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RUN Welcomes New Government

23 May 2022 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) congratulates the Australian Labor Party and Anthony Albanese on their federal election victory.   RUN is looking forward to working constructive with the new Government to ensure every Australian continues to benefit from the life changing opportunities provided by accessible higher education. Regional universities play a vital …

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University of Southern Queensland blazes a trail in space research

16 May 2022 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the measures outlined in the 2022-23 Federal Budget, noting the focus on regional inv The University of Southern Queensland has been awarded $50 million under the Australian Government’s University Trailblazer Program to accelerate growth in space manufacturing and lead a new research hub of national priority. …

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Investment in regional universities will drive Australia’s prosperity

30 March 2022 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the measures outlined in the 2022-23 Federal Budget, noting the focus on regional investment with the $2 billion Regional Accelerator Program that will strengthen and grow regional economies. The Chair of RUN, Professor Nick Klomp, said that the measures outlined in the 2022-23 Federal Budget demonstrate …

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Investment in research commercialisation provides opportunity for regional universities

1 February 2022 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) warmly welcomes today’s announcement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a $2.2 billion investment in university research commercialisation. The new $1.6 billion Australia’s Economic Accelerator (AEA) ensures alignment with Australia’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy and combined with the $296 million investment in supporting 1,800 new industry PhDs and …

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New champion for the regions

6 December 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) has long advocated for an independent champion for regional, rural and remote education, and is thrilled with the announcement that Fiona Nash is the inaugural Regional Education Commissioner. Fiona has previously served as the Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Regional Communication, and most recently served …

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RUN welcomes announcement of Additional Student Places

5 December 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes today’s commitment from the Australian Labor Party of an additional 20,000 commencing Commonwealth Supported Places. RUN’s Executive Director, Alec Webb, said that today’s announcement would enable regional universities to meet increasing levels of regional student demand. “Thousands more commencing Commonwealth Supported Places would be a welcome …

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RUN welcomes the return of international students

22 November 2021 The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes today’s announcement of exemption free travel for international students and other eligible visa holders to Australia from 1 December. “The decision from the Australian Government to allow fully vaccinated international students, skilled workers and eligible vias holders exemption free travel from December 1 will be appreciated …

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The Regional Universities Network calls for infrastructure funding

2 November 2021 By Alec Webb, Executive Director As the often misquoted line from the 1989 film Field of Dreams goes: “build it and they will come”. In the case of Australia’s regional universities, this line – misquoted or not – is an inescapable truth. Built they were, and come they did. Students, academics, administrators …

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RUN leading the way in regional engagement excellence

27 October 2021 Regional University Network (RUN) members have showcased their excellence in engagement, with three member universities placing as finalists in the 2021 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards. CQUniversity (CQU), University of New England (UNE) and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) have made the finals for the Awards, which identify and celebrate the most …

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RUN Bid Wins Regional Research Collaboration Fund

7 September 2021 Researchers from the Regional Universities Network have secured funding to address regional mental health challenges, under the recently announced Regional Research Collaboration fund, which aims to enhance the research capacity of regional universities. Led by Professor Myfanwy Maple from the University of New England and in collaboration with RUN universities, the project, The Regional …

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