A PLAN to boost higher education opportunities in Wangaratta was cemented yesterday, with Charles Sturt University and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE signing a memorandum of understanding.
The MoU is the next step towards construction next year of a $7 million CSU Study Centre at GOTAFE’s Rural Industries campus in Tone Road.
CSU courses will begin at the campus in 2013, with bachelor degrees in agriculture and agriculture business management being offered as part of an education pathway model to GOTAFE students who have completed diplomas or advanced diplomas in agriculture or related fields.
Planning has also been extended to enable CSU to offer its bachelor of nursing in Wangaratta in 2014, with entry through GOTAFE’s diploma of nursing.
The MoU was signed yesterday by GOTAFE chief executive officer Paul Culpan and Charles Sturt University’s deputy vice chancellor academic, Professor Garry Marchant.
Professor Marchant said the new centre would aim to boost education pathways in Wangaratta and the region.