All plans are on track for the 2020 opening of Port Augusta's Uni Hub Spencer Gulf campus.
The project will be officially launched at the Central Oval Complex on Friday September 13 by federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.
Local industry, schools and the wider community are all invited to attend.
Port Pirie's UniHub Spencer Gulf campus had a welcome visit from Premier Steven Marshall.
The leader was in the region as part of the Global Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf conference and trade expo.
Mayor and chairman of Spencer Gulf Cities Leon Stephens said he was happy the Premier had taken time out his busy schedule to see the campus first-hand.
"We are really proud of this and it is so important to our future," he said.
"So many school-leavers and workers in the Upper Spencer Gulf cannot just pack up and head to university in Adelaide and for many the challenge of unsupported on-line learning doesn't work, either.
"The Upper Spencer Gulf is the place to be when it comes to economic growth, but we don't want a fly-in-fly-out professional workforce - we want our own community to have better access to the university qualifications to fill those roles. UniHub is a huge part of making that happen."
Campus director Moira Coffey said Mr Marshall's visit had provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the hub to the government.
"It allowed us to share with him our achievements and some of our plans," she said.
"We discussed how the UniHub provides people in the region with the chance to study at tertiary level without leaving the area and how we provide the support, space and technology to help them succeed in their studies.
"We also spoke about the important role the UniHub played in helping workforce development and addressing skill shortages in the region.
'We explained there is a real need to increase our workforce capability in the region for both established and emerging enterprises.
"We welcome any opportunities to develop partnerships with the government that would align with our goals to address skills shortages in the region and would ensure local people's academic and career aspirations are met."
Article Source: The Recorder