Funding for northern universities to attract regional and rural students


The Coalition Government is working to break down barriers to tertiary education for students from regional and rural areas by providing incentives to the north’s top universities who target these students.

Northern based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said James Cook University, Central Queensland University and Charles Darwin University are all eligible for a share in up to $3.5million in grant funding to encourage participation by regional and rural people.

"By providing an incentive to help support these students, for whom the tyranny of distance can make tertiary study much more difficult, the Turnbull Government is encouraging universities to consider new approaches to attract and retain these students," Senator Macdonald said.

LNP Candidate for Kennedy Jonathan Pavetto said it was a fact that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and regional and rural areas are under-represented at university.

"Some of the North’s best and brightest students live outside major population centres and it is vital they have the same opportunity as their metropolitan counterparts to engage in tertiary education," Mr Pavetto said.

"By improving access to tertiary education in regional areas, young people from North Queensland will be best placed to drive the future economic development of Northern Australia."

Senator Macdonald said the National Priorities Pool grants ensure that all young Australians, regardless of where they live, have the ability to further their studies once they finish high school.

"The Federal Government has a $6 billion vision for Northern Australia, and a highly educated, skilled workforce will be central to that."

Universities have until 31 May to apply for a share of $3.5million for projects that explore new approaches to supporting people from rural and regional areas. Applications can be submitted at http://submissions.education.gov.au

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