Scholarships and visa changes will encourage study at regional campuses

20 Mar 2019

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The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomed today’s announcement that the Morrison Government will offer scholarships to tertiary domestic and international students who study at regional campuses and an extra year of temporary residency in Australia for international students who study in the regions. 

The announcement formed part of the government’s decentralisation strategy, and ensures regional higher education is embedded in broader regional development. 

Professor Helen Bartlett, Chair of RUN, said that the network of six universities with headquarters in regional Australia was delighted with the announcement. 

“In recent submissions to government reviews, RUN has advocated for more scholarships for regional and international students to encourage study at regional campuses.  

“The government’s announcement of 1,100 new scholarships for both domestic and international students of up to $15,000 each per year will make a real difference to the recipients.  

“Financial issues are the reason many domestic regional students drop out of university, so the new scholarships will be of great assistance,” Professor Bartlett said. 

“International students will be attracted to study in regional Australia both by the scholarships, and by the offer of an extra year of temporary residency in Australia. The students will be able to work unlimited hours if they have studied at a regional university campus and remain in a regional location. 

“This joined-up approach, which embeds initiatives for tertiary students in the Planning for Australia’s Future Population broader regional development and immigration strategy, should contribute to regional economic growth.  

“In fact, seven out of ten graduates from RUN universities already work in regional Australia,” Professor Bartlett said. 

Contact: Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director, RUN, 0408 482 736 

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Twitter: @RegUniNet Facebook: @RegionalUniversitiesNetwork  

Issued by: Bernadette Smon, Media Adviser, RUN, 0478 495 457

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