Regional Development Australia Great Southern (RDA-GS) is pleased to confirm it has received Federal Government funding to establish an independent Regional University Centre (RUC) in Albany following the announcement today by Federal Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan on the successful applicants in the current round of the RUC’s regional education initiative.

RUC’s (formerly known as Regional Study Hubs) are crucial to supporting students in regional and remote communities to access and participate in a quality higher education. The Federal Government has committed $53.2 million for the establishment and operation of the RUC’s, part of more than $600 million in additional new funding since 2016, to improve support for regional and remote education.

“This is an exciting development opportunity for the Great Southern region and will provide a range of support services for online tertiary education students across our region” said RDA-GS Chair Andrus Budrikis.

Mr Budrikis said RDA-GS looked forward to establishing the RUC in Albany and extended his appreciation to the RDA-GS Committee, key stakeholders including the City of Albany, South Regional TAFE and many Shires and community organisations across the region who wrote in support of RDA-GS’s funding submission. “This program has received fantastic support from the broader business and education community, particularly for the delivery of a registered nursing degree in conjunction with a university partner, the first undergraduate course on the RUC’s agenda” he said.

The RUC will also be vital to the recovery and rebuilding of the local economy as the COVID-19 situation resolves and restrictions are eased. Once operational, towards the end of 2020, RDA Great Southern will be able to support those in the region who may be seeking to reskill and engage in higher education, building on the Government’s $1 billion funding package for Higher Education Relief.

The exact location for the RUC in Albany is under consideration. The independent Centre will work collaboratively with other tertiary education providers to ensure that courses and professional development opportunities are aligned with the aspirations of the region’s students. The RUC will be a facilitator of opportunities and will ensure existing providers maintain their market share.

Joint Media Release
The Hon Dan Tehan MP - Minister for Education
The Hon Andrew Gee MP - Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education

Further information on the Higher Education Relief package is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website at .
Further Information: contact RDA Great Southern Director Simon Lyas, 0417417897