Students in Western Sydney have increased opportunities for higher education after the launch of the University of Western Sydney’s (UWS) College at Bankstown today.
Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP was on hand to launch the UWS Bankstown campus as part of the UWS College network which received $29.8 million funding from the Australian Government.
UWS College provides an alternative pathway to university study for students who missed out on a place in their course of choice or do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate course at UWS. When complete, the UWS College network will also include new teaching facilities at Blacktown, Penrith and Lithgow.
“I am delighted to see the establishment of the Bankstown campus of the UWS College Network as this government is particularly focussed on helping universities that service regional and outer metropolitan areas,” Mr Pyne said.
“There are very exciting results already showing students who come through UWS College do better than many students with higher university entry scores.
“This new network and the Bankstown Campus are giving the young people of Western Sydney choice and flexibility in access to higher education.”
The Structural Adjustment Fund assists universities to establish longer term financial stability and to ensure that all students have access to a high quality teaching and learning experience.
“Higher education is an investment in the long-term future of our nation, and it’s vital that people in Western Sydney have opportunities to participate, as they can now do through the UWS College,” Mr Pyne said.