City welcomes higher education push for the Pilbara

The City of Karratha has welcomed moves to explore the feasibility of a centralised university model in Karratha and is encouraging residents to have their say on tertiary education opportunities in the Pilbara.

The Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) is undertaking a study to test local waters following the successful implementation of a similar operation in Geraldton in 2010.

The model facilitates courses on behalf of a range of universities and provides administrative support as well as face-to-face tutorials from experienced local professionals.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said additional education opportunities in the City would always be welcomed.

“We know that one of the most important things to the community is having access to high quality education opportunities near where they live,” Cr Long said.

“Over the past decade we have seen vast improvements in the quality and number of primary and secondary schooling options in Karratha but tertiary is still something that people tend to move away for.”

“If there is enough demand from local students it would be fantastic to see a model similar to what has been implanted in Geraldton, established in Karratha.”

The GUC supports university courses in Geraldton on behalf of CQ University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Southern Queensland.

Currently CQ University operates an education study hub at the North Regional TAFE (formerly the Pilbara Institute) for distance based learning and these services would be bolstered through the community based model currently being explored by GUC.

The City is encouraging residents to participate in the online survey available at www.guc.edu.au/pilbara/survey as well as attend the community discussion and careers expo planned in May.

Community discussion at the Club Room
Karratha Leisureplex
5.00-6.00pm Wednesday 11 May

Careers Central ’16
Karratha Leisureplex
8.45am-2.30pm Thursday 12 May

For further information please contact Brendan Penzer 9920 4400 or email brendanp@guc.edu.au