Fe­duni records 16 per­cent rise

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.”

Be­yond ATAR

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.”

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