The members of the Regional Universities Network deliver educational programs across regional Australia, the nation and internationally to over 110,000 students each year, including over 45,000 students studying externally.
Our members all have their headquarters in regional cities or towns and play a vital role in the development of their regional economies and communities.
We unlock the creativity, talent and potential of regional communities by making higher education fully accessible and achievable, enrolling higher concentrations of low socio-economic and Indigenous students than metropolitan universities.
We produce, retain and attract a broad range of qualified professionals needed for regional development and economic diversification and growth. We ensure a steady supply of teachers, nurses, allied health professionals, social workers and environmental scientists to underpin essential services in our regions.
We are actively building partnerships with TAFE and other training providers to enhance educational access and develop innovative models for meeting regional skill needs.
We train over 2,600 higher degree by research candidates each year and conduct world standard research that matters to regional communities, across a range of fields including: education; rural and remote health; sustainable business development; regional development; climate change adaptation; environment, plant and water sciences; agricultural and resource economics; geoscience; genetics and animal science.
We are leading the creation of regional knowledge hubs and technology parks, providing local access to infrastructure, technologies, research, knowledge and skills and stimulating start-up and growth of new businesses.
We play a lead role in enriching the social, cultural and environmental quality of life in regional Australia.
By strengthening regional Australia, our member universities help drive national success.
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