UC sees surge in student numbers
Canberra is continuing to grow as an academic centre following the release of new statistics that show a 32.7% increase in student numbers at the University of Canberra over the past three years, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The Chief Minister today tabled the University of Canberra Annual Report in the Legislative Assembly.
"The ACT Government is working to establish Canberra as a national centre of excellence in education and research and this boost in student numbers at the University of Canberra (UC) is evidence that policy direction is helping the university to grow," the Chief Minister said.
"There is no doubt that Canberra is going to face a tough few years ahead and it is essential that we create an economy in the ACT that also draws on expertise of a wide range of professions, not just the dominant industry of the public service.
"Our key learning institutions, of which UC is one, will play a key role in training professionals of the future and a 32% increase in student numbers, since 2009, is a good sign that we will have a strong and diverse pool of highly trained workers to draw on into the future."
The University of Canberra Annual Report also shows:
- Overall student numbers have risen from 8463 in 2009 to 11234 in 2012;
- More females than males study at the university with an increase of 27.3% in on-campus female full-time students since 2009;
- The majority (66%) of the domestic students at UC are from the ACT/Queanbeyan region (5432); and,
- 33% of domestic students were from areas outside of the ACT/Queanbeyan.
The ACT Government has been working closely with the University of Canberra to forge new research possibilities and campus based infrastructure like the new UC public hospital.
"The ACT Government has also established exciting partnerships with our tertiary sector to promote and support our city as the destination of choice for domestic and international students, world class researchers and teachers," the Chief Minister said.
"I am pleased to see the student numbers at UC trending upwards and look forward t this continuing as the government and the university work together to make Canberra an even more attractive place to live and study."
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