RAI’s [In]Sight-Human Capital Index shows life-long learning needed in the regions
The Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI’s) [In]Sight-Human Capital Index, launched on March 28, shows that nation still has a long way to go before regional Australians have the same educational attainment as those in major cities.
The Regional Universities Network (RUN) Chair, Professor Greg Hill, said the index highlights the need for encouraging a life-long learning in regional Australia.
“Regional Australia is behind major cities from primary school literacy and numeracy to adult learning. As RAI has stated, Australia cannot afford, in either an economic or social sense, a two-speed educational system which compounds existing health, opportunity and income gaps in regional areas,” Professor Hill said.
“The pattern of young people leaving the regions to access post-school education in large metropolitan areas, commonly never to return, is a significant factor in the shortages of skills and knowledge in regional Australia.
“Regional universities play a critical role in providing opportunities for regional and other Australians to study in the regions. About 75 per cent of RUN graduates stay and work in regional Australia.
“Regions with a university, such as Armadale, NSW, the Gold Coast, Qld, and Ballina/Byron Bay, NSW, perform well and have a relatively high [In]Sight-Human Capital indices.
“Developing human capital in regional Australia is critical to its future and that of the nation as a whole,” Professor Hill said.
“The [In]Sight-Human Capital Index will provide a useful source of information for the independent review of regional education announced by the Government in February.”
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