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Uni Hub gears up for Port Augusta launch

August 30, 2019
HUB LAUNCH: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow and Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens.
HUB LAUNCH: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, Port Augusta Mayor Brett Benbow and Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens.

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.

Uni Hub Spencer Gulf board chair Dr Jen Cleary said the launch will provide the locals community with a chance to find out more about the opportunities the Hub will provide.

"We are a new model of tertiary education facilitation for the region," she said.

"We are providing local people with a unique opportunity to study a range of mixed mode tertiary courses and other programs, via our university partners, without the need to leave the region."

The Hub will provide students with the support, space and technology to study individually or in groups.

Student's studying with the hub's university partners will also receive face-to-face mentoring and tutorials to assist them achieve their academic goals.

"Statistics demonstrate that face-to-face support and purpose-fit facilities increase completion rates of distance education by more than 80 per cent," Dr Cleary said.

"Not only will the facility be available to Uni Hub Spencer Gulf students who are studying with our university partners or in our programs, but it will be available to anyone studying with any university."

A recent community survey conducted by the board attracted 190 responses from school students and a further 97 from industry representatives.

"This survey provided us with valuable data to help us plan for Port Augusta next year," Dr Cleary said.

"By involving local industry and schools across the Port Augusta region we can ensure that the courses we offer assist in workforce development and address skill shortages in the region.

"Our goal is to grow our own solutions and increase our workforce capability in the region to attract industry. It's about building a better future for the Spencer Gulf."

Article Source: The Transcontinental Pt Augusta

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