Feduni records 16 percent rise
Statistics have revealed Federation University Australia has recorded a 16 percent rise in first-preference applications, the largest percentage rise of any Victorian university this year.
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre figures also showed the increase in offers made from Feduni compared with 2016 saw a seven percent rise in early and main-round offers.
The university includes a Wimmera campus with bases in Horsham, Stawell and Ararat.
Figures coincide with the launch of the University’s Berwick campus this month and the announcement of 1403 first-round offers to higher-education students for the 2017 academic year.
The university has also offered a further 130 places for TAFE students.
Acting vice-chancellor Professor Andy Smith said the university was proud to record such student interest and offer more than 1500 places across its campuses.
“This is an excellent start to the year and we wish all of our new and current students well for their studies in 2017,” he said.
“Students will be delighted to know that Feduni is ranked number one in teaching quality, student support and full-time employment by the Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.”
Professor Smith said Feduni would continue to emphasise the potential of new students to succeed rather than just the value of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank, ATAR.
“We believe our students are more than a numerical value, a ranking, based on high-school performance that is too often a source of angst for many students,” he said. “Our Open Access Selection Model allows more opportunities for students to study a higher education degree.
“It is based on applicants meeting prerequisite study scores rather than a minimum ATAR.
“It recognises a student’s potential to succeed at university study.”
A growing number of university places offered across Australia include students who do not have an ATAR.
More than 50 percent of new university students are of mature age, international, vocationally qualified or have applied directly through alternative systems.
“Our close community links in the Wimmera, Ballarat, Gippsland and Berwick play an important role in the design of our programs, providing students with the necessary skills and employment prospects upon graduation,” Professor Smith said.
“Our Industry Placement Program also allows businesses to tap into the next generation of employees.
“It enhances the students’ academic studies with workplace experience.”
Professor Smith said student support was also a major focus at Federation University Australia.
“Our comprehensive pathway and transition support programs and a firm commitment to student wellbeing is why more students are choosing to study at the university,” he said.
“We are among the nation’s fastest growing universities.
“We stand proud of our 147-year history providing tertiary education throughout western Victoria, Gippsland and now Berwick.”