
Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities, Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson is enthusiastic about the appointment, but acknowledges that there is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time if they want doors open next year.
“Reg’s appointment is just a perfect fit. We only have six months before our first student intake.”
“Our university partners are keen to move forward with the project. We will be working closely with secondary schools and local businesses to identify potential students and potential employers and to then make sure our university partners offer the courses that best meet these local needs”, Mayor Johnson said.
The centre will focus on both school leavers in addition to career-upgrade aspirants who wish to undertake post-graduate qualifications.
“In addition to Reg, we are also advertising for a whole range of skills that we will need to help successfully establish the University Study Centre, including student and industry engagement, media and marketing support and campus development.”
“We have a lot of work to do over the next six months, but we have had a fantastic response from the community-there is definitely a need.”