The Gippsland East Higher Education Study Hub is open for 2020.
This will be the first full year of operation after receiving a grant in 2019 to complete refurbishment works.
Free for students from any tertiary institution – whether TAFE or University – the Study Hub gives students access to campus-like facilities without having to move away from home.
“Gippsland has one of the lowest university participation rates in Victoria which is largely due to affordability,” Cr Joe Rettino said.
“I am confident this study hub will provide a whole new generation of opportunities for young people across East Gippsland.”
With East Gippsland Shire’s support the hub has been likened to a ‘virtual university’ with all Study Hub students able to connect to high speed internet, video conferencing and collaboration technologies.
The Study Hub also offers group and private study spaces and the opportunity to meet like-minded students.
Workshops on topics such as time management and exam preparation, as well as guest speakers will also occur periodically throughout the year.
VCE students are also able to access the facilities to give them a safe environment to complete their study after school hours.
“We aim to be a vibrant “multiversity” where we have the potential to further expand university access across our region,” Jane Ponting, executive officer of Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN), said.
“Students will be able to register to complete university contact hours at the hub and then be linked to tutorials through Skype, and other technologies.” The Study Hub also offers much more than study spaces, with information regarding scholarship opportunities, how to find course offerings and navigating the application process all on offer.
“Federation University is our primary partner and is providing a range of student support services. We are also partnering with TAFE Gippsland to provide links to library and counselling services,” Study Hub program coordinator, Joanne Montgomery, said.
Leigh Kennedy, Head of Gippsland Campus Federation University, said this year 10 additional Bachelor of Nursing places at Bairnsdale will be delivered in partnership with Gippsland East Higher Education Study Hub (Gippsland University Students) and TAFE Gippsland.
“Aspiring nurses from East Gippsland will have the opportunity to study closer to home as part of an initiative to grow the local nursing workforce,” Ms Kennedy said.
Located within The Bairnsdale Hub at 27 Dalmahoy Street in Bairnsdale, the Study Hub is open 24 hours for registered students via electronic access card, with staff available between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays.
IMAGE: Representatives from Federation University, TAFE Gippsland and the East Gippsland Shire Council were present last Thursday to launch the Gippsland East Higher Education Study Hub. PICTURED: Peter Quilligan, chief operating officer of TAFE Gippsland, Jane Ponting, executive officer of Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network, Joanne Montgomery, Gippsland East Higher Education Study Hub program coordinator, Joe Rettino, East Gippsland Shire Councillor, and Leigh Kennedy, Head of Gippsland Campus Federation University. K69-064