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New facilities at University of New England

Students at the University of New England will benefit from new facilities opened today by the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard.

These facility upgrades consist of the School of Rural Medicine and the Oorala Centre, the refurbishment of Dixson library, and the establishment of E-Learning Commons.

The Australian Government contributed $6.5 million for the establishment of the School of Rural Medicine.

The School of Rural Medicine will offer a unique opportunity for students training in rural regions of Australia to obtain a recognised world-class medical degree.

It will prepare them for work in clinical practice or research throughout Australia and the world, and help to address Australia’s rural skills shortage.

The Australian Government contributed $1.3 million to establish the Oorala Centre, which provides a study support and advisory centre for Indigenous students, including access to computers and study facilities.

The Australian Government also contributed $3.1 million to refurbish the Dixson library and to establish E-Learning Commons.

The E-Learning Commons provides an integrated service centre for all students, and supports distance education.

The recent Budget also delivered $7.3 million to the University of New England to help them rebuild their campus infrastructure after eleven years of neglect under the previous Liberal Government.

The special one-off payment is for capital expenditure on facilities to support teaching, research and student amenities.