Regional Universities Network welcomes support

21 Oct 2011

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The Regional Universities Network is delighted with the strong support it has received by the Federal Government and tertiary education sector since its launch last week.

Professor David Battersby, Inaugural Chair and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat, said the Network had received wide coverage in national and regional media.

"The joint show of support by three senior Federal Ministers – Chris Evans, Kim Carr and Simon Crean – is appreciated and a testimony to the Network's potential to be a strong united voice on behalf of regional universities in the Network," Professor Battersby said.

"Minister Evans announced he is looking forward to working with the Network to assist all regional universities.

"In light of the challenges and opportunities facing regional Australia, there has never been a better time to establish the Regional Universities Network."

Professor Battersby said Network members – both individually and collectively – will continue to work closely with Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australian universities.

"Regional Australia is experiencing momentous change and our universities have a critically important role to play in engaging with and assisting their regions," Professor Battersby said.

"Minister Crean reiterated his firm support for the Network this week at the Collaboration in Regional Tertiary Education Conference in Cairns.

"We now look forward to the imminent announcement of the Structural Adjustment Fund outcomes, which we expect will bring major benefit to regional universities."

The foundation members of the Network are CQUniversity, Southern Cross University, University of Ballarat, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast.

Professor David Battersby
Chair, Regional Universities Network
03 5327 8500
0448 382 973

Matthew Freeman
Media and Communications Officer
University of Ballarat
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0408 519 674


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